WordPress is already an ingenious CMS, because it allows the simple design change using so-called Themes. Select, install and your own blog looks completely different with very little effort.
Sometimes a new theme will do a great deal more than just a different design, bringing with it a whole new set of features. Functions for frontend and backend, a review system, a gallery, maybe a connection for affiliate programs and much more. Everything is possible here. But because everything is possible, the quality is not always right.
How to make sure that you select a high quality WordPress theme is explained in the following article. At the very least, he should provide seven tips that will ensure that you never get back to an inferior theme.
7 Tips to Choose the Best WordPress Theme!
1. Does the theme match your content?
The question that unfortunately few bloggers ask, is one of the most important at all. Many WordPress themes look brilliant in their live demo, so bloggers like to access them spontaneously.
But before I do that, you should first ask yourself what your content would actually look like with the theme. If the distances are right, the layout on the start page fits, what about existing pictures?
Far too few people think that a demo is just a demo, but their own content usually looks a bit different and has not been perfectly adapted to the areas of this demo.
Be aware of that, so take a close look at the demo to get an idea of ??how your own content would be presented here.
2. Do not be fooled by the name
There are WordPress themes for blogs, for portfolios, there are even those for musicians and churches. But do not be blinded by the name, because for most of them that is more marketing than fact.
Nice example are the themes for churches, which exist in the US shops now and then. I could also use these for any company, especially as they often have an event scheduler for church services, which I could also use as a wonderful tool to announce live lectures or something similar.
Just because the portfolio theme is on it does not mean that a blog can not be realized.
So do not be fooled by the name if you’ve found an interesting theme. Most themes today can be more than just one type of content and often have different options for doing so.
3. Analyzes the theme files as best you can
Okay, for beginners this is perhaps a bit too complicated, but who knows a little, then take a look into the source code of the respective theme preview.
Take a close look at the source code to see any problems in advance and not experience the evil surprise afterwards.
Above all, beginners can make sure that few scripts are used. But if the list in the source code is endless, probably all kinds of features and playful animations have been quickly integrated into the theme without any thought to optimization.
4. Disguises the lies of the seller
Sellers are always sellers. No matter what they say, they are not interested in you, they want to sell. As much as possible, as expensive as possible, as fast as possible. So they talk grandly about their premium theme, praise special features and present everything as if it were perfect.
Do not be fooled by headlines and read through every detail of the description before buying. As always, the fine print is not negligible and often more important than anything in bold.
So look and do not get caught in the trap.
5. Before asking, instead of complaining afterwards
Who does not ask before, must not complain afterwards. At least not if the issue has already been explained and if it’s up to me.
The fact is that many buy first and then get upset that this and that is not as hoped. Stupid only that the biggest bitches usually do not read the description of exactly where that is. Or they do not ask, although that would be easily possible and perhaps even explicitly pointed out.
From cancellations, returns, annoyance and more nobody has anything, so ask BEFORE buying. If you have questions, then use the forums, comments or the direct line to the developer. Anyone who knows in advance does not have to be annoyed afterwards. And if anything, no matter how small, causes you confusion, ask and wait a day to buy. You will survive it.
6. Read and study reviews
It is equally important to read the reviews in advance and to study them carefully. What exactly is criticized, for example, in the negative reviews and are perhaps also criticisms that would bother you? What exactly is praised and what about the middle ratings, why was there complete enthusiasm missing?
Reviews are not always credible or meaningful, but Internet users should be able to classify and filter them accordingly. In any case, they help me a lot, even to identify minor weaknesses of the theme.
So in the end, I can really decide whether the mentioned deficiencies disturb me or whether they are really indifferent to me personally. Because not every criticism that leads to bad reviews, is necessarily dramatic. Sometimes it is trifles that are irrelevant, but make certain buyers angry.
7. When was the last update?
The most important thing in my opinion is that theme developers update their themes regularly. Sure, minimalist WordPress themes usually do not need that, but minimalist are extremely few anyway.
However, the fatter and more extensive WordPress themes fail, the more scripts and features they use, the more important it is that the developer stuffs potential security holes, integrates new versions of the scripts, or fixes any bugs after the latest WordPress update.