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The Theme Selection Process - How To Choose The Best Theme For Your WordPress Website

Choosing the best theme will depend entirely on what you aim to achieve with your website. A blogger will most likely use a different theme from a web designer or a photographer. An eCommerce store will need to showcase its products and will therefore need a theme that will do just that. When matching your WordPress theme to what you have to offer to the world, you have to consider the following tips:

1. Does it include all the features you want in a theme?

To know the answer to this question, you must already have an idea of which features are important. To find out what you want, you can research your favorite WordPress websites and write down the features you would like on your own website. To give you an idea, for example, you may want to have a theme that has the following features:

  • Unlimited colors
  • Fully mobile responsive
  • Number of columns supported
  • Number of available layout positions
  • Custom or Google fonts option
  • Ready-made widgets
  • SEO-optimized

The more choices you have, the better. But sometimes, especially if you’re a WordPress novice, having too many options available can only lead to confusion, which brings us to the next point.

2. Will your theme help you support your website’s goal?

If you’re a blogger, you want a theme that will showcase your content and your ideas. You don’t want too many animations and advertisements flashing on your content pages as that could be distracting for your website visitors. If you’re building an online store, you’d want a theme that will showcase your main products. You’d want to be able to put up nice images, maybe even image sliders or galleries, and video support so your customers can easily decide for themselves if they want to buy your products or not. In most theme marketplaces and theme shops, you’ll find that most of them have categorized their themes. For example, if you go to ThemeForest (https://themeforest.net), you’ll see that their WordPress themes are categorized into these categories:

  • Blog/Magazine
  • BuddyPress
  • Corporate
  • Creative
  • Directory & Listings
  • eCommerce
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Layers
  • Mobile
  • Non-profit
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Weddings
  • Miscellaneous

As you can see, ThemeForest makes it easy for their customers to find the perfect WordPress theme for their needs. Bloggers can simply check out themes in the Blog/Magaziness category, and for those looking to build a membership site they can easily browse through the BuddyPress category, and so on.

3. Does the theme include a drag and drop builder?

Drag and drop builders make it easy for you to customize your website anyway you want. All you basically have to do is just know the elements you want to use on a specific page, drop it, and add the content to the element. For example, if you want to add a video, you simply drag the video element to the area you like, then upload or add a link to the video. You don’t need to pay a website designer to make your website look nice. You can visit your favorite sites for inspiration, and then use your drag and drop builder to create landing pages, homepages, and any other page on your website exactly as you want. Some popular drag and drop builders that come bundled with premium WordPress themes are Thrive Theme’s Thrive Architect and Elegant Theme’s Divi Builder.

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