How to Find A Great WordPress Theme!

If you are currently searching for a wordpress theme to update your website, there are literally thousands of choices out there.  Before you commit to one, its a good idea to go through a checklist. Responsive Layout – test the demo of the theme on as many devices as possible to see if the theme is truly responsive.  If it doesn’t look good on your phone or iPad it’s probably not a good theme. Retina Ready Great support team – when you need your questions answered the team responds quickly to your inquiries. Also documentation and installation demos that are easy to follow are very important. Read all the comments pertaining to the theme you are interested in.  You can learn a lot about the theme and its limitations before you purchase it. Pay attention to design.  Some thought must go into every page. Make sure the theme meets your needs.  If you are not happy with some of the navigation or design , or you feel the need to hire a developer to make some changes, then the theme probably isn’t a good choice. Don’t be swayed by the number of purchases.  Just because a particular theme is popular doesn’t mean that it is necessarily a good choice.  Many themes that advertise their popularity are lacking in the latest features. Really consider how you want your blog page to be.  Many people buy their themes, and then aren’t happy with how their blog is archived or displayed. Short code plug-ins, widgets, bootstrap, etc etc.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  Learn what these are about- or ask a developer. Simple is always good -don’t turn your nose down on one page themes – some of the new ones being developed are excellent! Check out the theme’s changelog – you can see how… Read more »

Responsive Web Design – Why it Matters!

In my ongoing search to find a truly responsive wordpress theme to update Peter Reali’s website, I looked at tons of websites out there, and was shocked to find so many lacking in responsiveness.  By this I mean, how does a website look on a mobile device? Corey Messom VP, Interactive at Fuel Advertising stresses that 50% of web traffic is on mobile devices, and that the number of global mobile users will likely overtake desktop users by 2014.   Think of all the ADs out there looking at your portfolio from a smart phone, and not being able to upload, view, navigate or swipe your images quickly and efficiently.  If you are in the process of redesigning your website I would highly recommend that you design “Mobile First”.  No matter how creative or interesting you want your website to be, if it isn’t mobile friendly, it isn’t worth doing.  The days of “Flash” are sadly over.  Making a separate App for mobile seems expensive and cumbersome.  Lots of developers and themes out there make claims to being responsive, and actually are not.  Try the test yourself: “Basic Testing for Responsive Web Design”  (image courtesy “,MSDN.10).gif” Your full layout and content must scale to as much screen real estate as is available.  Great design ensures that your users have a great experience on their mobile devices!  Try it on your current website.