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 many versions and evolutions the theme has gone through – you can also get a gage if there were a lot of problems and bugs in the theme. You can also tell if the creators are always improving the theme to make their customers happy.
If you find a website that you like and are curious if it is a wordpress theme – go to:
whatwpthemeisthat.com It will tell you the theme’s name, author, version, plugins etc.