Choosing A New WordPress Theme For Your Site

Whether you’re a business owner, or individual with a talent or service to share, nearly everyone can benefit from having a web presence.

Where WordPress used to be considered a simple platform for blogging, you can now make fully functioning, customizable websites by taking advantage of all of the plugins and themes that are out there.

There’s no doubt that WordPress is by far the most efficient and robust platform out there to for nearly all websites. Not to mention the most cost effective – you don’t need a web designer or programmer, or a webmaster to manage this. I simply outsource these tasks for no more than $5/hr. In case you haven’t read my blog post on outsourcing, you can find it HERE.

I even use WordPress for my ecommerce site, and of course the site that you’re reading this article on.

For tips on getting started with your domain (I recommend Namecheap) and hosting (key essentials before you can start using WordPress), check out a post I wrote a few years ago when I was first getting started:

One of the most fun parts of setting up a site is choosing a theme, so here are a few things to consider before buying:
– Use: What are the functions? Video blog, ecommerce, basic blogging, membership site, etc?
– Customer Support: Test out ahow responsive they are by asking a question about the theme
– Mobile Version: Check out the demo on a Droid, iPhone, and iPad
– Ratings: A few theme providers let buyers rate the themes

Here is a list of the best WordPress theme sources that I know of. Each one has great customer support and a great track record of ensuring that their buyers are happy with the theme they’ve chosen.

Studio Press: Allows you to purchase one or all themes in case you want to build out sites and resell them
Theme Forest: Huge selection of beautiful, cutting edge themes
Elegant Themes: $60 gets you lifetime access to all of these simple themes
Woo Themes: Buy one or 3 at a time, but I suggest just getting one as often times they come with free themes.

The only company I’ve used that I haven’t had a good experience with so far as far as theme quality and support is Template Monster, so I’d recommend staying away from them.

Remember that when you choose your theme, pick one that you like the overall layout of. It’s easy to change the logo, some of the color options, fonts, and of course content and images, but if you’re new to HTML and CSS, you’ll want to hire a programmer to make additional changes. I’ve found that many themes look great because of the pictures they’ve used to demonstrate the design, and if it’s a large image, make sure you’ve got quality pictures to add in. Then you can start playing with plugins, but that’s another blog post I’ll publish soon.

Best of luck in choosing your theme and have fun!