5 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Theme for Your WordPress Blog

Choosing a Theme for Your WordPress Blog

With so many themes out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. We're going to show you how to choose the right theme based on your needs, and how to make sure you get the most out of it. There are some key factors that influence your decision when choosing a WordPress theme, such as whether or not it is responsive and what features it has available.

1. How to choose a theme for your WordPress blog

To figure out your blog theme, think of what you want your blog to be about and the topics you want to write about. If you’re starting a blog about fashion, you might want to choose a theme that’s related to fashion and that has lots of customization options for colors and fonts. If you want to blog about fitness, the theme might focus more on client testimonials.

If you start your search by looking at every WordPress theme you see, you won’t necessarily get what you were looking for. But sometimes you can find what you were looking for by doing a little digging. First, you need to identify what kind of theme you need. If you’re planning on writing only online articles, then you might want a responsive WordPress theme. If you’re writing more in-depth information about a product, like a fitness product, you might want a website or online store theme.

Then you need to narrow down your choices even further. Are you having a hard time choosing a theme? It can be hard when you see so many options out there. That’s why we came up with three key factors that are important when choosing a WordPress theme and where to begin your research. If you’re trying to choose a theme that’s a duplicate of an already-existing theme, you’re going to feel overwhelmed. First, look at all of the options and see which ones are similar. Then, read more into the themes’ reviews to see what users have liked about them. If you’re trying to choose themes that are so much like each other that you can tell they came from the same place and didn’t spend a lot of time tweaking things, stay away from the theme area.

Now it’s time to narrow down your search even further. Do you still want to explore a bunch of themes? Just like you discovered the types of themes you’d like to use, you’ll want to do your own digging and learn as much as you can about each.

2. Responsive themes vs. non-responsive themes

When looking at themes, you might have noticed that some are responsive and some are non-responsive. A responsive theme adjusts to the screen size of your device, which is great for usability. A non-responsive theme doesn’t adjust, which means that you’ll have to zoom in and out to read the content on your screen. Choosing a responsive theme might mean an extra download, so we advise checking the compatibility of the theme with your device first.

Responsive themes categorize their code according to the device’s width and height, and they are all compatible with Google’s Bootstrap framework. Now that you’ve chosen the right theme for your needs, there’s only one thing left to do: make it beautiful. Some people think that just having a great application and adding a sleek design will make the user experience wonderful, however, there are a few more things to consider. When installing or updating a theme, it’s possible that you will encounter 404 errors. 404 errors are error messages indicating that the WordPress theme you are using isn’t working. This is perfectly normal behavior and can easily be fixed. To fix 404 error messages, visit your theme’s documentation and look for instructions on how to fix 404 errors.

Once you’ve made sure your theme’s code is responsive, make sure to get help from those who built it. Some theme development companies will go over the code in more detail than others, which saves time and money. Yes, we can’t always guarantee that your website will display exactly as it’s designed, but we will make sure that your website displays the best it can. When you pay for a WordPress theme, you are paying for the energy and time that has gone into building this application. It might be against their policy to alter your website’s appearance, but that is to ensure that all other issues have been taken care of before you pay for the theme again. It’s often more economical to acquire a new theme that is fully compatible, rather than paying for a theme with limitations.

3. The right features for your blog

The features on your blog should depend on what you need it to do. If you’re trying to sell a product, then you’ll want the blog to have a shopping cart so people can buy your product right off your website. If you’re just launching a new blog or are using it to showcase your company, then the blog could just be used to promote yourself. How much engagement your blog has will also depend on how different your site is. If you have a fairly limited number of products or a very different style of blog, then the blog you choose may not be ideal for you. Here are some things to remember before you go too far with the theme you choose:

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A good theme should have a shopping cart, so customers can easily buy products on your website and add them to their shopping cart. When choosing a theme, look at the options on the front page and make sure they incorporate all of the basics. Don’t worry about the theme having a featured video or interactive elements if it won’t be used for video content.

Content management

If you’re just going to use your theme for posting on your blog, then it’s unlikely to include all of the main page template elements such as headers and footers. We also recommend a theme that is not too dependent on Javascript, which helps reduce the bounce rate for users. If your blog includes product or shopping cart pages because you’re manually editing content on your blog or want user-generated content, make sure the theme includes the feature, as they can either control the plug-in or theme’s code.

Collaboration and benefits

Many themes include social sharing buttons under the “dashboard” section. This is really beneficial for most people because it lets other people see your blog without having to leave your site.

4. How to choose the right color scheme

When you’re choosing a color scheme for your brand, the first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of emotions you want your brand to evoke. Do you want people to feel happy, or energetic, or intelligent? Once you’ve come up with your brand’s emotional core, you should use that as inspiration for your color scheme. If you’re creating a brand or brand identity, you should incorporate this in your theme choices. Even if you aren’t creating a brand or identity, taking this step is still important because naming your color palette will help your customers tell what your brand looks and feels like.

Choosing a single primary or secondary color palette with primary and secondary hues is enough to create a vibrant and eye-catching brand. While a few companies like Laura Ashley or Gap uses an exact ratio for their palettes, most companies follow the same rules.

Primary: is used for external visual elements such as headlines, brand colors, and company imagery. Secondary: is used for brand colors, logomarks, and personalized or character-based colors.

As you can see from the image above, your primary and secondary palette should line up to show the same emotion. Having this established will make selecting a color scheme easier when you’re approaching it from an aesthetic, rather than a logical standpoint.

When picking colors for the website, use a basic rule of thumb for everything. For example, use at most 3–5 primary and 2–3 secondary colors. Areas of your website where you have more space, such as the header section, should typically be kept simple with only a secondary color (or none at all).

Parks and other physical spaces such as malls or apartment complexes can often require more creativity when it comes to colors. Again, stick to 3–5 primary colors for these spaces and more vivid colors for textures and patterns.

You can also turn to our friends at Google for color inspiration. Search for your keywords and enter the domain or keyword in the search bar.

5. How to install a theme on WordPress

To install a WordPress theme, you need to go to the Appearance tab in your dashboard. If you’re using a child theme, you can also install the theme from there. Once you click on the Appearance tab, click on Themes. Then, click on Add New. In the search box, type in the name of the theme you want to install.For example [cloudforms]. Once it’s added, the search will start to return a ton of themes. So browse around and see what fits your needs the most.

Below are the most popular themes and what features they have. You may have a different preference when it comes to your theme, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments.


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