Which WordPress Theme Is Best For Your Blog
“Which WordPress Theme Is Best For Your Blog” is something I have been getting asked a lot lately. As you may have noticed, WordPress has retired many of its older themes. And the new selection of themes is subpar to say the least. There are not many themes being offered at the moment and the ones that are being offered may not fit every blog perfectly.
Since, my theme is one that has also been retired, I have been doing some research into themes myself. And I realised, I don’t have a lot of posts on this topic. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have no posts on this topic. That’s why I decided to share some information on how to figure out which WordPress theme is best for your blog. These are some things you need to think about before figuring out which WordPress theme is most suited for your website or blog:
First and foremost, you need to figure out your niche or niches. I have nothing against multi-niche blogs. But, if you’re a multi-niche blog you need to figure out what those niches are. Look at the theme and think about whether it’s right for your niche or not.
For example, I have a multi-niche blog and I blog professionally. Therefore, I need a theme that will display my latest posts as well as have the option of displaying my services and introduction pages first. I also need a theme with widgets, menus etc. That is what I would look for in a theme.
If you’re a travel blog or website for example, you will need a theme that’s completely different from a hobby or educational blog. Travel sites want to display their destinations, deals etc. They don’t need the widgets option but they do need menus. They also need a theme that offers a lot of images rather than writing.
For a fashion or lifestyle blog, you’ll need a very aesthetically pleasing site. Something that looks classy but not clustered.
Those are just some examples of what you need to look for and why it’s so niche specific. You know your site or blog best, so which WordPress theme to use is up to you. Just make sure the theme offers the options you are looking for in your site.
You budget is a very important part of picking a WordPress theme. Why? Because WordPress only offers very limited options for those on a free plan. Their options for themes are limited as it is but for those on a free plan, the theme options are quite scarce.
If you are planning on making blogging a full-time thing or even a part-time option for income and have enough money in your budget to upgrade to a paid plan, you should. If you can afford a paid plan, that would really increase the amount of themes that you can use for your site. I have noticed most of the good themes are only available to those with a paid plan.
However, not to worry if you don’t have a paid plan. And don’t want to get a paid plan anytime soon. If you’re blogging as a hobby or just starting out it may also not be in your budget to get a paid plan. There are some great options for free themes too. You may just have to customise it a lot more to get it to look how you want it to. So be prepared to put in some time and work. And if you don’t have time to make these changes yourself, I do offer some services where I can personally help you pick a theme and customise it to look exactly how you want it to. Feel free to check out a full list of the services we offer here.
SEO is a vital part of any website. Especially, if you are planning to get more followers, traffic or make an income off your blog. SEO can often make or break your blog. And when it comes to deciding which WordPress theme is best for you, you need to think of SEO.
SEO measures a number of things on your site that concerns your theme. Firstly, you need to make sure your themes loading times are good. Your loading times need to be below a certain amount of seconds otherwise it will negatively affect your SEO. And some themes just tend to load slower. You want to avoid these themes. It’s best to choose themes that are simple and minimalistic because these themes tend to load much faster.
Another thing you need to look out for is how your text shows up. Make sure your audience can comfortably read it both on their laptop and mobile phones. And make sure to account for older readers that may not be able to read smaller text. Or certain styles of text. Some themes have cursive writing or very small text sizes. Make sure to pick themes that have a good text size and style.
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I hope this post helped you figure out which WordPress theme is best for your blog or site. It’s not an easy task to pick a theme. Especially when WordPress keeps retiring the good ones. But it is still possible to find a good theme that works for you.
What do you think about WordPress themes? Are you fully satisfied with your WordPress theme? Which WordPress theme are you currently using? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below what your thoughts are. Or simply stop by and say hi!
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