Have you just installed WordPress and wondering which WordPress theme you should select? This article will guide you how to select the right theme for your WordPress blog. At the end of this article, we will also list down our recommended themes.
I am sure you realize that how important it is to choose the correct theme for your WordPress Blog. Not only it makes the first impression on your blog’s visitors, it is also important from the SEO perspective. A theme that is difficult to navigate and not well organized will drive away your visitors. And the search engines will not be happy with a poorly coded theme.
Simpler is Better
Some of the themes look very fancy and attractive but they contain a lot of complexity. Obviously with more features, the complexity level increases. Our suggestion is to go for a simple theme that loads faster. You need to be sure that the theme is properly coded and the correct coding standards are followed. If you are someone who requires a lot of functionalities, custom theme may be a good option for you.
The Theme Should be Related to Your Industry
Depending on your niche, you may want to choose the relevant theme. For example, if your blog is about Fashion, why would you install a WordPress theme that was designed for Webdesigning company? You can search on Google for the relevant themes, for example, search for “Fashion WordPress Themes”.
Maximum Browser Compatibility
If the theme you are using is displayed properly on your computer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be displayed same on other computers. While choosing a WordPress theme, ensure that it is compatible with all of the modern web browsers. If the theme you have chosen has specified cross browser compatibility and that it is w3 valid, then you are good to go. However, it is still good to test after installing the theme.
Using FREE Themes
There are tons of free themes available. However, some of them require backlinks and attribution. Do not ignore these terms and conditions. Make sure that your free theme doesn’t require too much of backlinks. If they do, just change your theme – there are plenty of free themes available. Said that, there are commercial themes available (as in below list) that don’t require any backlinks or attribution.
Recommended WordPress Themes
- Thesis Theme
- Genesis by Studiopress
- Standard Theme
- Woo Themes