How to Choose From Free WordPress Themes
With thousands of available WordPress theme, installing a theme hardly takes 30seconds but how do you choose that lucky one you want to continue with.
- Why are people giving away themes for Free? Free Vs Premium themes.
Common, If I don’t like the theme, I will uninstall that and will install the another! Simple, Nah not that simple
Reasons to stick with Theme:
- Your customers get used to your site’s UI.
It’s human nature to get used to. When I open my site my posts have to be on right. And my sites name on the top left.
- Themes support for plugins may be different. You may have to install a complete bunch of different plugins.
- If you have written Custom CSS or shortcodes those might not be applicable to the next theme
Now let me be practical I won’t tell you to test the WordPress theme on different browsers to check compatibility or to go through the code to test if it’s well written. This will be a quick guide for beginners on how to select the best in the market.
Decide Which Site Are You Making
Do you want to make a blog, a single business page or make a brochure or an e-commerce store?
This is the very first thing you need to filter out. So your 50% work is done. Let me give you an example. I want to make a dental website. Cool, now my search will reduce down to “the best dental themes available”. If my site has to have an e-commerce store, so theme supporting woo-commerce plugin has to be the priority.
Take a free opinion from Bloggers
Bloggers have worked a lot for you by choosing from thousands, the best available themes. A simple Google search can save you lots of time.
Preview Many Themes
With the short down list of themes, head on WordPress.org theme directory. You can search for any type of theme. Almost all the themes have a preview option available, click on the preview button that will open up a demo of the site. Look over the layout, the way sidebars are placed. Now think over would you like to have a site like this?.
The way the site looks matter a lot for user experience. No one is going to go through your site code. It’s the website look and feel that matters the most. Below points in the post will matter if you like the Preview.
The number of Active Installs and Ratings.
If yet there is confusion. Sometimes it’s better to flow with the stream. If there are 1000’s of active installs. A number of people are giving it 5 stars. Certainly, It must be good for something. A % of negative rating can be ignored but if a majority is hating better stay away.
What is responsive?
In simple words, your web page should look good on all types of devices. Let it be a laptop or a mobile or a tab.
Yeah, you are developing the website on your laptop, but the majority of your crowd will be coming from mobile. With developers understanding this point, most of the current themes are responsive but cross verifying is better.
To test: Try to resize your browser screen, your theme should readjust within available screen space.
This means your website support English and also other languages.
Majority of websites are by default made for English, but if you are planning to support multiple languages in the future. Check if your WordPress theme is translation ready and supports multilingual WordPress plugins. You may find the information on the theme page else raise the question in the support forum.
Hope this will help to solve your cloud of confusion!
Came till the end of the post but
not liking any of the themes OR you want themes which very few people are using OR you want guaranteed support
You need to look for premium(paid) themes then.