Deciding what is the the best wordpress theme to use will ultimately make the difference of how long your visitor remains on your website. When creating a website, it is important to remember that visually it has to be attractive and more importantly, easy to read and follow. Not only does your theme need to produce a website that supports easy to read content, it also must be easy for you to navigate and customise as you use it. For this reason, I have derived to write a ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ around how to choose the best WordPress theme…
Avoid Those ‘Fancy Pants’ Themes
It is very easy to get sucked into these ‘all singing, all dancing ‘Fancy Pants’ themes, in fact, these types of themes often take more time to learn and master, than many ‘standard’ WordPress themes. Good examples of these themes are the Divi Theme, Visual Composer for example. Don’t get me wrong , if you want to build a really professional website with all the bells and whistles in one theme, or you maybe building a website for a company or client, then go for these – but only once you have mastered them. I have made this mistake when attempting to build a blogging site using Divi for example, there are literally TONS of feature and modules, and i felt like i needed a degree to master many of these functions.
Having said that, I have actually mastered the Divi Theme from Elegant Themes, as a few client’s have acquired my services which required me to have more control over some aspects of their Websites, and for all intents and purposes Divi Theme enabled me to build a professional business looking site. But in terms of building a website just for blogging etc, or a website just for promoting Wealthy Affiliate and maybe you are building a website around a niche or interest, then many standard themes you get with WordPress will be more than suitable. Keep watching this space, as I intend to write a Divi Theme review soon.
There Are Some Great Free Themes Out There
If you are a free or indeed a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, then you will have access to 1000s of quality WordPress themes. Again, when choosing these free themes make sure they fit the following criteria:-
- Visually appealing
- Easy to navigate
- Good widget support (some themes do not support specific widgets)
- Includes Social Media ‘Follow’ icons
So What Is The Best Free WordPress Theme?
I cannot possibly say with any conviction what the best free WordPress theme is. Wordpress Themes are very individual and unique in their own right.
Well, there are some great free themes that I do recommend are:-
- Weaver II
- Iconic One
- Twenty Fifteen
- Twenty Seventeen
‘Paid For’ Premium WordPress Themes
Many free WordPress Themes are great as they are, but many include more functions and features when you update to their ‘Premium’ version. These extra features may include social media plugins, and more customisable options etc. If you like the free version of a theme and use it alot , then sometimes it is a sensible idea and even cost effective to upgrade to their premium version for that reason.
I have already mentioned the Divi Theme and Visual Composer to name just a couple, and these themes in particular can produce some really great looking websites. But there are many Premium themes which are worth a look. Some of which are:-
- Divi 3.0
- Visual Composer
- Eleven40 Pro Theme
- Thrive Themes
- Parallax One
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Whilst it is widely known that WordPress itself is very easy to master, choosing the right theme for your blog is essential. As explained, keeping things simple is the best way forward when choosing a WordPress theme, thus avoiding those ‘Fancy Pants’ themes and page builders. Sometimes it pays to do some research and what themes other folk are using, and there are plenty of advice within the Wealthy Affiliate Community relating to this. I hope you have found my post helpful, and I would be very grateful if you can leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!