How to choose the best WordPress theme for your website

WordPress Theme

You want to renew your WordPress website or build a whole new website? The basis is a great WordPress theme, and plugins to make it complete. Where do you start? And what do you pay attention to? Figuring out a new theme for your website is not always easy. It does not matter whether it concerns free or paid themes. In this article I will explain the selection process and give tips for choosing the right theme.

1. Why use a theme

There are several marketplaces for themes where you can buy themes. But there are also free themes available through WordPress itself. Even if you have little knowledge of building websites, programming HTML and CSS code a theme is easy to manage. Working with these themes mainly means speed in setting up a website and flexibility in design. I recommend that you look around at themeplanet, for example. There you will find thousands of themes.

Wordpress Theme

2. Functionalities

Choosing the best WordPress theme that suits your needs depends entirely on what you want to do with your website. Do you only want a blog or other pages and landing pages with beautiful ‘call to actions’. Do you want to make the layout yourself or do you prefer that everything is already ready?

3. Do you choose a theme that suits you or the target group?

Almost everyone will choose a design that suits them. That makes sense. More important, however, is whether the design fits your target group and the product. WordPress themes are often categorized (corporate, creative) and provide a good starting point. It is important to always keep in mind the picture of your ideal customer for each theme.

4. Draw up a list of requirements

Before you go shopping for WordPress Templates, it is advisable to make a list with the required functionalities of your website. What do you want to do or what do you want the customers to be able to do when you visit the website? You can distinguish between necessary functions and fun functions. How and where do you want to adjust colors? How would you like to organize the website? Does that differ per page? What should the menu be able to do and where?

Wordpress Theme

5. Get help from a professional

Finding the right theme can still be a daunting task. If you work with a developer, this professional can help you well. In fact, that is his profession. Even if you are not a customer, a question is asked and you can count on him to answer your question.

6. What kind of support do you get with the theme?

Documentation is essential if you have little or no knowledge of programming languages. With the majority of the themes, the functionalities are great but not always easy to figure out or you have to combine different actions for the beautiful effect in the demo website. If you do not have good documentation, you can spend a lot of time with it. A second form of support is access to a forum. So you can ask questions when needed. 

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