So if you’ve been blogging for a while (or even if you’re totally new at this!), you know about the world of WordPress themes.
When I first started my blog, I went crazy over the endless amounts of themes that were out there. It was overwhelming and I had no idea how to choose. I did know that a WordPress theme is soooo important. It’s literally what helps you make your first impression when someone first lands on your blog.
There were so many out there at different price ranges and as a newbie, I didn’t have much to spend.
But what I didn’t know was what really goes into choosing the perfect WordPress theme. And no, it’s not just about looks! (like I thought)
So how do you choose the best WordPress theme for your blog?
There’s actually quite a bit that goes into it. You have to think about the theme’s functionality and what you’re looking to use it for.
It has to make sense. And it has to be easy to use!
So if you’re on the hunt for the best WordPress theme for your blog, these are 5 things you should consider:
#1 Does it match your needs?
Your WordPress theme has to meet your needs for what you’re intending on using it for.
If you run an online store, you need to make sure the WordPress themes you’re looking at can support that.
If you’re a service based biz, you might want to make sure that the theme has a way to beautifully display your services. Maybe you want to display them on your homepage or maybe you want to create a landing page for your services. You have to check if the theme can do that.
#2 Functionality & Mobile Responsiveness
This one’s a biggie.
Your WordPress theme needs to be functional. It needs to work properly and not be difficult to navigate. If it’s difficult to navigate, it will turn people away.
And one thing people don’t think about too much is mobile responsiveness. In fact, the majority of people who visit my website are visiting on a mobile device. Not desktop.
So you have to think about how it looks on mobile. Is it responsive? Is it mobile-friendly? The last thing you want is to pick out a theme that looks amazing on a desktop, but when you switch over to mobile… it basically looks like a disaster.
Always check how the theme looks on multiple devices. This is a must.
Looks are important, but not the #1 thing you should be looking at. Meeting your needs and being functional are two big ones that are always at the top. But once you find a few that a pretty, functional, and meet your needs, then you can start narrowing things down by looks!
You don’t want something scary or disorganized driving people away. If it’s not visually appealing, people will click off your website in a heartbeat and it could even come off as being unprofessional.
You want to make sure it’s pretty not just to you but to your website visitors too.
A lot of the time, when you’re shopping around for WordPress themes, they almost always have a demo available for you to check out. I like to make sure to thoroughly look at the demo several times on mobile and desktop before making a decision.
You definitely want something you can customize and make your own. You don’t want it to look generic or overused.
The theme you choose should have some level of customization so that you can update the theme to match your branding. Here’s where looking at the demo comes in.
While the demo is set up a certain way, make sure to look at everything and read the info on the sales page to see what kind of customization the WordPress theme allows.
Another great tip that I love doing is googling the name of the theme. Sometimes people purchase themes and write reviews on them. Searching for it online will help you see how the theme looks on other blogs and how they customized it themselves.
If you can find a handful of websites with that theme, you should be able to see how different they are and how customizable they are.
Some WordPress theme sellers may even have a showcase or spotlight where they show a portfolio of people using their themes.
Always do the research!
Last but not least, you need to look at the price.
While this definitely varies, there’s something out there for every budget.
So when I first started my blog, I started off with a free WordPress theme.
Those are great for beginners if you don’t have much to spend. But shortly after using the free theme, I switched over to an inexpensive one.
I probably paid around $20 or so for a WordPress theme from Etsy! Make sure to shop around based on your budget. There’s usually something at every price range.
Where to find WordPress themes
Like I mentioned, there are many places to go for WordPress themes. It all depends on your needs and what you’re willing to spend.
You can check on:
These places are websites where you can find many different themes from different sellers. Another option is to look for specific sellers on their own websites.
My favorite WordPress theme
I purchased my WordPress theme directly from someone who specializes in theme and sells them on their website. My all-time favorite place to purchase premium feminine WordPress themes for bloggers and business owners is *drum roll* BLUCHIC!
Yes, Bluchic is my one stop shop for themes and templates. I’m currently on their Victoria template and it honestly ticks all my boxes. I don’t see myself changing themes or a while (if ever!)
They have a ton of options to choose from and all their themes are very customizable and mobile-friendly. Their themes retail for a one-time fee of $79 but it’s well worth the price because of how professional they look.
So when it comes down to purchasing your WordPress theme, you need to do the research! I tend not to buy them on the fly and if I find one I like, I sit on the idea for a while, do research, read reviews and even reach out to the seller if I have any questions or doubts about it.
WordPress themes are digital products so because you get instant access to them, many sellers might not refund you if you don’t like the theme. Because there’s no way to return it!
Be certain that the themes you have your eye match what you’re looking for. Remember to ask yourself:
- Does it match my needs?
- Is it functional and mobile-friendly?
- Is it visually appealing?
- Is it customizable?
- Is it in my price range?
So think wisely and make sure to think of these things when you’re in the market for a new theme.