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Posted April 6, 2017 by Amber Benson in Tips and Tricks
 
 

6 Simple Tips – WordPress Themes

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What is a WordPress Theme?

A WordPress theme changes the design of your website, often including its layout. Themes dictate the way that your WordPress website looks. You can consider it the skin of your site, or the look and feel of your site, it’s the eye-candy that you hope website visitors ooh and ahh about.

It changes the aesthetic look of your website, without changing the core functionality of WordPress that we all love and enjoy.  You can think of your theme as the clothes your website wears.

Most of the WordPress themes come with a bundle of customization options. If these options are not coded appropriately, they can make it extremely difficult for you to change the themes or use various other plugins. So be sure to check reviews and references, to find out if others have had problems with a theme you are considering.

Tips to help you choose a theme:

1. Sometimes simpler is better

Most of the WordPress themes come with lots of complex layouts, colors and flashy animations. Sometimes you may also need such things but in most cases you actually don’t. You can also look for a theme that has a design layout that helps you support your goal. It should look great but without compromising simplicity and usability.

2. Your theme must be responsive

Because so much web traffic comes from handheld devices and mobile devices, your theme must be responsive. A responsive theme is one that adjusts its layout across different devices and sizes. This ensures your pages look good no matter what physical device the user is seeing it on.

3. Be compatible with “all” browsers

Your users use several different browsers. Yyour WordPress theme must be compatible with almost all these browsers. That is, it must appear correctly on each of these browsers. If you use Google Analytics on your site, you can see which browsers are being used to view your pages. One way to ensure compatibility is to have all those browsers on your computer, and test your theme in each of them.

4. Use WordPress plugins

The plugins are the real power of WordPress. You can achieve almost anything on your site, using the appropriate plugin. There are hundreds (maybe thousands?) of free plugins – you just have to be clever at searching for what you want. There are also hundreds (maybe thousands?) of paid plugins. Sometimes you should pay for a plugin depending on how complex your goal is. Paid plugins generally have better support, so you can get your questions and issues resolved quickly.

5. Page builders

Page builders allow you to create various page layouts using a drag and drop interface, making it very easy to get the look you want. Some themes come with a page builder pre-installed. Sometimes the page builders create a lot of code in the backend, which slows down your site. Search engines, and your users (!!), appreciate a fast-loading site.

6. Look for Versatility

Depending on what you are planning for your websites, you may want to create portfolios, a business website, or a blog or magazine. It would be not be efficient (or very easy) to use a different theme every time. First, you spend a lot of time searching for a theme that works, and then you have to spend a lot of energy and time learning how to make the best of it.

Each new theme means you have to adjust to a new set of conditions and styles you have to set up. Wouldn’t you be better off with a single theme that is powerful and versatile enough to deliver on your requirements and needs across various projects?

If you manage to get a truly flexible theme, then that theme will not only lay the foundation for many types of websites, but it will also help you come up with unique results again and again.

If you’d like step-by-step instructions, taking you through the process of setting up your own WordPress site, customizing its appearance and filling it with content, you can get it here.Wordpress Wiz