Many of my clients get overwhelmed and confused when it comes to looking for a WordPress theme aka “skin”. There are so many to choose from that you could spend days looking for just the right one. I think of looking for a theme the same way as looking for a house. For instance, when you look for a home you have certain requirements you want right? Like a certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms, maybe you want a two story with a yard. You can always add to the house or change it once you've purchased it – but you have to pay someone to do so. It's the same with themes. Make sure that it meets the minimum requirements that you want – you can always pay someone to add or change it later.
Here are some easy guidelines to follow to help you find a theme that works for you.
- Overall Layout – look closely at the layout of the screen. Where is the menu located? Does it have a background image or color? The best way to see the different layouts is to view the “live demo” of the theme. This will give you a true visual of what theme looks like including sample pages. For example – themeforest.com has wonderful themes and they offer “demos” of each as well as a short description.
- Banner vs Logo – do you want to have a full banner or just a logo for the header of your site? A logo generally sits in either corner of the site and a banner spans the entire width of the site.
- Page Templates – does the theme you like come with different “templates”? Page templates give you different options for the layout of your pages. For instance, does it have a “sales page” which is a page that is full width without showing any widgets on the right or left.
- Sidebars – these show up on all or specific pages either on the right or left hand side of the page.
If you're looking for theme recommendations – see an earlier blog post here. If you've found this helpful, please comment and share!