How to Pick the Right WP Theme?

Selecting the right WordPress theme for your blog/website from the thousands available out there can be a very overwhelming affair. Furthermore, selecting a WordPress theme is like selecting a mate. You’ll be stuck with it for a good time! Hence, make sure that you opt for the right one! Here’s how to go about it.

Understand and define your needs
It’s very easy to get swept away by the beauty of all those themes, as you review them for your website. Don’t act on impulse and approach the process with a solid plan. Here are some questions that you’ll need to answer:
– Will your website be a small brochure kind or consist of plenty of content?
– Will it have e-commerce functionality or not?
– Will it be the responsive kind, so it works well on the mobile devices too?
– What are the most important items that you need to display on your website/blog’s homepage?
– How will your website/blog shape up in the next one year, two years and more?

Understand what your website needs and then go about looking for a theme.

Select a theme that complements your content
Very often we create our website content in a way that it resembles what we had seen in the theme’s demo. However, it should actually be the other way round. You may find a theme that looks fantastic with amazing content boxes displaying the last 20 posts, accompanied by nicely featured images, but if you don’t have the resources for great images or are not keen on having a blog, it may not be of much use. Pay close attention to the capabilities of the theme and check if it will pair well with the kind of content you’re going to post.

Consider the functionality and flexibility aspects
Many WordPress themes look great on the front end. Hence it’s not too difficult to find a style which complements your content and appeals to your taste. However, the ease of use and functionality inside the WP admin area is what separates the great themes from the ordinary ones. You must pay close attention to the:
Page layouts – Check if you’ll be easily able to change the number of sidebars, columns etc. for the different post types and pages on the website. This may not be a major factor if all the content of your website will have the same kind of layout. However, if you wish to have different layouts for different pages, ensure that your theme is well equipped for that task.
Theme options – Many themes allow you to make changes to the basic items like link’s colors, website’s logo etc. Others may inundate you with hundreds of options that you’ll never use. Unless you are a professional developer or designer, you may want to ensure that the theme has enough options to allow you to change whatever you want, without involving a professional.
Added functionality – In case your website will have a nice shopping cart, it may be a good idea to scout for themes which have built-in custom styles for specific plug-ins. Else you may need to make do with the default style of the plug-in, or customize the CSS to match it with your theme. Other built-in functionalities like widgets, photo galleries, work portfolios, short codes, content sliders etc. may also be of great use.

Consider your future needs
This is a very important aspect that not everyone pays heed to. You must consider whether the WordPress theme you are installing today will be able to withstand the test of time, and evolve along with your website? Perhaps you’re starting small right now and may need plenty of pages in the future. Ensure that the theme you select meets all your future needs.