WordPress themes are offered in abundance for people looking to create a unique blog they can post news about their industry, business, or just their personal life. Themes are essentially just the look and navigation of the blog. A theme includes backgrounds, a comment system, and everything else a reader sees and uses when they visit a blog. Because of the popularity of WordPress, there are thousands of themes available for download at a cost or even for free.
With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make a WordPress theme choice. Of course you could just base your decision on looks alone, but the truth it there are other more technical things to consider. Here are some things you should know about a theme before committing:
#1: Bugs – Not all WordPress Themes are perfect. Many of them have bugs which cause issues including everything from pages not being able to be viewed on certain browsers to hyperlinks always being crossed out. Of course, bugs can be fixed, but do some research on a theme before choosing it to see if other people have found issues.
#2: SEO – Great content and an audience is the only thing that will make your blog get traction, but search engine optimization inherently built into your WordPress theme helps to. This includes a good title, subtitle, and tagging system. Also, there are plugins available for this as well.
#3: Interaction – Make sure there are ample ways for readers to interact with your blog including commenting (which is designed so you can respond easily), contact forms, and more.
#4: Think Custom – At the end of the day, hiring a professional design team to build you a custom WordPress theme isn’t too expensive and might be worth it to get exactly what you want.