WHAT IS A WORDPRESS THEME?
A WordPress theme changes the design of your website, often including its layout. Changing your theme changes how your site looks on the front-end, i.e. what a visitor sees when they browse to your site on the web. There are tons of free WordPress themes, though many WordPress sites use custom themes. – Source
CHOOSING YOUR WORDPRESS THEME
In WordPress, your blog’s overall look (design) is determined by the THEME you choose. Themes are pre-made templates that you can use to change the way you blog looks. When you first install WordPress, your self-hosted site or blog uses a basic default theme which comes prepackaged with WordPress, but most people want to customize their design to make it their own. When you are starting a blog, choosing the right theme is crucial for your success. During the process, you will likely have to decide between free WordPress themes vs. premium WordPress themes.
FREE THEMES VS. PREMIUM THEMES
Should you use a free theme or a premium theme?
Free themes are great for those on a budget, but here are some common problems with them:
- Many are not updated regularly.
- Many are abandoned completely.
- There is no support for most of them.
- The quality of the coding is not always ideal.
- Premium themes have more functionalities than free themes.
- They have higher number of customization options than their free counterparts.
- They also provide some high-end features, paid plug-ins
- The themes are relatively cheap.
- The quality is generally high, since theme authors must check bugs to prevent theme returns and unsatisfied customers.
- Premium themes are typically sold by companies, so they provide wonderful support outlets, whereas free themes are frequently built by individuals who might skip town any day.
- The customization options are always well-organized and plentiful with premium themes. It’s easier for beginners to walk through the design interface.
- Most premium theme sites have seller ratings, reviews from past customers and even pre-sale forums to help you out.
- Premium themes are more complex in design and when you start looking at them you’ll see how beautiful some of the designs are.
For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you go for a Premium theme.
SELECTING A WORDPRESS PRE-EXISTING THEME
Selecting a WordPress pre-existing theme is simple. In the left column of your dashboard, click on the “Appearance” button then click on the “Themes” button from the dropdown menu. This will take you a page where you can search thousands of different themes for the one that is right for your blog. Most are free, but some you have to pay for. You can search according to the most popular, the newest, the most commonly used, paid themes, and other categories. You also can change your theme anytime you want. When you find a theme you like, if you want to see what your theme looks like, just click on the “Live Preview” button and a sample page will appear with content from our blog. If you like the way it looks, click on the “Activate” button and that theme will be applied to your blog.
THE BEST PLACES TO FIND PREMIUM WORDPRESS THEMES
Fortunately, you have loads of companies to choose from during your WordPress theme search. I’ve compiled a few of my favorites. These premium WordPress theme creators have been around for quite some time and they have their business infrastructures built around offering quality support and stable themes for just about every industry.
- ThemeForest – Choose from over 600 Premium Blog Templates All created by Global Community of independent Web Designers.
- TemplateMonster – A provider website themes and templates for every niche category designed and developed by field experts.
- Mojo Themes – choices for landing pages, eCommerce, BuddyPress, photography and more.
- Elegant Themes – DIVI of Elegant Theme is Currently the Number One WordPress Theme Installed in the World. The builder comes packed with tons of great modules, and more are on the way!
- StudioPress – Famous for its Genesis Framework. The framework comes with child themes for the ultimate customization and stability.
WORDPRESS QUICK LINKS
- What is WordPress & Wordpress Basics?
- What is A WordPress Theme?
- The FREE WordPress Version & its Disadvantages
- The SELF-HOSTED WordPress Version
- More Reasons to Use WordPress For your Websites & Blogs
- Why Choose WordPress as Your Blogging Platform?