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Selecting the Perfect WordPress Theme – 9 Things You Should Consider

Selecting the Perfect WordPress Theme – 9 Things You Should Consider

Selecting the Perfect WordPress Theme – 9 Things You Should Consider

 

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Most beginners feel overwhelmed when it comes to selecting a theme for their WordPress site. There are thousands of free and paid options. Each theme looks better than the other. How do you choose the best theme for WordPress? In this article, we will share the 9 things you should consider, so you can choose the best WordPress theme for your site.

1. Strive for Simplicity

Many WordPress themes come with lots of colors, complex layouts, flashy animations, etc. Sometimes you may need those things, but in most cases you don’t really need all that.

2.  Responsive is Not Optional Anymore

Most WordPress themes are already responsive by default. But there are still sellers who are selling fixed width layouts that are not mobile friendly at all. Make sure that the theme you are choosing for your website is mobile friendly.

3. Browser Compatibility

Your users will be using different browsers. Your theme may look perfect on the browser you use, but there might be something broken in other browsers.

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4. Supported Plugins

The real power of WordPress comes with WordPress plugins. These plugins make it possible for you to do anything with your WordPress site. Make sure that your WordPress theme supports all popular plugins. If you are unsure, ask theme developer about it.

5. Translation + Multilingual Ready

A large number of WordPress sites are not in the English language. You may be creating a website in a language other than English. Maybe you have plans to create a multilingual WordPress site in the future.
Make sure that your WordPress theme is translation ready and supports multilingual WordPress plugins.

6. Page Builders

You should choose themes that are shipping with one of the most used page builder plugins. You can also purchase these page-builders separately to use with other themes as well.

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7. Support Options for When You Need Help

One downside of using a free WordPress theme is that there is no guaranteed support. While some developers provide excellent support for their free themes, many free themes have no support option.

Make sure that you select a WordPress theme that has good documentation and support option. Most premium WordPress themes offer detailed documentation with 1 year of email based support.

8. SEO Friendliness

You can also take a look to see if the page generates proper HTML5 by checking it with W3C Markup Validation service. However, please note that the W3C tool will generate many warnings which are nothing to be worried about.

9. Ratings and Reviews

Another solid indicator of a WordPress theme’s quality is ratings and reviews provided by their users. If the theme is sold on a third-party marketplace, then you will see customer reviews.

For free WordPress themes, you will find the ratings section just below the download button. It will show the number of reviews and stars given by users. If you click on 5 stars, then it will show you all the reviews that gave the theme 5 stars.

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