It is important to let know that this post should not be confused with the general underlying theme of the blog, which is explained in fisrt step for making your blog. We are talking about word press theme here.
5 questions to ask before selecting a theme for your blog
At the start it is important to let know that this post should not be confused with the general underlying theme of the blog, which is explained in fisrt step for making your blog.
If you are making your blog in wordpress like me, then there are plenty of free and paid themes available on the net for you to choose and integrate in the wordpress platform.
I started by doing the predictable; browsing on the internet for themes. There are literally thousands of free and paid themes and the task of choosing seemed absolutely overwhelming. In the process though I learnt a lot on themes, I failed to arrive at a concrete choice. I was unable to also broadly select a few. So even before making a choice it is important to think carefully in detail about your website/blog. Don’t start wrong. Start wise.
It made my selection process for the theme easier when I tried to answer these following questions:
- What is the site about and why am I making the site?
This is important to answer as themes are usually designed to suit your vision of your blog. For instance if your site is a business site, then you might want to choose from business themes. Or if you have a portfolio of work to exhibit, you might want to choose a portfolio theme.
2. Will I be able to manage the dashboard of the theme?
This seemed critical for me. Since I practically knew no coding, I should be able to do most of the things by literally dragging and dropping. Thankfully, I discovered that most paid themes are designed that way.
3. Should I be going in for a free or paid theme?
Some of the themes are not very expensive starting at around 40$ flat. Of course such themes might not have support. By support, I mean, post purchase if you face any problems with the theme then the theme developer answers your queries and helps you resolve them. This might be important for some.
4. Of course I want a responsive theme. What is it anyway?
Simply put a responsive theme’s layout will adjust to your device’s screen size so that you do not have to scroll up and down or sideways to see the site entirely.
5. What are the essential features I want in my theme given, I don’t know coding or css or php.
I wanted the theme to look vibrant and colorful as it is children centric. Next I wanted it to be easy to navigate so that my child and her six year old friends can do so independently. I wanted more a portfolio style as I would be using a lot of photos and it should be visually appealing
Finally my choice
I went to Evanto Market. It is a virtual ecosystem of sites to help you get creative. In this marketplace you can shop for images, themes, project files and creative assets. A friend suggested colorface theme. It seemed just perfect for me. Colorface seemed uncluttered. It was a responsive wordpress theme and based on grid layout with animated transitions. The theme according to the developer “is made specially for who want to build a creative portfolio website.” It is easy on the pocket as well. Once bought, I felt I made some tangible progress on the blog.