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Let’s be honest: design is not everything… but it does ease readers in. When talking about themes, most bloggers (especially the least techie ones) may feel slightly overwhelmed by the theme marketplace.
No, it’s not just about plugins and colour scheme. A bad theme can affect your readers and ultimately make or break your brand.
Of course, design and responsiveness are highly important (if not essential). However, there are three other aspects you may want to take into account when upgrading your theme.
Your Brand Purpose
Are you selling physical products on your blog? Then a woo commerce integration is essential for your new online home. Are you heavy on YouTube? Make sure your theme includes a portfolio showcasing your latest videos.
Many themes are labelled as ‘multi-purpose’, but that could actually trick you into going for the wrong option. A multi-purpose theme has a wealth of features to cater for a multitude of needs. This means, a lot of fluff that may make your website more complicated. As a rule of thumb, the saying ‘less is more’ can benefit you in the long run.
Most developers make sure your theme is light and quick, but that hasn’t prevented a lot of heavy themes working efficiently either.
Always Check the Demo
All right, let’s say the preview looks unbelievably hot – but is it really user-friendly? In order to test this, head to the ‘Demo’ section of the theme page and play around with all available options.
Make sure the front-end looks easy to navigate, that you can intuitively change colours, and the fonts look right for you and the length of your blogposts.
Always remember that feature-rich themes will slow down a blog, as they come with many pre-designed features you may not necessarily need. Be wise.
When looking for support options, make sure the theme comes with thorough supporting documentation, as well as a support forum (whether in the marketplace or external). Also, check how promptly the developer updates the theme AND answers queries in the FAQs.
Alternatively, you can go full ‘detective mode’ and perform a Google search for the theme you’re interested in (or the developer) to see what the general consensus is.
Here are a few of our favourite websites for themes
- Restored 316 has an amazing collection of feminine WordPress themes built on the Genesis WordPress theme framework that offers your lots of options to change the design and brand your website.
- Blog Boat‘s themes are very clean and great colour schemes for a feminine and professional blog look.
- Bluchic has carved out a niche for feminine WordPress themes that also deliver marketing assets for social media to help brand your business across the board: Visit Theme Shop
- Blogzilla theme shop has great minimal and clean WordPress blog themes for a feminine and sophisticated site.