7 Tips for Choosing a WordPress Theme

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WordPress as a Content Management System, a blogging platform and a website creation software has become very popular in recent years. This popularity has a lot to do with the easy integration and customization options available in WordPress. So if you are looking for blogging, selling products on the internet, setting up a corporate website, WordPress will make your job very easy.

There are lots of WordPress themes available on the internet. You can buy them from independent web developers and theme marketplaces like Themeforest, Mojo Themes etc.

Below are some tips for buying a WordPress theme for your needs:

1. Easy Customization Options

Easy customization of the WordPress theme is very important before buying. The theme should have options in the Theme Panel to change colors, layout, and social media buttons design. You should be able to change CSS easily if needed.

2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Friendly

The theme should be SEO-ready. The theme should use the clean code as per the web standards. SEO is very important for your website ranking high in the search engines.

3. Responsive Design and Mobile friendly

Responsive design means that your website will resize its layout as per the devices used to open the website e.g. Desktop, Mobile, Tablet etc. As more and more people are surfing the internet through mobile and tablets, it has become paramount to have a responsive design. Also, Google has declared that responsiveness of the website has become one of the criteria while giving ranking to the websites.

4. Fast Loading Speed of theme

Fast loading theme is very important. Check the speed of the theme through a speed test before buying it. You can copy and paste the URL of the live demo in Pingdom speed test website. You can also use other speed test tools available on the internet.

5. Theme Support & Detailed Documentation

Prompt theme support from developers is an important criterion before buying a theme. You need to check out the comments section and support forums provided by the developer to see if the developers are responding to buyers queries on time or is taking a lot of time to respond. Theme support by developers on their products is usually provided for a lifetime. The documentation provided by the developers should be clean, well-written and easily understandable.

6. Regular Theme updates

Is the theme getting updated on a regular basis? As the time passes new versions of WordPress and WordPress plugins get released. If the theme is not getting updated, it will become incompatible. So always look for a theme where the developers are updating them on a regular basis. The update changes are usually reflected in the changelog present in the theme purchase page. All the future updates should be free.

7. Cross Browser Compatibility

The theme should be compatible with all the major web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, UC Browser, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari etc.).

You can check cross browser compatibility of the theme by copying and pasting the link of the live version demo in different browsers. The theme layout, design, and content should not change much and remain consistent.

I hope this article would help you in making a right decision for buying a WordPress theme. If you liked this post, share it on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter.

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