With so many themes available, It takes effort to find that perfect theme for your WordPress website. Here are things you should look for in a WordPress theme.
The WordPress ecosystem has grown exponentially in the last few years and there’s a never ending supply of WordPress themes coming from independent developers and marketplaces. With so many choices available, how do you choose a WordPress theme? Should good design and typography be the only criteria or are there other things you should look for before picking a theme?
Tips for Choosing a WordPress Theme
Design is obviously the most important factor but not the only one. Most WordPress theme developers have a demo website where you can thoroughly evaluate the various features of their themes and these live demos can help you decide whether a theme is worth having or not.
How often is the theme updated? Look for the changelog where theme developers detail new features that have been added to the theme and the various bugs that have been fixed over time. Don’t go for themes that are elegant but haven’t been updated in past six months or ones that aren’t compatible with the most recent version of WordPress.
Is the theme fast enough? Take the URL of the live version of a WordPress theme and perform a speed test. The Google tool will help you quickly analyze the performance of various web pages of a WordPress powered site and you should prefer a theme with a page score higher than 70.
Is the theme Responsive? If you are buying a new WordPress theme, make sure that it uses responsive design and thus looks good on all screens from 27″ monitors to 10″ tablets to 4″ mobile phones. While testing for responsiveness, pay special attention to how the various menus, inline tables and search boxes behave as you resize the browser.
Is the theme customizable? While any WordPress theme can be edited, you need not have to go to a programmer to make minor changes. A theme should allow you to switch to a different color scheme or let you use another font family without having to fiddle with CSS. Can you change the width of the sidebar, or remove it completely, without changing any HTML?
Is the code semantic? Well-formed semantic HTML5 markup helps search engines better understand the structured information inside your web pages. View the source code of your WordPress pages and look for semantic tags like section, article, footer, etc. You can also use the W3.org tool to know the semantics data available in a WordPress theme.
Is the code bloated? Open the HTML source of a WordPress theme and count the number of