- Written by lamar.schoell
Do you have a theme behind your blog? You and I aren’t going to talk about your niche. But instead, we’re going to dive deep into the appearance of your blog.
Today I want to talk to you about how to gussie up your blog. Make it look aesthetically pleasing to your visitors. We need to find this balance between your blog theme and your blog content. You have to remember why people are coming to your blog in the first place. They’re not just coming to your blog for its looks. They’re coming to your blog for its smarts.
I personally stay away from themes that are flashy although they do get my attention. I find that simple or less complex themes work best. These give your blog a much cleaner look by choosing fonts that are easier on the eyes.
When it comes to our creative side. Every single one of us has different ideas and abilities when it comes to our creative expertise. This is one thing you need to keep in mind when choosing a theme for your blog. The theme you choose is going to help bring out your personality and your message.
There are so many fantastic WordPress themes out there for your blog. I think as you read on you’re going to realize that there is more than just one solution for your blog. Sometimes choices are a good thing. Now you can decide and have control over how you want your blog to look. Then again there are some people (like me). That needs someone to tell them to use this exact one.
Let me know what type of person you are. Do you like choices or do you when someone to tell you this is the one that will work for you, use it.
Flexible WordPress Themes
There are some themes that require more experience to use than others. These types of themes are good if you are comfortable with using WordPress and blogging. With these types of themes, you have more control over the appearance and features within the theme.
Practical WordPress Themes
Then there are other themes that do more work behind the scenes for you. These are good if you’re just getting started with WordPress and blogging. They allow you to concentrate on your content. Which by the way are why people come to your blog in the first place?
So how do you choose a theme?
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Take a step back
The first thing I do is take a big step backward. Make sure there’s nothing behind you first. I like to do this so that I can look at the whole picture before I get into all the nitty-gritty details. This is where you want to think about what features and things you need for your blog. Don’t worry about how to get each of these done. That part comes later. I want you to picture in your mind and know what you want.
Creating a list of your wants
Before you go on your journey of finding a WordPress theme. Make sure you know exactly what your blog is about. What do you want your website to look like? Do you want a homepage? What other sections do you want to have with your blog? Do you want to include you’re often forms or a sidebar?
To help with questions like these and give you ideas for things you might not be thinking about right now. Go look at your competitors and see what they are doing. You may even get some other ideas from them as well. Just keep it simple. Don’t reinvent any new Wheels.
Don’t worry about missing any cool factors in the theme. There are tons of WordPress plugins that can help you out with some missing functionality in your theme. With WordPress, you can do just about anything you can think of with themes and plugins.
Do you have to pony up the cash for a theme?
If you look around there are both free and paid themes for WordPress. in general if you pay a bit more for the themes they are more polished than free ones. However, I’m not saying that every paid theme is better than free. This is something you have to decide for yourself.
A theme is not a life-or-death decision here. Make this easy on yourself. You can always temporarily try a theme to see if it works. If the first one doesn’t work it’s easy enough to switch it out to another. Don’t be afraid to try different themes.
Look at what your competition’s using. Ask them what theme they are using. You never know they may be willing to share it with you.
When picking out a theme think about your audience, and is this theme going to help them. You don’t want to pick a theme just because you like it. Remember it’s always about your readers.
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