Things To Consider When Choosing a WordPress Theme

web-design-pitfallsOne of the perks of using WordPress as your content management system (CMS) is the ability to change your site’s design with the click of button. Rather than building a new template from scratch, you can simply download and active a “theme.” There are literally tens of thousands of different WordPress themes available, ranging in all styles, colors and designs. But with such an enormous selection, how do you know which one to choose?

Frequency of Updates

Arguably, one of the most important factors that should influence your decision is how often the theme is updated. Being that WordPress is updated several times a month, themes and plugins must also be updated to function and remain secure. If a developer fails to update his or her theme, users may notice broken elements. Make sure your site’s theme is supported by an active developer who constantly releases new updates.

WordPress Theme Library

Themes can be downloaded from the official WordPress theme library or a third-party website/source. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great themes available on third-party websites, but you have to use caution when downloading them. Since they aren’t hosted directly on the website, there’s a greater risk for the files containing viruses or malware. Therefore, it’s recommended that beginners stick with themes from the official WordPress theme library.

Terms of Use

Pay close attention to the terms of use when choosing a theme for your website.  Some themes are free to use for both personal and commercial purposes, but others may only be used for commercial websites. If a theme says “non-commercial,” you cannot use it on sites that are intended to earn money. Furthermore, many themes have licensing restrictions, meaning you can only use them on X amount of websites. Carefully read through the theme’s terms of use to ensure it’s suitable for your needs.

Responsive or Non-Responsive?

With Google emphasizing the importance of maintaining mobile-friendly websites, it’s a good idea to choose a Responsive theme. Responsive themes use a combination of CSS3 media queries and proportion-based grids to create a universal layout that loads and functions the same, regardless of which device the visitor is using to access your website.

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Things To Consider When Choosing a WordPress Theme
One of the benefits of using WordPress is that you can change your site's appearance in a few clicks by changing the theme. However, follow these tips before you start choosing themes.