Archive February 7, 2019

5 Best Sites to Find Great WordPress Templates

5 Best Sites to Find Great WordPress Templates

Choosing a good WordPress theme is a major key when it comes to creating the perfect site for your business, blog, or what-have-you. When you’re choosing a theme it’s important to keep several things in mind, three of which being price, simplicity, and responsiveness. All of these things plays heavily into choosing a theme and is necessary for the success of your site.

Here are a few sites where you can find some great free themes as well as some stellar premium options for your WordPress theme needs:

1. WordPress.org/themes/

I know this seems obvious, but you don’t need to search far from the source to find a great theme.

The perks of going to this site for a theme include ease, reliability, and trustworthiness. You aren’t going to have to worry about getting scammed by WordPress themselves as they are a very reputable site and aren’t going to rip off their users.

One downside to using WordPress for your theme is that they might be overused. People who are lazier tend to go to WordPress first for their theme, especially if they are running several sites and don’t feel like looking around. So if you are looking for something potentially more unique I suggest looking to some of these other sites.

2. Templatemonster.com/wordpress-themes.php#gref

If you’re looking for some premium themes that come at a discount check out this site. They offer discounts such as their summer sale where you can enjoy 33% off any template.

This site is great. They have templates for almost every niche you could be possibly looking to fill and are very trustworthy. Their themes range in price, so if you’re looking for something high end and potentially pricey you can find it here as well as some cheaper themes for those balling on a budget.

3. Themeforest.net/category/wordpress

This site is easy to navigate and has some great themes for under 30$. You can search by tags, price, and even by sale!

However, they don’t show an outright preview on the search page so you’re going to have to click through to the theme to see the template in action. This can prove to be very time consuming, however, if you’re looking to limit by price and are searching for a sale then this site might be the easiest to navigate for you.

4. Colorlib.com/wp/free-wordpress-themes/

What I like about this site is that they have free themes that are responsive!

Responsiveness is essential to having a functional WordPress site and this site doesn’t make you pay for something that is basically industry standard.

While they are free they are sometimes lacking a little finesse that you might find with other premium themes, however I quite enjoy this site. If you are looking to spend zero dollars on your WordPress site you can be confidant that even with a free theme from Colorlib.com you’ll make some money even though you aren’t spending any!

5. Themify.me

COUPONS! What I love about this site is that you can get a premium theme but not without a little help from their several coupon codes. You can tweet to save 15%, sign up for newsletter for 20%, and enter your email for 10%!

Check out the video below for more on the best wordpress templates!

3 Things You Must Consider When Picking Your WordPress Theme

Choosing a WordPress theme can easily be categorized as the next most important thing to the content on the page. You can’t go choosing a theme all willy-nilly without truly considering the repercussions. If you pick a poorly done design then your readership will plummet, if you choose a theme with little support you might find yourself up a creek if your theme glitches.

WordPress is made to support a multitude of different websites so you need to make sure that you’re choosing the right theme for your purpose. For example: You don’t want to choose a theme that might suit a designer portfolio if you aim to be blogging in big chunks of text, you want a site that improves the readability of your site.

I cannot stress the importance of choosing a theme wisely enough.

1. Consider Price

Okay so if you’re a baller on a budget you might gravitate toward free themes. However, there are some serious pros when it comes to premium themes.

I shall list the pros and cons below:

Pros:

• More updates – these themes are regularly patched to fix security issues

• Unique design – if you want to stand out, don’t choose a free theme. Free themes will be used by the masses, premium themes will be used by less people

• Better documentation – premium themes come with a owner’s manual of sorts. You will get a PDF explaining how to get the most out of your theme. This is less common with free themes.

• Support – Free themes usually just have a public forum for support while premium themes will feature live chat, public forums, and email ticketing for support.

• No attribution – these themes will not feature a footer crediting the themes author. This makes your site look cleaner and appear more professional.

Cons:

• Pricey – you’re going to be doing out anywhere from $50-$200 for a premium theme

• Configuration – most themes have a custom admin panel with customization settings. Sometimes more options isn’t a good thing. You will be playing with this panel for a while to figure everything out.

• Bells and whistles – these themes will usually come with a bunch of premium features which can bog down your theme.

2. Simplicity is a Major Key

A lot of WordPress themes feature flashy animations and a whole lot of colors. However, that is not the mark of sophistication.

Instead of going the flashy route, I suggest going for something simple and clean that lends itself to your goal.

If you find a theme that looks pretty but doesn’t increase your readership or help you increase business then it is not a good theme for you. Don’t be afraid to change your theme (even if you grow attached) if it is not working for you.

3. Responsiveness

A responsive theme is one that adjusts across different screen sized and devices. As more and more people rely completely on their phone or their tablet for browsing the internet, it is necessary that your site is optimized across all devices.

If your site doesn’t adjust to an iPhone screen people are going to get impatient and click off your site.