Around 30% of websites residing on the internet are powered by WordPress, which is most popular content management software, at the moment. It is user-friendly and you can configure anything ranging from small to large business websites. Another reason is WP offers multiple of theme templates, thus there is no need to design website from a scratch.
To build a website, just download the suitable themed templates but there are thousands and can be overwhelming. Below are some top tips to help choose the right WP template
Design is not key priority
Determine the content type, target audience, banners or ad blocks you wish to publish. Certainly, you need to select a design that looks cool but ensure its functioning theme will support the important elements you need to integrate.
Use credible theme sources
Consider reliable sources because you don’t desire to download unknown sourced template, which offers no guarantee of spam links, coding errors or viruses. Official WP website is the safe source that offers myriads of themes ranging from free to premium. Even if you opt from trusted source check user reviews to see if the template is still supported.
Avoid complex templates
Several templates can slow your site, which can push visitors away and increase bounce rate. So, opt for an agile and optimized theme, so as to avoid alienating your prospective customers.
Try a demo
Prior you install, try the demo and pay attention on several elements like –
- Unusual grits
- Visual content usage
- Readable font
- Helpful signs for user
- Browser compatibility
- Supports popular plugins
- Multilingual ready [if necessary]
- SEO friendly
Browse around on the demo version to see if it is user friendly and suitable for your business. If you feel fine then go ahead, download!
Strive for simplicity
WP themes are also available in complex layouts, multiple colors, flashy animations, and more. You may need them but simplicity is great, so check on the design layout that will support your end goal. Make sure that simplicity and usability does not get compromised.
The main aim of web designing is to help audience find necessary information and simultaneously the website owners achieve their goal. A great looking theme is not good if it does not help users to navigate and you to get visitors.
Responsive is mandatory
Smartphone generates more than 45% of web traffic. Moreover, Google rewards mobile friendly websites. Inspire of your demographics or website topics, every site will need to be compatible with mobile devices. Majority of WP themes are responsive by default. There are some sources that sell static layouts, so ensure to choose a responsive or mobile friendly theme.