Introduction to WordPress Themes?
WordPress is a flexible Content Management System (CMS) thus can be used to create different types of websites. Choosing a good wordpress theme should contribute extra features to your website hence improving its quality and also its readability.
Having a best theme for your blog is the best thing to consider when starting a blog.
Different websites perform differently due to the differences in themes that control the look/appearance and features of your wordpress site.
There are both free and premium wordpress themes available to use, but choosing the right one for your website can be challenging.
In this blog post I will help you choose the best wordpress theme to improve website performance. When choosing a theme to use do some research and read reviews then pick a list of a few themes then narrow done your list from those choices.
What Should I Consider When Choosing a WordPress Themes?
Simplicity is key when choosing a theme.
Different WordPress websites will have different looks based on your type of business or your niche thus they may all require different themes.
Your theme should make it simple for new users to navigate and explore your website. Avoid using a theme that is very complicated instead use a simple one since it will help users find information they need easily as it will also help you grow and achieve your goals.
Having a theme that will give your website a good look and easy navigation will improve user experience.
You can take a look at the demo sites provided by the various themes and install the one that suits your own content.
Responsiveness is necessary.
People will access your website using different devices and your theme should function properly when viewed from either of the devices. Your website MUST work on all devices including smartphones, desktops, laptops and Tablets.
Having a fully-responsive theme gives your Web a chance to Rank in google search.
You can test the responsiveness of your website by copying the URL of the Demo Page of the theme and pasting it here
Most themes are responsive as stated in their descriptions but it is better for you to first test it.
Different visitors will use different web browsers to visit your website thus it is important for your website to function well in both.
Examples of web browsers we have are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera mini etc.
You can do a theme compatibility test using the Browserling
A good wordpress theme should enable you tweak its settings easily.
5. SEO friendliness
A SEO friendly website makes it easier for Google and other search engines to crawl its pages, interpret its content and index it on their database. This will help you in ranking on the first page of the search result thus increasing your organic traffic.
A wordpress theme that is SEO friendly will have a positive effect on performance in search engine.
6. Frequently Updated
Updating a WordPress theme helps improve the speed of your website and also gives you new cool features. Avoid using themes that are not actively updated or maintained.
7. Plugin Support
WordPress plugins expands the functionalities of your site. With the bunch of the plugins available in the market today you must make sure that your theme is compatible with all the plugins you may need.
There are some Must have plugins that you should have in any website.
8. Website Performance
Speed is important for your wordpress site. A good theme should take smallest time possible to show users your content. A slow website will make users leave your website even it loads. To avoid this ensure that your theme is quick loading and avoid themes with many features. Themes with a lot of features that you may not need have large theme files and this will take your web more time to load.
To add more functionality to a theme you will need to install a plugin.