Using a WordPress theme can give you a powerful starting point for a web design (or redesign) project. This article will help you decide how to choose a theme.
Why Should I Use a WordPress Theme?
- reduce design and development time
- save time and money
- built in functionality
- layout options
- cross browser compatibility
What to Look for in a WordPress Theme
Look for a theme that best fits your content. Don’t choose a WordPress theme based on looks alone. Before choosing a theme, really explore how that theme will work for your specific content.
View a Theme as Layout
Make sure a theme’s layout works for you. Do you have headlines, text and images that can properly fit into the theme’s layout?
A theme will only save you time and money if you work with it, rather than fight against it. If you attempt to change too many core elements of a theme, you’d be better off going with a custom design.
A theme will only save you time and money if you work with it, rather than fight against it.
Wait, Shouldn’t a Theme Be Designed to Fit My Content?
At this point, you may be thinking, “wait a sec, shouldn’t a design adapt to my specific content needs?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is, designing your content to fit a theme can help you keep your costs down when budget is of top concern.
Designing your content to fit a theme can help you keep your costs down when budget is of top concern.
A Tool That Lets You View Any Web Page as a Wireframe
A browser bookmarklet tool called Wirify can help you view any web page as a grey-boxed wireframe. This will help you see layout and content patterns without getting distracted by color, type and images–all of which are not our concern at this point.
To use Wirify, all you need to do is visit the Wirify website and drag the bookmarklet into your browser toolbar. Then when you are exploring WordPress themes, click on the bookmarklet to see a wireframed version of your theme.
Google for Themes in Your Specific Industry
WordPress has become a huge marketplace and there are themes designed for all different types of businesses. If you don’t find something, look for themes of similar professions to yours.
WordPress has become a huge marketplace and there are themes designed for all different types of businesses.
Are WordPress Themes Timesavers or Do They Ruin Creativity?
What is your experience with WordPress themes? Do you love them or hate them…do they help or hurt creativity? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments!