Since there are so many WordPress themes available and it’s so easy to change them, it’s tempting to jump right in and start searching for the “perfect theme.”
However, because there are so many themes, and so many different types of themes, searching for one – while fun – eats up a lot of one’s time. And, soon you realize that you don’t understand much of the language being used, i.e., frameworks, child themes, CMS themes.
Also, you’ll notice that themes, depending on the developer, can differ in Admin pages, layout options, color options, features (i.e., post types, sliders), level of support, etc.
So, even if you do find a theme that you think is just the right one, you’ll never be quite sure it has everything you need. If you start your website building adventure by selecting the theme first, you can’t possibly know what it is you really need.
Never start with the theme.
You need a better understanding of what your site is all about before picking a theme. And, this applies to your website project whether you’re planning to use WordPress, Joomla, Dreamweaver, etc.
You need to be clear about:
- What is the purpose of your site?
- Who is your audience?
- What does your audience expect from the site?
- What do you expect from your audience?
- What are your business goals?
Your answer to these questions will have a direct impact on the look of the theme, and hence, what you should be searching for when you embark on your WordPress theme hunt.
The key is to first figure out what your needs are before you go searching for a theme. Once you’re clear on what you’re trying to accomplish, selecting the right theme becomes a much easier and time efficient task – and happier one.
And, we always suggest you first use one of WordPress’ default themes as a way to get familiar with the basics of WordPress. Then, when you switch out themes, you’ll know what functionality is related to WordPress and what is related to the specific theme. This will serve you well when it’s time to add more functionality or troubleshoot.
With thanks to WPApprentice.com for inspiring me to write about this topic.