Tips on Choosing a WordPress Theme

Choose Your Layout

When you sit down to construct your first WordPress website or blog you have a very big decision to make immediately, and that’s choosing a theme. This is probably the first thing you will do after you install the software, and its major because your themes WordPress nulled, or layout, is the first thing your readers will see. Your theme represents you, and your goal is to make it as appealing as possible.

People will make an instant judgement as to the quality and value of your website as soon as they land on your home page. Your header image should relay the message and purpose of your website. Your navigation bar should be user intuitive, and the color scheme should be soft and warm so you don’t scare people off.

All of this is made easy if you have chosen the best possible theme for “your” product or service. Lets learn a little about themes and then take a look at some tips on choosing your best possible WordPress theme.

Look And Feel

Keep in mind that themes are simply the “look”, and to some degree, “feel” of your website. Your theme is like the outside of your house; what people see first. It can have nice window dressing, pretty colors, fancy decorative brick and an overall pleasant appeal. If people like what they see they will enter, or (click) around and stay for a visit. This is what you want-to keep your visitors in the house. And, it all starts by having the right theme.

So start with an appealing theme and combine it with appropriate templates so you can give your readers the best possible experience when they visit your website. People often interchange the terms themes and templates; falsely associating them as one, but this is not so.

Remember, themes are the outward look or (skin), of your website, whereas templates are the file system behind the scenes which add certain functionality to your site. All themes come with a default template but you can add, or define, additional templates to any theme; they’re just files. An example of such a template (file) might be a single page template which does not display headers, footers or sidebars. So start by picking the right theme and then extend its look with various templates.

History of WordPress Themes

WordPress is a free and open source content management system and because of this it carries what’s known as a GNU General Public License (GPL). This opened the door for web developers to create applications and themes for the software. In the earlier days of WordPress developers would attach sponsored links within their themes which would be passed on to the end users who downloaded them.

The official WordPress theme directory would host these themes for download, but this practice was later halted because some considered these “sponsored” themes spam. You can still download themes from the official WordPress free themes directory but only after the theme has been properly vetted by WordPress, and approved for end users.

The Default Option

There are over fifteen hundred free themes available today from the official WordPress directory, so finding a theme shouldn’t be that hard. Deciding which theme to use, however, can sometimes be a daunting task. WordPress provides you with a perfectly functional theme right out of the box once you install the file system. And, depending on your installation method you will be presented with the Twenty Ten or Twenty Eleven theme.

If you use the Fantastico install method through Hostgator you will have the Twenty Ten theme. Now you have to decide if you want to keep it or switch to another.

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