WordPress is one of the most popular CMSs today. Easy to set up and use, it is suitable for the creation of any website but is initially positioned as a platform for creating a blog. WordPress is very appealing to newcomers to blogging with its huge variety of design choices. But few beginners understand that not all templates are equally good and, let’s face it, many are dangerous.
Choosing a good template is not so easy. Maybe that’s why no one writes tutorials on this topic in blogs about site-building or talks about it in courses about blogging?
Now it would be nice to state that only an expert can distinguish a truly high-quality template from a trashy one.
But after that, no one will entrust the choice of template to a specialist, but simply give up and go on to download viruses in the guise of another tempting free template for WordPress…
If you are faced with the question of finding a design theme for your site or blog on WordPress, be sure to read the article and do not repeat the mistakes of the most.
Sources of WordPress templates
The main selection criterion is often purely appearance. Design is not the last point, but there are more important requirements for a good WordPress template.
The official source of free themes is the official WordPress directory who is an individual author or team. A trusted source is an author’s or team’s website with commercial templates that are recommended as trustworthy by friends, acquaintances, or specialized blogs/forums/communities. An indicator of quality would be whether the author(s)’ free template is listed in the official WordPress directory.
Learn add-on options
Not all templates are made on the same principle. And you, as a website owner, would probably want to control different aspects of the template, like the position of text and images, menus, widgets. You should be able to change the whole template without having to dig through the code. Many developers allow you to play around with customization in demos. If not, you may use PSD to WordPress service. Otherwise, you should have a full description of the customization options, and a picture of what the backend looks like during such customization.
Important criteria for the quality of a WordPress theme
By downloading or purchasing a theme from a verified source, we automatically get rid of the problem of spam links and viruses. Also, critical bugs, vulnerabilities, and poor-quality code that can take down the site or create a high load on the hosting are mostly eliminated.
For any website, load speed is a very important parameter. Not just because it can count in Google’s search rankings. The main reason is that if the site does not load within about 2 seconds, the visitor is likely to leave. “Failure” negatively affects search positions, and a customer who leaves is a loss to the business.
The easiest way to check the loading speed of a WordPress theme is to try a demo.
This approach will only suggest the risk of long loading times. The demo site may include styles (CSS) and scripts (JS) from plugins – in which case it is difficult to talk about the future loading speed of the theme in combination with plugins on your site.
Such a check is very indicative in comparing free and premium templates and says only one thing – price is not an indicator of quality.
On the Internet very popular “universal” premium themes. Their main advantage is the versatility – easy to customize any kind of site.
In my experience, more than once I’ve come across overloaded premium templates. In each case, had to refine them by creating a simple theme or cutting down on the connection of unused scripts and styles.