Great news! Congratulations on joining the bloggers community. If you are passionate about writing, you are going to have real fun in this journey. The good news is that there are plenty of free themes available these days to start your blog (just enough to confuse beginners). Selecting a right theme can be a task at times if you do not know the structure of your website.
Here a few tips to help you choose the right theme for your blog:
Should Fit Content Needs
As we all know, each blog is created with a specific purpose in mind. Make a list of all the features that are essential to showcase your content on the blog. If you are a photographer, you might like a layout more like an instagram or pinterest which focuses on showing pictures in a cleaner look. If you are going to write a lot of articles together with supported images, a news theme should be good. The theme selection should match with your content niche.
Choose a theme which allows customizations as per your business needs. The theme should be flexible enough to change colors, fonts, graphics, sidebars, etc for you after all you are creating your own brand identity using a particular theme not the opposite. If your business is large, choose a theme which is scalable. Most of the themes offer premium buying options which means you could always buy extended version of the theme if you need additional features. One should be able to give it its own look and feel.
There is no point in creating a fantastic content for your blog if your target audience cannot read it. The choice of colors, fonts, layout, whitespace, etc play a vital role in making your blog readable. A clean theme captures user’s attention. So, it is always a good idea to choose a theme which has a lot of breathing space.
A responsive blog automatically changes the content layout according to the device you are reading it on giving a reader a seamless experience on various devices. It is the need of the hour. With more searches happening on mobile, you simply cannot ignore this feature.
The browser you may be using may not be used by your target audience. Hence, it is a good idea to check your blog on various desktop and mobile browsers before publishing the content.
Free themes may not support even the popular plugins, do check with the developer for such plugins before installing that theme.
Ratings and Reviews
Ratings and reviews come handy. Based on other people’s reviews, you can get an idea on how easy or a difficult a theme is, what challenges are people facing with the theme, etc. It gives you a fair idea on whether the theme is for your business or not.
Offer Documentation and Support
Choose a theme which has good documentation and support option unless you are a pro in technology. Support documentations come as a great help if you get stuck somewhere in the middle.