There are thousands of free and premium WordPress themes to choose from but how do you choose the right one for you? First, identify what you want.
Let’s say you want:
- Clean layout
- Main content with one sidebar on the right
- Header with a logo
- Easy to navigate
- Social media integration
- Cross browser compatibility
- Widgets and shortcode functionality
and finally FAST LOADING.
There are themes out there that will give you every option known to man and you might think that’s the best way to go because no matter what you might want in the future, your theme can do it. No! Keep it simple and your blog will load fast and Google (and your readers) will love you.
What’s a simple theme?
A simple WordPress theme is one that’s robust, written by a solid developer and offers good support. Simple does not mean cheap or inexpensive. A free theme is often appealing because well, it’s free. Think about the person who wrote that theme for a minute. Why would anyone work for weeks or months to create a WordPress theme for free. What’s in it for them? Pretty much nothing is the answer.
How can a free theme developer afford to provide support at no cost? They can’t. We know how that is with the free plugins we offer. In the past we’ve been abused because we didn’t respond to a request within four hours – on Christmas Day! You do your best but at the end of the day, the roof over your head is important and food comes a close second.
The Daily Dish Pro is a simple design and written by professionals who are available if you get into trouble. The theme comes with 6 page layouts, custom header option, is responsive and customizable.
Another simple design is Modern Design which is great for focusing your readers’ eyes on your content. You can change the colors, background, header and landing page, plus it’s responsive which is an absolute necessity.
Now these themes do not need to be black and white. They put them in black and white so you look at the functionality rather than the design. The header, colors and style are up to you.
If you have access to a graphics program, you can create your own simple header or you could get one done on fiverr.com for very little. You won’t get a $10,000 website but it will be attractive, functional and fast loading.