Everyone wants to have a beautiful and cool blog display, for those of you wordpress users, there are several main things that must be considered before choosing a WordPress template for your blog.
In the previous article, I have discussed how how to create a blog using wordpresss. There I explained that, one of the things that makes visitors feel at home is the visual appearance of the blog.
Because this will affect the convenience of visitors, and also on the ranking of search results.
Choosing the right WordPress template can make a magical difference in many ways. The choice of a theme that is not suitable can seriously hamper the performance of your website and blog.
For example, the theme you are using is not mobile friendly and tends not to be SEO friendly.
Then you will lose potential visitors from mobile devices. Of course, it will be more difficult to climb to the top of Google search rankings.
This error in choosing a theme or template is often experienced by anyone who is new to the blogging world, including myself.
An inexperienced and hasty decision will lead to a very wrong choice of template. As a result, it can make you very frustrated because you will be tired first, because time is wasted on the theme rather than thinking about the content.
This is why I thought of making this post, where I will share tips on 5 Things to Consider before Choosing the right WordPress template.
Main Things to Consider In Choosing a WordPress Theme
There are many things to consider when choosing a WordPress template, but I've only listed the 5 most important points, so that they can help you make the right choice.
These points will not only help you find the perfect template but also, keep you relaxed and confident enough with everything you do on your blog/website.
Without further ado, let's get straight to the point:
1. Choosing a Simple and Lightweight WordPress Template
Although you will find many WordPress templates with a unique look, complete with fancy colors, widgets or other knick-knacks, actually the best templates are the simple ones.
With a simple template, there are not too many scripts in the template, this will make the template size small. The effect will make your blog's loading speed increase.
Please read the following references to find out which templates have very good loading speeds. 10 Fastest Loading WordPress Templates [+ Speed Test]
On the one hand, it can also save you a lot of time. Because your focus is not divided to take care of the theme alone.
Your main focus is on creating quality content, so beautifying the template can be done over time.
A simple template actually leaves a lot of room for customization, which in turn can help you provide the most suitable design for your website. But be patient, you don't have to do it now.
2. Look for Responsive Templates
No matter what your goal is to create a blog/website, you definitely want to have lots of visitors, right?
For that, you must be aware of the fact that most internet users are actually Smartphone users.
Make sure you read all the specifications of each template carefully enough, and check whether the theme you are going to use already supports mobile responsiveness.
Responsive means that your blog doesn't look messy and looks beautiful when you open it on a smartphone. Make sure that the template will work fine on all devices!
Themes with responsive designs can really help you in getting traffic from all devices, both PCs, desktops, and smartphones. Every successful website today has clearly used a responsive theme.
Based on Google News, the level of comparison of website users between media HP 65% and PC 35%. And will continue to increase.
Without a responsive template, your visitors will definitely not have a comfortable experience, while visiting your website from their mobile phone.
Over the years, many e-commerce websites, as well as blogs, have achieved tremendous success in terms of conversions due to their brilliant responsive themes.
3. Browser Compatibility
You also need to make sure the template you are going to use supports the use of various browsers. Although WordPress has tested the browser compatibility of the theme, this does not fully apply to free themes.
That is why it is very important to test the appearance of the template first in various popular browsers, to check their browser compatibility.
You don't need all browsers, just some of the most mainstream ones like: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari.
4. Plugin Options
I am well aware of what makes WordPress so popular. Apart from being an 'easy to manage' or custom CMS.
Plugins in wordpress is one of the biggest attraction. Plugins can help you with a wider range of functionality, without having to COD.
And indeed, there are thousands of plugins that are free but have very powerful uses.
The reason I include plugins as a consideration is, because not all plugins can match your wordpress template.
Therefore, you must be careful in choosing which template matches the plugin you are using.
So that it doesn't interfere with the performance of your blog, you can learn plugins that you must install on wordpress here.
5. Make sure the WordPress Theme is SEO Friendly
Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an aspect that can never be neglected if you want your website to achieve great success. In fact, this is exactly what a website needs to be more competitive for the first place…
A website with perfect SEO will always maintain its position in the SERP or Search Engine Result Pages. Hence, it is a factor not to be skipped over when searching for a theme for your website.
Even the most beautiful looking themes can result in bad HTML code. Which in turn can affect page loading. It must be realized how important the speed aspect of a website is in SEO.
The faster the page loads, the better the SEO will work for the website. This is why it is important to check if a theme is SEO friendly before choosing one.
You can do this by checking it using the W3C Markup Validation service to see if the theme has the proper HTML5.
In my opinion, the wise thing we can do to have a successful website/blog is not to rush (relax but progress).
Choosing the right theme for your WordPress site is certainly the most important aspect and you can't go wrong. Because changing templates repeatedly can be very tiring and lose focus on creating the best content.
Don't let your time run out to process the appearance which is basically relative, depending on taste. The five points I share in this post are good enough to help you choose the most suitable template for your WordPress website.
Hopefully with this information you will be more critical and can make the right choice to choose a template in WordPress.