Choosing the right theme for your website from the beginning is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. The right website serves many purposes with the most important being an optimal experience for your visitors.
With hundreds of thousands of themes out there, choosing the right one can be a challenge but in this article, I will narrow down the best WordPress themes for beginners based on my experience.
I’ve changed this website’s theme several times and none of them made me happy because the experience on mobile was annoying to me.
The current one is the only one that ticked off all the boxes when it came to mobile experience. I’ve used the theme on several other websites as a result.
How to Choose a WordPress Theme
Before you jump into choosing a WordPress theme, there are several things you want to tick off your list:-
1. What Kind of Options Do you Want?
What kind of options and features do you want? How versatile do you want your theme to be? Do you want to do a little coding or you want a hands-off experience without having to see any weird numbers and symbols?
How many columns do you want your theme to have? You should choose a theme that allows flexibility? Also, take your industry into consideration.
For instance, the kind of theme you would use for a DIY and crafts website would be different from the kind of theme for a food or e-commerce website.
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2. Is Support Readily Available?
I’ve purchased themes before where the theme developer disappeared or didn’t respond to any emails.
Eventually, I had to replace the theme. Complete waste of money. Be sure to choose a theme that provides adequate support after purchasing, and will help with any installation questions.
3. Choose a Responsive Theme
A responsive theme is a theme that resizes for all devices – mobile, desktop, laptop, etc. This is imperative for user experience as well as Google rankings.
If your website isn’t responsive, Google won’t reward it. Most themes nowadays are responsive but you should always check this before you purchase.
4. Avoid Theme Too Much
These are themes that have so many features, they give you a headache. Purchased one of those before too.
There are too many things going on with the theme, which might look nice on the demo page but in practice, they slow down your website and impact your website’s performance.
5. Invest in the Right Theme
When you start out, funds are limited and there’s only so much you can pay for but if there’s one thing you want to invest in, it’s definitely a premium theme.
There are thousands of free themes in the WordPress directory. However, they have limited customization options and there’s always one thing or the other you’re unable to achieve with free themes. Free themes also lack support.
The right premium theme is a one-time investment so don’t be hesitant about making this investment in your small business.
6. Get a Theme with a Child Theme
A child theme allows you to mess about with whatever functions you like without issues when there are updates.
If you do this with the main theme, you risk losing all customizations when the theme is updated. You won’t have this challenge with a child theme.
7. Check Ratings & Reviews
Check the reviews for your prospective theme on the themes page as well as individual websites before you purchase.
Read the positive and negative reviews so you can make an informed decision before purchasing the theme.
These are the main points I would recommend keeping in mind when it comes to choosing a premium theme for your new website. So which themes fit this category?
Genesis Framework by Studio Press for Your Website
What is the Genesis Framework?
The Genesis Framework was created by Studio Press and is a platform that allows you to create gorgeous websites without too much fuss.
Genesis Framework is one of my favorite theme platforms because it was created specifically with SEO in mind. The Genesis Framework is well built, well coded and is updated regularly. It’s also budget-friendly and secure.
The Genesis Framework utilizes hundreds of child themes, which work well alongside the framework. There is also a lot of support so you can be sure all your questions will be answered prior to and after purchase.
Is Genesis Framework Worth It?
Yes, the Genesis Framework is worth it. I use it on two of my websites. If you want a quality WordPress theme that goes the distance, then Genesis Framework is one of the best.
The great thing about the Genesis Framework is once you purchase it, you can use it on any website you want over and over again without having to buy the framework every time. That alone makes it worth the money.
Genesis Framework also has their own plugins, which you can use to achieve a wide variety of customizations on your website without any issues.
How Do I Install Genesis Framework?
You install Genesis Framework the same way you install other WordPress sites. Before you install, you need to purchase the Framework and preferable child theme HERE. Below are my top 5 recommendations for child themes on the Genesis Framework:-
- After purchase, navigate to WordPress dashboard -> appearance -> themes
- Click on the add new theme button and upload the zip file with the Genesis Framework from your computer
- Once uploaded, click the install now button and activate.
- After activation, repeat the process but this time upload the zip file with your Genesis child theme.
- While installing, you will notice a message about looking for the parent theme during installation.
- Activate the child theme post installation and you’re good to go.
You must install the Genesis Framework before you install the child theme otherwise your website will go crazy. In case, you do install the child theme first by mistake, go to appearance -> themes and delete both of them then start again.
After installation, start playing around with your theme. Theme developers provide detailed step by step instructions for making the theme look exactly like the demo so don’t stress out about anything.
ThemeForest Themes for Your Website
ThemeForest is my second favorite theme shopping website. It is a comprehensive marketplace for shopping for themes for WordPress, Blogger and other platforms.
This website, as well as one of my hair and beauty websites, use the GoBlog theme from the platform and I love it to bits. The theme options panels let me do anything without having to do any coding.
You want to be careful when shopping for WordPress themes on ThemeForest. There are a lot of themes that fall into the theme too much category.
Ensure you look through the demo version thoroughly and read through all the reviews before purchase. Below are my top 5 theme recommendations from ThemeForest:-
You can view even more themes for WordPress, Blogger, and other platforms on ThemeForest HERE.
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