If you are currently browsing through a website that you like – maybe a personal blog about a really good topic that you like, a very creative portfolio of a very creative artists, or even an informative website of a local business you are interested in – there’s a likely chance that the website was built upon a WordPress platform.
According to the WordPress site, this web software is “both free and priceless at the same time” – and there is probably some great truth in what the owners and developers of this site claim. Created as a joint effort between Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg back in 2003, WordPress (a name coined by Mullenweg’s friend, Christine Selleck Tremoulet) has emerged to become the most popular blogging system on the Internet, powered by more than 60 million websites and still growing.
How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme for Your Website Infographic Summary
WordPress is a free and open-sourced content management system with its core software, plugins and themes constantly being developed by hundreds of programmers, developers and enthusiasts belonging to a community of volunteers. This community churns in thousands of tools and other website goodies that you can harness for designing, creating and transforming your very own blog or website – according to what you imagine them to become.
One of the greatest features of WordPress, whether it is powered by an external Internet hosting service like in the case of WordPress.com or hosted in a web server that you paid for, is the great flexibility you are allowed to particularly when choosing your theme. You can easily install a theme that you like, try it out according to your liking, or easily switch to other themes to check out or test a different look and functionality without necessarily affecting your content.
And this is where the problems in choosing the best theme for your WordPress site come into play. As easily as you can choose a good-looking theme for your site, so does all the pitfalls in choosing the wrong theme come into view. The sad part here is when you make the mistake in the theme selection process, you could be jeopardizing the welfare of your site – affecting your brand, flow of traffic and overall online success.
When choosing themes, many succumbed to the allures of the demo content that developers use to showcase the themes they are featuring, finding too late in the end that the theme they have chosen is not suitable for the purpose and goals of their site. Many also fall prey to choosing a theme that is laden with lots and lots of plugins and add-ons that really look good in the demo site, but will eventually slow down your website’s speed and performance once you go live.
Avoid all these hassles and learn how you can choose the best theme for you site that will allow you to harness the full potential of the WordPress platform and create the blog or website that you’ve always dreamed of. The following infographic discusses all these – and more – providing you with detailed steps that can help you identify the perfect theme for your site.
Infographic source: WPShrug