Are you frustrated in your search for the perfect WordPress theme for your site?
While there are many thousands of themes to choose from, they aren’t all created equal. Some are good, some not so good, and some are downright awful (and some of those awful ones are premium themes you actually pay for!)
I’m not sure how many themes I’ve installed and tried out on my various websites. It could be several hundred. Based on what I learned in that process, I’d like to share with you..
What to look for when choosing a WordPress theme:
- How customizable is it? Many of the themes available are very beautiful, and if they fit what you are doing, using them can save you a lot of time and effort. However, your tastes or purpose may change over time. Make sure your theme allows for these changes to take place without having to change the theme.
- How clean is the code? Programming languages are in a constant state of flux and programmers who keep up with the changes write code that is cross-browser and cross-device compatible, as well as being free of bugs that interfere with other parts of your website. Not all developers who create and publish themes fit into this category.
- Is it easy to update? Keeping your WordPress installation updated is one of the best ways to deter hackers from taking advantage of your website and using it for nefarious purposes. Some developers take this reality into consideration when they produce a theme, but sadly many do not. Make sure your theme isn’t the door that let’s hackers into your site by picking one that is kept up-to-date by its developer.
The theme that I use for nearly all of my websites that I build is Weaver II. The basic version is free and available right from your WordPress dashboard. There is also a Pro version that offers additional features. If you are just getting started online, the free version will serve your needs just fine. Only if you like playing with html and customization will you need to upgrade. If you do, it’s a very affordable $29.95.
When you go to the website for the Weaver theme, I guarantee that you won’t be impressed. They use Weaver for their site, but they haven’t done much to customize it and right out of the box, it isn’t much to look at.
However, one of the beautiful things about this theme is that you can make it do just about anything that you can imagine, with very few exceptions. As a result, I use Weaver unless it just won’t do what I need it to do.
These sites are examples of how you can use Weaver creatively:
Notice that the sites above look very different from each other, as well as being vastly different than this site, which is also built on Weaver. These examples are just to give you a small taste of what you can do with this theme.
I’m continually impressed by the features available in the Weaver theme, especially since they are always coming out with new updates. Plus, if you find you need a little help getting something set up properly, there’s they have a great support forum where you will likely find your question has already been asked and answered. In the event it hasn’t, posted questions are answered promptly.
Although I recommend Weaver all the time, I’m not an affiliate. I just love this theme and I suspect you will too. Give it a try. However, I’ll warn you that using Weaver will spoil you and it will be hard to use anything else.