Know How To Choose The Professional WordPress Themes

 

There are websites and websites where people sell WordPress themes and it is a little tricky to pick the professional ones from among this multitude. Some themes have great visual appeal but they fall flat when it comes to functionality and some are not compatible with recent versions of WordPress. So one needs to decide upon the version of WordPress on which the theme can run and ensure that the theme has the menu-adding functionality.

ThemeForest is a site that has WordPress themes galore for sale. These are themes that Corporates to start-ups to bloggers will want to use. Whether it is just a website or dynamic blog that you want to build, you will not run short of choice on ThemeForest.

 

Here's why we say ThemeForest is your best bet for purchasing templates: 

 

Most templates sold on are ThemeForest constantly updated.


You get direct support from the author through comments or through forums.


Just take a look at the comments on each WordPress theme and you'll get to know that the theme is all about and why it has buyers!


The rating system is a great new idea that ThemeForest has come up with which weeds out bad themes from the market.


We've got some great pointers for you on how to choose the best WordPress theme 

 

Look for a slider. Do not go for a Flash slider. Not that we hate Flash. But Flash has a downside in that it cannot be played on iPad and iOS devices. Therefore opting for a jQuery slider would be a wise decision.

 

See whether the theme allows you to handle menu items from admin. Also remember to look for presence of dropdown menu.

 

Look for an admin panel that can store images and data like logos, footer, credit and copyright related things.

 

To have an admin panel with import and export options would be the icing on the cake. But it is OK if it is not available.

 

Ensure that the theme comes with shortcodes to display gallery.

 

Look for a separate link for Blog. The advantage of having a blog link is that you can have a blog on any page. By and large WordPress sites do have the blog post listing on the homepage itself. But currently WordPress is becoming a full-fledged CMS and therefore it can handle the site as well as blogs at same place.

 

Find out whether a blog post can be attached with a featured image.

 

5 Characteristics of Effective WordPress Themes – Part 1

If you're running a blog on WordPress, the first thing you'll most likely do is to put in a new WordPress theme. Even if you've been running a blog for years you might continue to be a theme "fan", wasting a lot of time doing tiny changes that when summed up simply distracts you from focusing on content.

It's definitely straightforward to see why this one aspect of managing a website requires so much attention. The right theme will enable your to place all or your widgets and codes wherever you need them to be, and may also get much better search engine scores and tons of fresh traffic each and every day.

A Clean Theme to Enjoy! 

So what are the elements you need to take into account to make theme-hunting a lot easier? Here are five important elements:

1) Theme Width and Columns

Traditionally, WordPress themes have always had either 2-column or 3-column formats. If you're running a blog for non-profit, a 2-column theme can appear more compact and easier to brose and read. Given that you have fewer pictures of products or hyperlinks to other internet websites to display, you can concentrate entirely on the content material without leading visitors away from your web page.

Having said that, if you're blogging for financial gain, you may well want to check out a 3-column WordPress theme that will enable you to use Google Adsense, and other kinds of Text Link Ads codes easily without compressing everything in the content area. 3-column themes give the webmaster enough room for growth, but if at some point you've filled up all available space with adverts, then it's time you eliminated the non-performers and use only the ones that do perform well in your specific website.

2) Use of Pics and Icons

A theme with pictures and icons can look Fantastic, but it hardly ever improves your website traffic or subscriber base. Actually, the majority of top bloggers have simple themes with a basic logo on top. Getting rid of unnecessary images also usually means faster loading time and less pressure on your servers. This critical aspect of server burden becomes crystal clear only if you have thousands of site visitors a day, but it's worth planning for the long term.

An image-laden theme also distracts people from the content material itself. That's why many important blogs use stunning pictures in the content areas to increase value to a posting, but the theme itself is very simple and quite minimalist.

Ideally, a theme should really enable you to use your own header graphic for more powerful branding reasons, but substitute pictures and icons with hyperlinks and text, or simply not use them at all unless of course, it is completely vital.

3) Compatibility with Plugins

Another time-consuming activity is setting up plugins that boost the overall performance of your web-site. There's a plugin for practically everything you need to do with your site, but although most of them are absolutely free and easily available, it's not often easy to set up the plugins and add the codes into your WordPress theme.

If your theme is far too complex, it might be a hassle to even add a single line of code you require to make a plugin do the job. This is frequently the case with highly developed themes that have too many data files and major coding. I've always favored less complicated themes that adhere to the default WordPress theme as much as possible, so I can dramatically reduce the learning curve and just move on to the things that really matter more.

To be continued in part 2