You most likely have WordPress installed on your domain name and hosting package. You still have time to review our quick guide to installing WordPress in just a few steps if you haven’t yet.
The big question is: What theme do you use on your website? There are many opinions on which themes to choose from, whether they be paid or free. It is futile to search for the best, because there isn’t one.
How can you pick a theme for your WordPress site?
My criteria for a great theme are:
- Your site should load quickly upon visitor access.
- No matter what device you access the website from, graphics and information will be displayed correctly.
- You can easily modify the template (up to a certain point) to suit your needs.
- You need to be there for your friends and family online.
These criteria have been established. I’ll now explain why they are so important.
Website loaded quickly
Speed is the new age. Google and visitors will appreciate a website that loads quickly. In other articles, I have already discussed speed.
Not all WordPress themes load fast enough for site loading. Some themes are too slow and have poor optimization. Some themes load unnecessary code, or make unneeded requests.
Do not be deceived by themes that appear great, until you see the functionality. Many themes I’ve seen looked amazing, even frameable, yet were so hard to load that you had to abandon the site.
Poorly optimized themes can also be very demanding for your web hosting service. If you insist on keeping them, you might need to upgrade.
To be mobile responsive and compatible on any device
Mobile phones are more popular than computers for shopping online or accessing the Internet.
It is important to check that the theme works on your mobile phone, regardless of the resolution, tablets or other devices. This also checks for compatibility with all browsers. Many desktop themes are unusable on smartphones. There are no missing buttons, menus or large images.