How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme for Your Blog

by Obaidul Haque on August 14, 2011

"The best WordPress theme is that which helps you fulfill your desired goals."

People choose different themes for different reasons. Many will pick a specific WordPress theme because it features their favorite color. Many others will go for a theme which includes attractive graphics. But is that all?

Definitely, it’s not about what you like. Instead, it’s about what your target audience will be comfortable with. It’s about what fulfills the purpose that you have in mind. And there are a lot of other things to consider while choosing a theme for your WordPress blog.

Let’s discuss the selection process in a bit more detail.

What’s a WordPress theme?
If you are just setting out on your blogging journey, one of most critical decisions that you’ll need to make is choosing a suitable WP theme for your blog. But what’s exactly a WP theme?

Technically, a theme is an accumulation of several files which can be combined to generate a graphical user interface with an underlying design for your blog. Simply put, a theme is the quickest way to make your blog appear a specific way while facilitating certain functionalities.

Themes are Available in Millions: How Do You Choose the Best?
As mentioned above, there are hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes. There are different themes for different markets. There are themes that specifically suit the requirements of online magazines, news portals, realtors, photographers, authors etc.

In addition, there are WP themes for which you’ll need to pay a specific amount. There are others which you can avail for free. Different themes have different types of color backgrounds, header designs, navigation structure, functionalities etc. That makes choosing the best quite tough.

Choosing a Theme to Suit Your Requirements
Selecting the right theme can be an easy task only when you are completely aware of the goals you want to achieve with your blog. You may start a blog for a specific reason. Some people blog just to fulfill their personal desire. Some people blog to establish their expertise and make connections. There are others who start blogging to make money online.

To choose the best of them all, you should –

Be clear of your purpose
Prepare a list of features you want
Check out the popularity of the theme
Find out whether the theme is search engine friendly
Ask for feedback from users
Make sure technical support is always at hand

Certainly, the best WordPress blog theme is that which is in tune with your goals. If you blog simply out of a personal desire, you may want to pick a theme from a wide range of free options. If you want to use your blog to grow an online business, you may need to part with some money. Since you would want to establish a professional image for your business, spending the money will absolutely be worth the effort.

Additional Tips
Choosing the best theme may prove to be confusing, if you try to please just everyone. Truth be told, a single WordPress theme design can’t make everyone happy. So, don’t bother about that.

Also don’t worry about the colors of the theme you have chosen. The colors can be easily changed later. In fact, you should focus your attention on the various visual elements and how they will be placed on the blog.

You can’t immediately make your blog design look as good as one of the many professional bloggers out there. Most of the popular bloggers have hired theme designers or web developers to fine-tune the theme design.

Now that you have a bit of an idea what a WordPress theme actually is and the availability of options, you should be ready to choose one which satisfies your goals as well as suit your target audience the best. Please feel free to post your questions, doubts or views in the comment section below. I’ll be happy to help.

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– who has written 252 posts on Hello Bloggerz.

Obaidul is a professional SEO, freelance writer, guest blogger and online marketer. Owner of HelloBloggerz.com, he works with a wide range of clients from all across the globe and helps them expand the online reach of their businesses. Music is like oxygen to him. He can be reached via Google+ or Twitter.

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Valenté Fanning January 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

But what if you’re on Tumblr?

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