WordPress has grown so very much since I first used it a few years ago. Then we had a limited selection of designs (themes) and there was little thought for using WordPress beyond a simple blog.
Now we use WordPress for all kinds of things, not just blogs but for websites, forums, online shopping, magazines, collaborations and so much more. How wonderful, and how lucky are we to be given this tool for free!
And as for design, well even a couple of years ago it would take days to choose the theme that best suited us. We’d find one that we liked but then would keep looking, just in case…
And now there are thousands of free themes and many tempting premium themes to choose from – it is often bewildering so we will usually limit the choice by suggesting the best to suit your needs rather than let you loose in the candy stores!
The first thing we ask you when you ask us to install a suchandsuch premium theme is “why?”. It’s most important to consider just what your blog or website or whatever needs to actually do, then find the design that suits this. Too often it is tempting to want a theme because it is impressive/shiny/a thing of beauty when it may not be the best solution for you and your business/project.
And… Premium themes do not set themselves up. The demo always looks wonderful and very impressive, however you will need to work with the theme’s settings to make your’s look as good, especially if you want to use your own colours and do any tweaks. Yes, it can be done, of course – we do it all the time, roll up our sleeves, switch to mild-geek-mode and play with the css style sheet. If you’re adept at this, get stuck in but do allow for some time to play. If there are pretty sliding images (a common prettiness), do you have these, do such images work for what you want your blog/website to do? Remember – “just because you can does not mean that you should”.
Sometimes, the simpler the better really does work. There are plenty of solid free themes available that will do all that you want and need – indeed the WordPress default theme can be set up to give you a more than adequate result – it does not have to dance, sing and make coffee.
Another thing we are seeing is a lot of people using the same base theme, so many websites are starting to look a bit similar – so chances are you will want to change the feel to best reflect your business. Including your logo is usually the simple bit – to then change backgrounds, fonts, etc takes a bit more tweaking…
Then of course you might want the whole thing designed for you – that’s a whole other world – great fun but definitely more pricey 😉
If you’re not sure about what will suit you best, have a chat – we can let you have a play with the dashboard that includes some examples of the different premium themes that we work with, so you can see if it is going to be worthwhile spending that bit extra to get the shiny bits!