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Tips for Choosing the Best WordPress Theme for Your Blog

By Jasmine Watts

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbChanging your WordPress theme on your website is a lot of work. There is so much that goes into switching to a new WordPress theme that every time I change it, I think to myself, “okay for real this time…this is the last time I am going to do this”. But that cannot be further from the truth. As your website initiatives change, so does your blog, and that is when it is time to go theme shopping.

In the four years that I have been working on Miss Millennia Magazine, we have changed themes six times. Each time we decided to change the theme it was at a point when we were redirecting our focus on different aspects of growing the site. From my experience, here are some things you should consider when choosing your WordPress theme for your blog.

Decide what you need from your new theme that you do not currently have

This has been the number one force driving me each time I decided to make a change to my website. The first time it was because our site could not display a lot of content and was downright ugly. The second was because we could not display our cover on the homepage. Later came a design that focused more on subscriptions and another that focused on more space for ads. Whatever you are lacking right now, keep in consideration that your homepage will get more views than any other page on the website, so be sure to highlight the items that you want more of.

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Choose a theme that will help you monetize your site

This is something that I did not do well at first, but is now a top priority when it comes to choosing designs. If you make most of your income from ads on your site, do not do yourself a disservice and choose a theme that has little to no advertising spaces on the homepage. This is your most visible page on your site, and will get more visitors than any other page. If you make most of your income from your email list, choose a theme that is focused on subscribers first! If you are earning money from your blog, this is something you absolutely have to consider.

Choose a theme that looks good

This is definitely an important factor since you want to have a site that is appealing. While this should not be the first thing you look for when choosing a WordPress theme, it should be considered. I do not believe that you should have to sacrifice the beauty of your site for functionality, so keep looking until you find the one that is both appealing and functional.

Know where to shop for WordPress Themes

Once you decide on what you want, it’s time to shop! While a good Google search never hurt anyone, I think it helps to know where to find the good stuff.

  • Themeisle– This is where my current theme came from. They have a huge variety of free and paid themes and pretty good customer service.
  • Theme ForestWhere I selected my two themes prior to my current one. They also have a huge selection and make it pretty easy to search on their site.

I know I said that theme changes are a lot of work, but they are also a lot of fun. We always see a little spike in traffic once we do a new theme, and we also seem to get a number of people who comment on how much better our site is getting. Getting a new theme is part of the blogging life so get some practice in and have fun along the way!

 

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About Jasmine Watts

I am a fashion enthusiast with a deep passion for writing, internet marketing, and entrepreneurship. After graduating from college, my world was rocked when I realized how different college life was from “the real world”. This mentality led me to create Miss Millennia Magazine LLC, an online mag for women who were also transitioning from college life into the real world.

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