Whenever you start to build a website, one of the most important things is choosing a website theme. With the thousands of different themes out there to pick from, this task can get overwhelming. When I first started my first website, I know this was 1 of the hardest things to do.
There are a number of things you should keep in mind when choosing a theme
- Make sure it is easy to navigate through and visitors can find your content easily.
- A crisp clean theme, will make your website stand out.
- Make sure you can customize it to your liking.
- A theme controls things like your menu, header, footer, and your widgets, so pick one that is going to support all these key features.
- SEO Friendly, you want your theme to be as SEO friendly as possible.
- Compatible with different plug-ins, there is nothing worst than getting your theme loaded to find out it doesn’t support certain plug-ins.
- Is equipped with tracking features like Google Analytics. This will keep track of how many visitors you are getting and what part of the world they are coming from.
All these key factors will play a big role in your overall success when you are starting out. With all the available themes out there premium and free you might overlook these things.
My personal recommendations
The following themes are the ones that I have tried out and believe me when I first started out I went through many of them. I probably tried out at least 50 or more before I actually found a few that I liked.
These are paid themes, but a few of them have a free version for you to try out before you buy. Some of them even include a bonus theme when you buy one. The free version of the theme I am using now come with a bonus theme as well.
This is the Delicacy theme and it is idea for restaurant and food sites
This is the restaurant theme, this theme is ideal for anyone starting up a food site, or restaurant website for local businesses. It comes packed with some awesome features, and it has a reservation system that lets your customers book a table online.
The blog life and blog life pro themes the 1 I am currently using on this website
Blog life pro, this is the theme that I am currently using on this website and I love it. It has a clean layout, you can easily navigate through my site, and everything is easy to find.
This theme is idea for a daily blogger or anyone wanting to create a website based on a variety of different niches. I highly recommend it to anyone starting out or an experienced blogger.
There is a free version that you can try before you buy. The pro version comes with the nivo slider plugin, as well as many other custom options.
The accommodate theme is ideal for anyone with a hotel or cottage website
The accommodate theme is specially designed for hotels,cottages, rental apartments, condos, or anything similar to that. The sleek design and layout looks great on any size screen. It comes with the nivo slider plugin so you can showcase up to 3 different rooms or condos at 1 time.
Additional features include custom post types so that you can add rooms and additional information about your rooms; like photo galleries, prices, locations and so much more.
It also comes with an additional plugin called fancy box gallery, this automatically integrates your photo gallery into the fancy box plugin allowing you to show your best sellers.
The Chick style theme is designed for those involved in fashion
The Chic Style theme is for all those who love talking about anything related to fashion.It comes with many interesting features and add-on’s, that you can use any way you like for a personalized design that will fit your needs.
A few features of this theme would be a nivo slider where you can showcase a variety of different things at once. It also includes a social widget where you can increase your following on your social media profiles.
The daily blog and daily blog pro theme is similar to the blog life theme
The daily blog pro theme is similar to the blog life pro theme. It is designed for personal blogging, and offers a variety of different options that you can use, to customize it to fit your needs. There is a free version available that comes with a bonus theme, as well as the paid version.
A few features of this theme is the nivo slider which is included in all the pro versions. You can show up to 3 or 4 different products or services at once using this plugin and a little bit of short code.
There is also a tabs widget featuring your latest posts the most popular posts and your latest comments.
If you need additional help with the theme selection process I would love to help you out
These are just a few of the different themes that I recommend. I really hope this has helped you when you are trying to pick a theme that will give you a professional looking website.
Once you find a theme that you like, you are 1 step closer to getting your website optimized for success.
If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment about choosing a website theme then please leave them below, and I get back to you A.S.A.P.
Your Friend Scott