Choosing the right theme for your blog is important because you need to carefully pick something that matches your niche and/or business. If you have a blog about cooking, then don’t use a theme that was designed for real estate…pretty much common sense I think :).
Another reason to choose the perfect theme is that it can affect your SEO (search engine optimization) efforts. How your theme is structured does affect how your site could potentially rank in the search engine results.
Free Themes vs Paid Themes
Most beginners can feel a little overwhelmed with all the free themes available on the web. There are literally millions of free themes but these do have drawbacks. I’m not saying that all free themes are junk…i’m just saying that a large majority of them have disadvantages.
For one thing, they have limitations and may not be customizable to what you have in mind. There are far fewer options available with free themes. Also, if something goes wrong with your free theme, you may not be able to get support for this.
In my opinion, this is definitely the biggest downfall which is why I recommend using paid themes – it’s a one time fee and you are guaranteed support.
I personally use the Genesis Framework by Studiopress and I just love them! When I started designing blogs and websites a few years ago, I used Studiopress but then switched over to Thesis to try something different. I quickly came back to Studiopress because that’s what I felt comfortable with. The code is “intuitive” in my opinion and the support is great. There are tons of options and the possibilities are endless!
When buying a Genesis theme from Studiopress “right out of the box”, you would need to customize it with your own colors, fonts, etc… to match the design your have in mind.
If you’re not a “Do-It-Yourselfer”, I recommend buying your theme through either Restored 316 Designs or Pretty Darn Cute Designs. Both are fantastic designers who offer very cute and feminine themes that are professionally built on the Genesis framework.
Are you just starting your blog but don’t know where to start? Check out my easy-to-follow post How to Start a WordPress Blog.
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