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WordPressYou’re ready to join the world of blogging! You have something to say to the world and you’re sure you’re at least as qualified as most bloggers out there. But you have no idea where to start.

The majority of my clients are right where you are. They want to share ideas and information, they want to write, but the technical aspects of using the internet as the venue presents a barrier, and they can’t see the path around it.

Today, I’m going to show you that path — the path from having no presence on the internet at all to creating your first blog post in WordPress. From zero to 60 (or at least 30) in just about a week. See what’s really involved. Then just follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way!

#1 Choose a Topic

Before you decide to become a blogger, you should have a firm idea of a topic or focus for your blog. Obvious? Maybe. But I’m always struck by how many people are enamored with the idea of making money and/or gaining prestige while sitting in a corner of their home office. They venture out to start blogging, but have absolutely no idea what they will be writing about.

That’s much like saying you want to be a performing artist, when you haven’t yet learned to sing, dance, or act. (Yes, it worked for Paris Hilton, but what are the chances?)

When trying to narrow down your possible blog topics, remember that your blog topic should be:

  1. Specific enough that you can create interest.
    Recently I saw a blog that was purported to be about “my random musings on life and other things.” It had a post on hiking, a post with a cake recipe, another about flat-screen TVs, one about her baby’s food fussiness. The posts were well-written, the design was pleasant, they gal was even pretty good at search engine optimization, but she was frustrated by lack of readers after a number of months of writing.

    I suspect the problem had to do with focus. While some might be interested in her baby food adventures, how likely is the same reader to be researching electronic equipment? If you were a hiking enthusiast, how likely would you be to subscribe to a site that had one hiking article and a bunch of random stuff you had no interest in?

    You certainly can create a very general blog. But unless you are a celebrity or a really entertaining writer, there probably aren’t a lot of people who really care enough about what popped into your head this morning. The blogosphere is brimming with similar personal blogs that are never read by anyone except the writer’s family. If that.
  2. General enough that there are sufficient numbers of interested folks to build a following and sufficient content to write about.
    A recent discussion began when one blogger asked if a site can be “too niche.” My feeling was that a site can be so narrow that you simply have almost no one interested. Some argued that any niche can be successful. Maybe, but I’d like to see someone try to monetize a blog about acrylic nail artists who are Liza Minella fans with macrame fetishes.

    Darren Rowse agreed that a site can be “too niche” and pointed out a related problem. Some blogs are built around a niche that has wide appeal, but not much possible content. According to Rowse, “The best example I saw was a guy who started a blog on a particular model of printer. He ran out of things to say after 5 days.” It was a really popular printer, but just how much can you really chat about such a topic?
  3. Something in which you have expertise.
    You need to be more than just conversant about your topic, you also need to have a solid knowledge base to share with your readers and/or create a valuable experience for them. You might have chosen a great niche, but even if you are really enthused about the topic, you can’t write endlessly about your feelings. If you don’t know anything about it, you won’t be adding much substance on the topic.

    You can learn as you go. but it best to be clear what you are doing. Rather than presenting yourself as a business expert, for example, let readers know you are a new entrepreneur. Rather than setting your blog up as a “how to make money” site, frame it as a “watch my new business grow, learn from my successes and failures” site.
  4. Something you have passion for.
    Successful blogging is a long-term project. And if you’re going to be blogging about something for years, it had better be something you are interested in. If you thoroughly enjoy the subject, it shows in your writing. It excited you. You are internally motivated to learn and research your topic, to keep up on the surrounding industry, to meet people and attend events related to the topic. You will continually have new material because you’ll be immersed in the topic you love.

#2 Select a Domain

NameBoyNetwork SolutionsOnce you’ve settled on your blog topic, you need to choose a domain or URL. This will be the address that people use to visit your blog. Changing it later is possible, but painful, so choose wisely.

Your first serious consideration will be to find a domain name that’s available. When I coded my first web site in 1994, this was easy. Today, domains are a scarce resource. So plan to take some time finding one that works for you.

You’ll need to spend some time trying different, applicable names. To do this, simply go to any domain registrar (like Network Solutions or GoDaddy) and enter some combinations. NameBoy has a clever tool that allows you to enter various words and it displays myriad possible combinations — along with synonyms — and shows you which are available. It’s a great domain name brainstorming tool.

When choosing your name, make it easy on your readers. Make it easy to find, to remember, to spell your website URL. Think about these issues:

Is your URL descriptive without being spammy?
There’s a fine line between a domain that is descriptive and uses a keyword or two, and one that is downright junk-mail silly. Consider:

CandyCaneBooks.com vs. SuperBudgetBooksOnline.com
AcmeWebsites.com vs. BuyCheapWebsites.com
ParentPatriots.com vs. TheBestMomPolitics.com

Is it easy to spell?
Face it. Lots of folks just can’t spell and even for those who can, some words are harder (and more likely to be misspelled) than others. Consider avoiding words that readers are going to enter incorrectly.

If your domain name has words like “entrepreneur,” “accommodation,” “conscientious,”  “embarrass,” or “guarantee” be prepared to have a lot of potential readers end up somewhere else!

Are there multiple possible spellings?
Think hard before choosing a domain with a word that has multiple correct spellings. How will readers remember which one you chose?

For years I’ve owned a popular site with the word “momma” in the URL. In order to keep readers from ending up at a dead end or, worse, at a competing (or copycat) site, each year I pay for the version I use, as well as versions with “mamma” and “mama” in them. Then I have to make sure they are properly redirected to the correct site.

It’s not a huge expense or a deal-breaker, but it is just one more thing on my to-do list.

Are you misspelling on purpose?
Some people think it’s cute to name a business something like Kountry Kitchen, as if using a double letter outweighs the need for proper spelling. Personally, I think it’s goofy, but when you’re on the internet it’s just plain dumb. When you’re striving to get name recognition, do you really want to force your readers to try to remember your fabricated spelling?

That said, I’ve even used invented spellings myself. Sometimes it works if the invented spelling makes sense to the readers. But if you chose to go this route, buy the conventional spelling, too, so those who tend to spell correctly can still find you.

Is your URL excessively long?
Technically, you can have 67 characters in your domain name. But don’t.I strongly suggest you stick with dot com for your top-level domain. Simply put, that is the ending people will assume. If you’re lucky enough that they remember your hostname, you’re probably pushing your luck if you force them to remember an unexpected top-level domain, too.

Still, if another top-level domain really fits your site (for example dot org for a non-profit corporation), use it. One caveat: avoid dot biz. It’s generally considered spammy and will likely cause you all sorts of headaches with your email being filtered and bounced, among other things. (I speak from experience, using dot biz for a legitimate and well-crafted site. I learned my lesson.)

Is this what you want to call your blog?
Whatever domain you end up using, give your site the same name. If you want to call your blog “Suzy’s Happy Blog” and suzyshappyblog.com is taken, choose another name! Let it go! Don’t use the URL mysupersuzyblog.com and then have a huge header that says, “Suzy’s Happy Blog.”

Why? Because if you’re lucky enough that your readers remember your amazing Suzy’s Happy Blog, next time they want to read it, they’re going to go to suzyshappyblog.com and read someone else’s happy entries!

Is your domain hyphenated?
I own a few dozen hyphenated domains. Often, when I have multi-word domains, I use hyphens. But I only buy them if the non-hyphenated version is available as well.Hyphenated names are often much easier to read. Experts-Exchange.com will likely pull a different clientele than expertsexchange.com. And while it might be perfectly legitimate to look for counseling at Therapist-Finder.com, you might wonder about someone doing research on therapistfinder.com.

Distinguishing between words not only helps your readers, but might give you a bit of a bump in the search engines as they, too, can distinguish your keywords when they are separated with hyphens. But, again, I only use hyphenated sites if I can also buy the non-hyphenated site to redirect to my real website.

You want your visitors to return to your site. Make it easy to find you the first time and every time thereafter.

#3 Select Web Hosting

HostGatorWe make it a policy to buy our domains from one provider and our hosting from another.  The separation of powers, so to speak, is a level of protection should you have a problem with either company. So once you’ve purchased your domain, I suggest you look at other companies to find a good hosting package.

With that in mind, here are some questions to ask a potential hosting service:

  1. Disk Space
    How much space can I use for my files and images? What happens when I run out?
  2. Bandwidth
    How much traffic can I generate? What if I exceed  my quota?
  3. Reliability
    What is your uptime percentage? On average, what percentage of the time will my site be inaccessible to viewers?
  4. Customer Service
    How do you deal with problems? How can I contact you for help?
  5. Cost
    How much will hosting cost me each year? Are there payment terms?

It’s also a good idea to get recommendations from people you trust. Online “reviews” may really be nothing more than affiliate sites where people are getting paid to refer your business. They may be honest evaluations, but unless you know the source, you can’t be sure. A few positive recommendations from people who don’t stand to benefit is a good sign of a quality hosting company.

For more help with choosing a host, please check out the BloggingTips Book ‘Choosing A Web Host : Helping You Choose The Right Host For Your Blog‘.

#4 Set Up Your Site

Once you have a domain and hosting purchased, there are a few more things to address. I won’t go into technical detail, but here’s a rundown of what needs to be done.

Point your domain name to your website
In a nutshell, this allows those who type in your URL (held by one provider) to view your website (stored at a different provider).

Install WordPress
WordPress installation requires downloading the WordPress package from WordPress.org, creating a database on your server along with a MySQL user who can modify it, uploading some files, changing with a  few file names, and running an install script.

Some hosting services have programs that make such installs very easy. If you plan on doing this yourself, make sure your host has the tools you need to match your skill level. Otherwise, you can easily hire someone to take care of the technical side.

Choose a theme
Now you have a fresh, slick WordPress install. But face it, it’s downright ugly. The default theme, a Kubrick variation, is extremely dated and overused. The other installed theme, WordPress Classic is better, but not much. But the beauty of WordPress and its enormous community is that you can choose from thousands and thousands of free themes and hundreds of premium (or paid) themes to turn your ugly little site into a thing of beauty in just minutes!

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Get recommendations, do some web search, and find the look to fit your sit topic. Also consider the support provided for the theme you choose. WordPress upgrades often mean theme upgrades are needed as well.

Customize your site
Now that your site has form and style, you’ll still need to tweak a few things to make it your own. I recommend at least the following actions:

  1. Set your site name and tagline
  2. Specify link structure
  3. Add a header image
  4. Arrange widgets in your sidebar
  5. Activate Akismet (a default comment spam blocker)
  6. Add plugins to increase functionality
  7. Decide on appropriate settings
  8. Add an RSS feed
  9. Add a subscription signup
  10. Create categories and tags

#5 Add Pages

The default WordPress setup starts with two pages: a “Home” page and an “About” page. The Home page shows an excerpt of your most recent posts, in reverse chronological order. The About page is blank, and intended as a holding place for info about you, your site, or your company.

In addition to these two pages, you may want to add others.  I suggest every site at least have a contact page that has a form so readers can contact you.

#6 Write Your First WordPress Post

Now that your basic site functions are set, you can begin creating posts. Posts are the heart of a blog, they are the content, they are what drive people to your site. If you’re a blogger, this is where you should probably spend the bulk of your time.

New WordPress Post

Write a lot, but write with care. Make sure your blog posts:

  • Fit with the intended focus of your blog
  • Are clear, well-organized, and readable
  • Use proper grammar
  • Include good HTML structure
  • Are appropriately tagged and categorized

Now What?

You’re officially a blogger, but you’re certainly not done. Now comes the work of adding relevant, helpful content on a regular basis. You’ll need to learn some search engine optimization. You’ll need to draw readers and increase traffic. Depending on your goals, you may want to monetize your site.

There is much left to do and to learn. Blogging isn’t a short-term project. Keep going and keep learning. You’re off to a running start.

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My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for BloggingTips.com, please contact us.

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6 Reasons Why WordPress is a Great CMS for Your Brand

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Talking about the versatility of the web stage, the examination guarantees that consistently, the quantity of WordPress clients develops by multi year-on-year. One of the significant purposes of this amazing number is the open source form that has permitted web engineers to send WordPress rapidly. Its free-form empowers web experts to quicken time-to-go on the web. What’s more, WordPress facilitating as an administration has likewise earned trust due to a few factors, for example, strong move down security, the speed of administration, technical support and so on. In an offer to pick the best WordPress hosting, it winds up basic to lay spotlight on what has settled on WordPress a favoured decision for utilization among web experts. This article will lay accentuation on those seven factors that will disclose to you why.


Improved client administration

WordPress is produced on a stage that utilizations modern programming dialects, for example, PHP, SQL and JavaScript. However, keeping in mind the end goal to utilize WordPress, it isn’t vital that you know every one of these dialects. This is on the grounds that you can physically introduce WordPress from WordPress.org to profit a WordPress site for yourself. When you get a WordPress site for yourself, you don’t have to stress over programming and security refreshes since they are programmed. As for client abilities, WordPress enables in excess of one client to deal with the CMS. Along these lines, on the off chance that you need to deal with altering or distributing duties to a colleague, this should be possible effectively. Besides, since WordPress is an easy to understand interface, the time taken to adjust to the CMS is likewise less. Every one of these variables are in charge of making WordPress easy to utilize.

Incredible for SEO

WordPress has empowered its clients with the favourable position to climb in Google’s SERP ( web index comes about page). As a stage, WordPress has enabled clients to deal with essential components, for example, HTML markup, Permalinks, Headings and Title labels, Optimized pictures and substance curation. As for HTML markup, WordPress makes straightforward pages in HTML which can be deciphered via web search tools. To the extent permalinks are concerned, WordPress has been produced with a characteristic capacity to peruse posts and pages containing watchwords for web crawlers to lift them up. This enables clients to control the substance inside the connection. Title labels and headings enable Google to extract the data on the page though, with pictures, WordPress enables you to streamline the same further with ALT labels and additionally portrayals.

Simple to utilize CMS

In an offer to make content distributing substantially less demanding, WordPress has enabled clients with stunning capacities. As a stage, it isn’t just straightforward as far as usefulness yet additionally has a plenty of choices to upgrade content curation. Allow us to clarify how. Right off the bat, it has given clients a one next to the other visual-to-content dashboard with a specific end goal to flip between composed forms. When clients are finished written work content, they can tap on the review catch to get a look at the same. Also, the substance composed gets auto-spared in the CMS. In this way, in the event that there is a power disappointment, the client can continue composing content from the last spared case. Further, as you make and create more substance, WordPress encourages you to streamline and upgrade the nature of the substance. This can enable you to make a superior work process for the substance of your site. Besides with modules like Editflow, you can likewise scale and improve your substance generation.

Adaptability and smoothness of plan

At whatever point you are utilizing a dashboard, your slightest desire is that its plan ought to be sufficiently straightforward to enable you to explore with no issues. Nonetheless, WordPress has surpassed those desires. In the event that you purchase a premium or even a free record, the dashboard’s plan components are predictable and don’t switch layers or hues like most CMSes do. Regardless of whether you include advanced additional items or reconciliations. Talking about reconciliations, WordPress enables you to embed client advantageous modules like WooCommerce to enable you to adapt. Likewise, let us not overlook the parallax plan that makes route less complex through the CMS and the simplified component which facilitates document and substance transfers on the CMS. The greater part of this is conceivable in light of the fact that WordPress’ plan is simple and adaptable. Presently, to the extent overseeing documents is concerned, WordPress as a CMS does not require an FTP not does it require HTML supervisor to alter, erase transfer, download any records or recordings through the site.

Impressive security bolster

What could be superior to anything a powerful security bolster that sweeps malware and naturally refreshes the framework often? WordPress has a solid tech group that works towards making the stage a projected goal. Since they comprehend the significance of a safe stage, they have facilitated the procedure of reconciliation computerized security endorsements like SSL. Alongside security refreshes, WordPress advises its clients of programming refreshes which has the most recent form of insurance abilities. In addition, the joining of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assault mitigator SiteLock and reinforcement apparatus CodeGuard has made the stage secure than any time in recent memory. In this way, in the event that you ever consider purchasing the best WordPress facilitating, inquire as to whether he enables you to incorporate SiteLock and additionally CodeGuard to anchor your WordPress site in the most ideal way that is available.

Inventive incorporations

WordPress has investigated every possibility opposite its highlights. In any case, they didn’t stop with highlights. WordPress broadened this use through additional items and reconciliations also. One of the key mixes that has surprised the web network are microinteractions. Microinteractions are minute intelligent components that are utilized to improve WordPress sites in totality. This component, predominantly utilized as an instrument to draw in clients has ended up being a differentiator for some WordPress site proprietors. Likewise, VR (Virtual Reality) based topics have additionally been coordinated much of the time, on account of WordPress’ developing innovation.

Conclusion

WordPress’ decent variety and adaptability makes it a favoured CMS for web experts world over. With an ever-increasing number of individuals joining the WordPress people group, we anticipate that the number will ascend to 40% of clients worldwide in the following couple of years. Extraordinary compared to other best WordPress hosting suppliers that have helped clients move to WordPress around the globe are ResellerClub. Their WordPress facilitating plans are justified regardless of a take and meet worldwide models as far as administration.

Along these lines, here is trusting that WordPress advances further as it has been developing and keeps on astounding its clients and improve things less complex and.

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10 Best Alternative Energy Templates to Build Your Eco-Friendly Website

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Are you an alternative energy company striving to minimize the ecological footprint of humans? Tap into the online client pool with a top-notch eco-friendly website. In this post, you’ll find 10 best alternative energy website templates that help you build a conversion-rich web presence.

Why are these alternative energy templates the best ones?

  • First of all, they make it to the top thanks to unparalleled builder-enhanced customization ease.
  • Secondly, these alternative energy templates help you foster an eco-friendly website with rich UI that incorporates social integration, newsletter subscription, Google Map, Contacts page and form, etc.
  • Moreover, in this top list, you’ll also find free alternative energy templates that let you build your site not spending a penny on a ready-made design. Fortunately, the designs of free alternative energy templates are as well-though and thoroughly coded as the premium ones. So, you’re welcome to enjoy building your eco-friendly website with one of them!

First things first, it’s time to review the nominees of our top list. Getting to know the best alternative energy templates, pay attention to the links that come below the screenshots. These links help you uncover the greatness of these alternative energy templates to the fullest!

Solarento: Lighting Website Template for Solar Light Company

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Solarento is a responsive lighting website template that serves as a trouble-free solution for building a solar light company website. First of all, you can customize this theme within MotoCMS builder. This requires no programming knowledge or coding skills. Secondly, the theme is enhanced with creative icons, pricing tables, 4-column footer and Parallax.

EngGroup: Website Template for Environment-friendly Energy Company

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If you want to create a powerful energy company website, use EngGroup theme that has all the much-needed pages and UI elements that fit your niche. The theme turns your website into an impressive catalog of accomplished and upcoming projects. Moreover, it incorporates mentioning all the means and ways of getting in touch with you. Last but not least, EngGroup theme is fully visually customizable and incorporates the imagery as a bonus!

GreenTech: Sustainable Energy Company Website Design

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Green Tech is a template of absolute quality. With the help of it, you can launch an eco-friendly energy company site in 3 days. With Moto CMS template, you can create your converting website with no web coding knowledge. Moreover, with the visual editor, you see every change implemented instantly, which save lots of customization hours. Needles to say, GrennTech theme delivers you a rich collection of UI widgets. On top of this, you get a chance to turn your site into an e-store within minutes.

Axtivax: Solar Energy Website Template

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Have you been looking for a premium design for your alternative power website? With Activax, creating such a website is amazingly easy thanks to the drag-n-drop site creator. The Activax template incorporates all you need to advertise your solar power business and score well on search engine result pages. Moreover, thanks to the free 14-days trial, you’ve got a chance to try the product before you buy it. So, you’ll be sure you enjoy your experience with MototCMS before you spend a penny.

GreenLine: Solar Energy Website Theme for Green Companies

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GreenLine is a clean and minimalist solar energy business website. This template will be an ultimate match for any green energy businesses. The template is fully customizable within Visual Composer. You just have to choose the needed blocks and drag-n-drop them to your pages. What’s more, this theme brings you Parallax effect, ready-made newsletter subscription functionality and attractive social media widgets. The latter help you gain cult following in social networks, introducing new audiences to your accounts in social media.

Apollo: Solar Power Website Design for Alt Energy Companies

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This fully-fledged theme for green energy sites features premium design, underpinned by the customization magic of MotoCMS builder. With it, you can add content and blocks, resize the UI elements and trim options in visual mode. Being fast and reliable, this template knows no loading delays and no new visitor drops. Thanks to audio, video, embed and iframe widgets, you can add the content of literally any kind to your site within a couple of minutes.

Organixine: Green Biofuel and Eco Industries Website Template

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Organixine theme has an accomplished design of shades of lush green and content-first minimal blocks. First of all, the template has an uncompromising responsiveness, fitting any screen size and form factor. The template also delivers you the breathing, immersive Parallax. This effect increases user engagement and forms positive browsing experience. Moreover, Organixine brings you more than 10 ready-made pages for every need of your future site.

EcoLife: PV System Website Design for Green Energy Website

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EcoLife is a PV system site theme with captivating design and full responsiveness. With it, your site will have a solid look on all modern devices. Moreover, with it, you get a pre-loaded website creator. Visual Builder offers you code-free site building with intuitive drag-n-drop. What’s more, this template boasts of an admin panel full of options, each of which is accompanied by an explanatory tool. So, it’s impossible to get lost building your website with EcoLife.

SolarNRG: Website Template for Solar Panel Producers

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SolarNRG is a simple and attractive theme with visual builder and comprehensive set up. With it, it takes just a couple of hours to launch your professional website. With SolarNRG, you’ll be able to manage your website right in the web browser without any coding or site creation expertise. Moreover, thanks to the responsive grid system, the theme fits all imaginable screen resolution and Retina screens.

EMpower: Solar Website Design for Alternative Energy Services

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If you want to build a sound alternative energy niche web presence, give a try to this responsive, business-minded solar energy website design. Firstly, Empower theme comes with a fast and hassle-free installation. Secondly, visual builder and site admin panel can be accessed right in any browser from any of your devices. Moreover, Empower theme brings you a thick package of front-end widgets and highly customizable interface elements.

Now, you’re familiar with the most outstanding eco-friendly themes of the summer 2018. You can try creating your website with any of them for a 2-week period absolutely free. Then, if you like the experience and make a purchase, your site customization progress will be saved. So, you can simply carry on and go life with your new web presence!

If we haven’t answered some of your questions, feel free to voice them in the Comments section below. Stay tuned for more!

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SEO WordPress Themes: What You Need to Know

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Choosing the right WordPress theme

Every day, a lot of people use WordPress CMS for running their blogs. However, one certainly has got to be pretty meticulous about Choosing the right WordPress theme and all the various important aspects of it and one such aspect are obviously the theme.

Choosing the right WordPress theme can create a magical difference in a whole lot of ways and on the contrary, a bad choice of theme can hamper the performance of your website to a very large extent. There’s no denying the fact that every user tries to find the most powerful theme for one’s website but chances are that they end up making the wrong choice.

Well, in the most of the cases, it’s either inexperienced or a hasty decision that leads to a terribly wrong choice of theme and it can certainly get things pretty frustrating for your website. This is why we thought of coming up with this amazing post wherein we will enlighten you about the 5 Things to Consider before Choosing the right WordPress theme.

Choosing the right WordPress theme

Things to Bear in Mind While Choosing the right WordPress theme

We are pretty much aware as to how difficult a choice making can be in general and this holds true for WordPress Themes as well. In fact, the excitement about the fact that you are actually going to start a website and at the same time, the various stunning themes presented in the most exclusive way in front of you can pretty easily get you deluded and let you choose a perfectly wrong theme for your website.

We examined a few such cases and finally, came up with 5 amazing points for you to bear in mind while you are looking to find a perfect WordPress theme for your website. Even though there can a whole lot of points to consider while choosing a WordPress theme, we listed 5 most important points to help you make the right choice.

These points will not just help you find the perfect theme but also, keep you relaxed and pretty sure of everything you do about your WordPress Site. Without much ado, let’s get straight to the points

Look for a Simple Theme

Even though you will find a lot of WordPress themes with complex layouts, extravagant colors, lots of animation, widgets and more, there’s actually nothing better than a simple theme. On one hand, it saves you a lot of time by keeping you away from dealing with the complexities of the layout and design and on the other hand, it helps you stay focused.

Instead, you may look for a theme that would pretty much help you convey the message of your site clearly to the audience. A simple theme actually makes a lot of room for customization which eventually can help you give your website the most suitable design.

Look for a Responsive Theme

No matter you intend to run a blog or a website, nothing is successful without a decent traffic, right? Also, we are no stranger to the fact that a large portion of the internet users is actually Android and smartphone users.

It is important to read all the specifications of every theme pretty carefully to check if the theme is responsive which means if the theme will work equally well on all the devices. A theme with a responsive design can help you to a massive extent in getting traffic from all the available device platforms. As a matter of fact, every successful website nowadays actually uses a responsive theme.

Without a responsive theme, users certainly wouldn’t have a smooth experience as they visit your website from their mobile phones. Over the years, a lot of e-commerce websites, as well as blogs, have attained excellent success in terms of conversion because of their brilliant responsive themes.

Browser Compatibility

How do we all react to slow loading web pages? Nobody ever enjoys wasting one’s time waiting for a website to load, right. The next best thing we could probably do is leave that site and look for an alternate website. Chances are that we will never get back to the former website ever again.

Different users may use different browsers to visit the same site. However, a site owner must try to offer a brilliant website performance irrespective of what browser a user chooses to visit one’s website. This is actually a bit tricky and it’s not possible if one doesn’t check the browser compatibility prior to Choosing the right WordPress theme

Even though WordPress developers test the browser compatibility of their themes, this may not hold entirely true for all the free themes which are why it is absolutely important to test one’s theme on the various popular browsers to check its browser compatibility and then take a decision.

Choice of Plugins

We are pretty much aware as to what makes WordPress so powerful apart from being an unimaginably ‘easy to manage’ CMS. It’s none other than its plugins that can to a large extent help you with extended functionalities. As a matter of fact, there are thousands of plugins that are free yet very powerful.

However, it is equally important to choose the theme that gets along well with your favorite plugins else things might get frustrating in terms of your website’s performance if ever a plugin tends to get in conflict with the theme in use.

Hence, one needs to be pretty wise about the choice of theme and its compatibility with your favorite plugins so that no plugin-theme conflict ever comes in the way of the website’s growth and performance.

SEO Friendliness

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is an aspect that can never be overlooked if at all you want your website to achieve great success. In fact, this is what a website needs in order to get more visible to the web traffic. A website with a perfect SEO would always hold its position on the SERP or the Search Engine Result Page.

Hence, it is a factor that should never be skipped when looking for a theme for your website. Even the theme with the most exquisite looks may generate poorly coded HTML which may eventually affect the page loading in an adverse way and we are pretty much aware as to how much the page loading aspect matters of a website in SEO. The faster the page loading, SEO will work better for that website.

This is why it is important to check if a theme is SEO friendly prior to choosing it. You can do it by checking it with the W3C Markup Validation service to see if the theme has a proper HTML5.

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Conclusion

It is always wise to go slow and we are certainly no stranger to the hard work it takes to have the most successful website. Choosing a proper theme for one’s WordPress website is certainly the most crucial aspect and we can’t afford to go wrong with it since changing the theme over and over again could be pretty painful.

The five points that we shared in this post are good enough to help you choose the most appropriate theme for your WordPress website provided that you bear them in your mind while Choosing the right WordPress theme and not get carried away by their extravagant looks.

It is absolutely important to go right with the basics to have a strong foundation for your website. Ending up with a wrong theme and changing it over again will only divert you from the core business.

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