Selecting a WordPress Theme
- 1 Welcome
- 2 Estimating Costs
- 3 Choosing WordPress
- 4 Registering a Domain Name
- 5 Choosing WordPress Hosting
- 6 Sending and Receiving Email
- 7 Selecting a Theme
- 8 Recommended Plugins
- 9 Optimizing Performance
- 10 Search Engine Optimization
- 11 Marketing and Outreach
- 12 Managing Your Site
- 13 Earning Income
- 14 Miscellaneous
There are many great themes for WordPress. A lot are free but I don’t mind spending a bit (<$50) for a high quality, custom design. Browse ThemeForest for a number of great options.
I chose MySiteMyWay’s Construct theme ($35) for this site because it’s Responsive. Responsive themes provide an adapted experience for mobile and tablet browsers. I’ve also been extremely impressed with the technical support they offer. In preparing this tutorial, I ran into several problems that I didn’t expect them to be able to resolve – but in each case, they gave me easily applied hot patches within 24 hours.
There’s also Elegant Themes, Woo Themes and many more. I found Elegant Themes menu system to be overly customized from native WordPress – some people may appreciate this, I did not. It felt as if I had to learn an entirely new system to use it.
Similarly, Theme.co’s X Theme is breaking new ground by offering a variety of layouts within one $60 theme. I use it for my consulting site Lookahead.io. However, there’s a bit of a learning curve to using their highly customized environment to build your site.
There are a number of ways to customize your WordPress site typeface: