The Ultimate Guide to Choosing WordPress Themes – Here’s What You Should Know!

A stunning theme for WordPress with a careful design will generate a strong impact on the minds of your audience. First impressions are important, but how will you decide which theme you should use for your business website? There are thousands of available themes available online for you to choose from and choosing the right theme can become overwhelming. In this article, you shall learn about some tips which will help you to select the best WordPress themes for your business site.

  1. Mobile friendly: choose a responsive theme

WordPress themes need to be responsive to adapt to various browser sizes, so you will not require a plugin for mobile sites. Contents will get automatically resized so that can be fitted on smaller screens. Many designers fail to recreate a beautiful theme for a mobile website. The primary thing which everyone must look for when deciding on a theme for WordPress is that they have to be mobile friendly. Designers at times focus more on using more stylized techniques than on making it mobile friendly. The responsive nature of the theme must be at par with its counterpart for the larger screen, and it must look good on both large and small screens. Themes have to be smooth, load quickly like they do on desktop themes.

When you are looking for themes online, you must keep your mobile phone ready for you so that you can test the theme on your mobile straight away. You can start with checking the theme on your desktop but be sure to test it on your mobile phone also and examine the theme’s layout both on the mobile phone’s screen and the desktop screen. You will have to envision the content of your site on a mobile site. You must critically analyze your navigation menu and other elements on the mobile version because you will get a lot of traffic from people who view your website from their cell phones.

  1. Theme Layouts: Go Beyond Demos

Many people while they are looking for a new theme for their WordPress site feel that the demonstration and layout will be looking precisely in the same manner on your main website. Many designers will use beautiful images to entice customers into buying their themes instead of the hundreds of others to choose from. Theme developers will present their demos with a lot of affection and care. Everything may seem to be adequately taken care of and ready. However, you must be cautious enough to imagine how it will all look when you finally put your elements into the theme. In case you are someone planning on starting a blog but do not have either the time or the budget to hire a professional blogger or somebody who will manage your blog, then you should neglect any such themes which has “feature article sliders.” Designers may create smooth sliders for scrolling featured images and titles of latest articles from your blog. However, people who browse such themes may not wonder about what content they will put inside the slider to fill the element; they will, later on, feel that their website is looking once it has been set up and the theme installed.

  1. Do Not Use Busy Themes

In the world of designs and graphics, more often than not, simplicity is the best way to go forward, and less can seem like more. You have to be consistent with your industry. While you choose a theme for your WordPress site, you have to predetermine what the purpose of your website is. The theme which you want must not be complimenting your goals. Instead, it should be simplifying them. Your theme’s layout must not be confusing for your readers; it has to precisely deliver the message of the purpose of your services to the target audience.

Go to other websites, reputed websites, which belong to your niche area to see how they present themselves, then look for a way to improve on them. You have to understand what your potential audience looks for in websites, after that you can easily narrow down on your choice of the theme which will be appropriate for you and then you can enhance it.

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Conclusion

Choosing a theme for your WordPress site can seem like an overwhelming task, especially since you will be having a plethora of options to choose from. However, knowing the right techniques will simply make you get the job done correctly. Hopefully, the tips you read about in this article will help you to choose a theme which will be most useful for your specific requirements.

Developing a WordPress Theme by using PSD Designs

When we create our websites and themes, we often use Photoshop to design all graphics, place all elements, and check font sizes and much more. By using PSD files moving the menu or placing new items are easy and effortless, and results in a better website if done properly.

Depending on which developer and designer you hire for the job at hand, cost does not need to be double that of finding someone who can do both for you. If you find a jack of all trades, he is after all, master of none, and most likely it will take a much longer time because of that. Using a PSD to WordPress service does not even have to be more expensive.


Why design in Photoshop PSD files and then later convert that into a WordPress Theme?

For people new to the world of websites and web design, this question might appear natural and without a clear answer. It is understandable that people might think the cost is higher for such a project, since you have to pay both a designer to provide a PSD, and then for a developer to convert the PSD into a WordPress theme.

But for anyone who’s worked with websites for just a little while, even if it would cost more than having one person do all the work, there are other reasons why you should consider designing in Photoshop first, and then developing on top of that.

Benefits of PSD to WordPress

  • Speed

If you try to develop your site without having a clear idea of what the end result should look like in terms of design, more likely than not you will end up spending a lot of extra time and effort since it is easy to fall into the trap of modifying a bit here and there, never really looking at the big picture, moving from one part of the site to another.

By having a clear idea of how the theme should look before coding it, you or your developer can program everything from day one, and since the client has already accepted the design, chances are smaller of last minute changes to the design and structure.

  • Quality

Using PSD files allow for better quality in the overall design, often gives users a better experience and first impression, and certain elements can be imported from resources online, such as Google’s Material Elements, allowing for greater consistency and coherence in the theme.

  • Structure, Rulers and guidelines

Working without PSD files for theme development also means having to measure everything in developer tools, or even worse, by printing out the web pages and using an old fashioned ruler to measure widths, lengths, margins and so on.

Photoshop has a great built-in system for handling all these aspects, allowing the designer to get dead accurate with every single element, letter, logo and image on the site. By ensuring these small things are perfectly aligned and in their optimal structures, the first impression and general user experience will be enhanced greatly!

  • Easy to work with

It is easier to work with an already finished design, the developer can cut down tremendous amounts of time this way, and by having a designer and a developer work on their individual expertises, you ensure the best of both worlds.

Would you really want your painter to also fix your plumbing? Or your plumber to choose the color palette for your new kitchen? By recognizing the different strong and weak areas that both designers and developers have, and using just their best strengths, you can achieve a result with your theme or website that far exceeds the majority of websites out there today.

Conclusion

Often times people are needlessly worried that having designed a PSD file and then converted that into a WordPress theme will increase the cost greatly, but that is simply not the case. While there are certain projects where it might be fine with having the developer do all the work, it is not a given, and should be considered on an individual basis per project.

Furthermore, the quality, design and user experience will often see great improvements when using a skilled designer in unison with a WordPress developer, since you draw on the skills from experts in both areas, rather than having one person do the work of several people.

Premium WordPress Theme: pStella

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pStella – Free WordPress & WooCommerce Theme from June, 2015.

This time we elevate our theme layout and effort, by including beautiful fonts, as well as featured images that stand out, in a template designed for speed and SEO primarily.

This theme features a minimalistic design style, with a responsive layout that works on all devices.

Built with WordPress and WooCommerce best practices, this theme is sure to be a great addition to your WordPress/WooCommerce installation.

We also advice you to take a look at our WordPress Plugins, as well as our WooCommerce Plugins

We are proud to announce our first Premium Theme for WordPress being released!

This theme has a heavy focus on typography and wide open areas, making it ideal for anyone blogging about most subjects.
Choose from one of the 4 different homepage layout’s and you are good to go!

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Documentation

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  • Version:

    v1.0.0

  • License:

    GNU GPLv2

  • Requires:

    WordPress 4.0+

  • Framework:

    Bootstrap and Underscores

  • Layout:

    Responsive, mobile friendly

  • Colors:

    White, Blue, Light

  • Released:

    25 May 2015

  • Updated:

    25 May 2015

  • Browser(s):

    IE9, IE10, IE11, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera

Installing WordPress Theme: stella

  1. First go to Appearance -> Themes & click “Add New” – Search for “stella” or alternatively,  obtain the .zip file from wordpress.org/themes/stella, then do the above step and also click “Add New” then “Upload New” and choose the zip file.
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  2. Click Install (If you encounter an error message during install, please report it to our Support section)
  3. Once installed, click activate and the theme is now installed and running!

 

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  • Personal Blogging Theme
  • 100% GPL including artwork and css
  • Stylish & Timeless Design
  • 4 Different Home Page Layouts
  • Underscores Framework
  • Custom Slideshow Plugin
  • Custom Portfolio & Contact page
  • Custom Flickr Feed Plugin
  • Responsive Design
  • Video and Quote post formats
  • Left / Right / No sidebar
  • W3C Valid HTML
  • And much more..