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Four Keys to Picking the Perfect Theme for Your Website WordPress is the top content management system (CMS). With the thousands of themes out there, it can be overwhelming, frustrating and downright confusing. Do you just go with the really pretty theme on the demo? How about that theme with the fancy name? Or the one that looks super easy to use? Definitely NOT! Here are four keys that will help you to pick the perfect theme for your WordPress site. Identify the Purpose of Your Website First, define what you want and what you need for your website. What is the purpose? There are many categories… business, eCommerce, multimedia driven, magazine or newspaper, personal, portfolio showcase, or maybe you just want a simple blog to share your thoughts and experiences. Whatever the purpose of the site is it is essential that you are clear on what the website is for to pick the right theme that will match your contents. Recognize the Functionality of Your Website This next step is just as crucial as the first one. Your answer will correspond with your website’s purpose. For example, does it need to have a membership or maybe an eCommerce functionality? A membership site is used to protect certain pages and contents exclusive for your members and subscribers and an eCommerce site is used for selling products. Compare Back-end Features and User-Friendliness Now that you have identified the purpose of the site and the functionality you want, you should take figure out the back-end. Unfortunately, with most themes you won’t know how the dashboard looks and how easy it is...
Free WordPress Themes: The Cost of ‘Free’

Free WordPress Themes: The Cost of ‘Free’

It is very tempting to use something that is free. There are an overwhelming amount of free WordPress themes out there. However, what might be free for you now, you will pay for later in frustration, time and money. A lot of websites offering free WordPress themes try to attract users with their “free” offer, only to try to get them to buy their premium themes. When deciding between a free WordPress theme and a premium WordPress theme you have to pay for, it is important to figure out what you want to achieve with your website. Smaller personal blogs or portfolio websites may be perfect with a free theme because it is quick and inexpensive. However, businesses (especially the ones that require e-commerce tools) should be using a premium theme. Most importantly when making that decision, you need to think about what kind of appearance you want to give off to your website visitors, customers and users. Most of the free WordPress themes have a footer that displays the name of the website where you downloaded it from. This looks like you didn’t put a lot of effort and money into your professional website. Here are some pros of using free WordPress themes They are good to use with personal blogs. They are free! If you do buy a premium theme and it is not what you were looking for, then it could be hard to get a refund. No money is spent on hiring a website builder. There is a lot of online community support through different forums and websites. You can experiment and figure out the...