How to Choose the Best WordPress Theme for Your Website (Infographic)

Before you go searching for the best looking WordPress theme, to start building your new website or blog, take a few minutes to consider how a theme can impact things like your brand, user experience and search engine ranking.

Too many times have I seen someone purchase an all singing and dancing WordPress theme, to then struggle trying to get it to fit their vision, only to find out that it doesn’t do want they ended up wanting it to do.

By thinking about our content first and how that might fit within a themes design and then looking at the performance and coding standards of the themes demo website, we can start to get an idea if the theme will work for us and if it’s actually any good in all aspects, not just the look and feel.

Of course we might want to make changes so it’s a good idea to try and get a feel for how flexible a theme is, but also to choose one that is most inline with how you see your content evolving as your website grows.

A theme may look fantastic with it’s demo content but we need to be thinking of how it could easily adapt to our vision and include the types of content we want to present to our visitors. A WordPress theme needs to suit the type of website we want to create, but we also need to ensure that it gives us some things as standard such as; being suitable for all screen sizes, fast loading, and well coded to W3C standards.

For more information and advice on how to choose the best WordPress theme for your website please see our infographic below where we go into detail to give you the right mindset and things to think about when looking for a WordPress theme to purchase.

Do you have any WordPress theme stories or nightmares to tell? If so we would love to hear them! Please share in the comment section at the very bottom of this post.

WordPress theme infographic

About Steven Watts

Steven is the founder of WP Shrug. He's a WordPress specialist with an interest in building the most effective websites possible. For over 6 years, he's been helping businesses with their online goals.

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  • Candy Kage

    I have actually stopped looking at pages because I couldn’t find the comment or share buttons. Frustrating.

  • Kate Roberts Earl

    Very informative post! I’m looking into getting a paid theme, and those are very good points to consider. I’m pinning this to review when I’m looking for themes!

  • I always tell blogger to look at the category archives too. So many
    people want the gallery format these days, but forget to see if their
    theme has it or not, and for people that don’t code – it’s not easy to
    add in later.

    Great infographic. thanks.

  • Kari Jonard

    When I was looking for a theme, I looked at other’s bloggers pages to see what I liked and disliked. Then chose the one I liked best and customized from there. I’m not sure that the more money a theme is the better quality it is though.

  • YES! This is so important. I’ve loved themes before that just ended up being a bad idea.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    These are great considerations for choosing the best WP theme for a website. Your infographic is fabulous! I just pinned it to Pinterest to share the love.

    • Steven

      Thanks Denay, we appreciate the love!

  • John Hunt

    Great blog post Steven, much appreciated! Sounds like you know what you’re talking about.

    • Steven

      Thanks John! I’m glad you found it useful.

  • Vijay Hole

    Thanks for sharing nice details ! I have one question how to ensure that WordPress theme is SEO friendly .On which factor we can decide the theme is SEO friendly .Can you please tell me my website theme is SEO friendly or not ?

    • Steven

      Hi Vijay, there are many things you can do as pointed out in this infographic, for example you can read up on the theme, validate it’s coding via w3c validator, test it’s page speed via Google page speed, check that it’s responsive by dragging the browser size from right to left to see how it adapts etc. If you revisit the infographic you’ll see more suggestions along these lines.

      • Vijay Hole

        I will check with your suggested tools.can you provide more tools

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