A good theme leaves a great first impression on your blog’s visitors. It also makes it easy for readers to read the content, navigate through different pages and posts. If the theme is properly coded, it will help you to improve the search engine rankings!
Also read: Why WordPress is Used for Blogging?
Choose a WordPress Theme Related to Your Niche
This is important and obvious too! The WordPress theme that you select must be related to your industry, business and niche.
If your blog is about personal finance, don’t use a theme that was created for photography blogs. Similarly, if your blog is about gadgets, you would not want to have a real-estate site theme.
Don’t Forget Browser Compatibility
Keep it in mind that people use different Internet browsers. The theme that you choose must be compatible with all or most of the leading browsers.
If it’s not cross browser compatible, it will appear differently on different browsers. When you go to purchase or download a theme, most of them will clearly specify if they are cross browser compatible. If they are not compatible with all browsers, just move on to some other theme.
Try to Keep it Simple
Most of the free WordPress themes are really complex. The features, design, configuration and customization – everything is complex. They may be good looking but may not have great functionality. So it’s recommended to stick to simple themes with simple design and easy to customize.
How to Install your WordPress Theme
Installing a theme in WordPress is pretty simple. You just need to drop the files in right location and activate it from the dashboard. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Upload the Theme
Download the zipped file to your computer and unzip it. Upload the entire folder containing all the files to your WordPress installation and place it under following directory:
2. Activate the Theme
Log on to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to Appearance -> Themes. Here you will be able to see the newly uploaded theme. Click on ‘Activate’.
That’s it. Your new theme is now in action!