When someone tells me they want to start building their website with WordPress, the first advice I give them is to invest in a premium theme.
It’s my first advice because if you have $70-90 that you can put towards it, you can save yourself a massive headache!
See, the thing is that WordPress has quite the learning curve and that free themes don’t help with that at all. They’re not coded as good and usually don’t have any support. So you’ll hit a wall for an unnecessary reason, give up on WordPress and move on to a platform that won’t offer you the flexibility WordPress has.
But WordPress doesn’t need to be hard or frustrating! It can be pretty easy actually, as long as you find a premium theme that’s worth.
Because not all premium themes are made equals. Some will be waaay too expensive for what they give you while others are a steal! You just need to know what you’re looking for.
And it won’t just be easier to build your website, you will also end up with a website that is much more unique to you instead of using the same theme everybody is also using on the internet. Honestly, if you’re still using the Sela theme, it’s time to change. Invest in your business a little if you want people to invest in you.
So what do you look for in a good theme?
First, read some reviews about it! You wouldn’t book a hotel room without reading reviews about it, right? Put the same kind of care into a WordPress website. Are other users finding it easy to use? Or do they keep running into the same problems over and over again?
When was the last time that the theme was updated? Does it still have support? (Meaning, if you run into a problem, is someone going to help you?) Is it compatible with the latest version of WordPress?
After you’ve looked at the theme’s info, look at the theme itself. What kind of features does it have? Are they making the website slower? Is it something you need?
Most themes will let you change their style (colors + fonts) so train your eyes not to look for design but for function instead. What can you do with this theme? Do you need a photo gallery, an e-commerce store, an appointment booking extension?
Make sure that the theme you end up picking will let you integrate all the functionality you need. You can always alter the style later.
Finally, if you don’t want to ever have to code, make sure it comes with a front-end builder. This means that you’ll be able to drag and drop modules into the right place without having to pull your hairs out doing it. Without a builder, you’ll have a much harder time getting the look you want!
Themes I recommend
If you’re ready to invest in a quality theme, the first one I would recommend looking at is the Divi theme. I use it with most of my clients because it’s really easy to edit for them in the future. I make sure it looks top notch and they can update it in the future.
It’s very well coded, easy to use and has a large community behind it to help you out if you run into a problem.
You can also customize it pretty easily and it comes with its own builder (so you don’t have to buy any extra plugin).
Divi is $89/year, which also gives you access to a lot of cool plugins too!
The next theme I recommend is the X Theme. It’s another great choice, the only drawback is that their visual builder called Cornerstone is not as intuitive as the one in Divi. This theme is a bit cheaper, though, since you can get it for a one-time price of $65.
The third option is to look at ThemeForest for themes. This is a great option for people who want a website that is good looking out of the box. So if you own a restaurant, a yoga studio or an interior design business, there are tons of themes that are already fit to your needs. Just make sure you look into them properly since you’re taking a “greater” risk. (I just mean that you might end up buying a theme that looks great but it poorly coded, so read the reviews!)
Finally, if you don’t need much functionality but just a pretty blog/static website and are fine without a builder, you should give Creative Market a try! You can find some pretty good looking themes that are easy to install and start using. I recommend buying a theme built on the Genesis Framework, as the framework is well coded and supported. (Hey, I sell some of those! Click here to take a look )
Whichever road you decide to go, I hope you find a theme that you like and that will make your life easier! After all, that’s the goal of going premium 😃