One of the basic building block of a Blog is it’s theme. Theme represent your work and how professionally you are blogging. Most of new blogs, don’t pay much attention to theme and use tons of widgets, use a theme which can accomodate more ads or keep changing their Blog theme at regular interval. This is one of the biggest mistake which you can make in your Blogging career. Selecting a Blog theme is not an easy task and finding one perfect theme is endless task. Here at ShoutMeLoud, we are using Thesis theme from last 2 years and this is no doubt one of the perfect SEO optimized theme, but again default look of theme is quote boring and many users who are not good with CSS and PHP and don’t have money to hire some one, such theme is not perfect choice. But if you are good at it or have budget to customize your theme, you should check out Thesis theme review by Harsh.
Now, for the Bloggers, who are not really great with customization and need to choose a Blog theme, here are few things which I’m pointing out which will help you to determine the best theme for your Blog. There are many premium WordPress theme club out there, which will help you to download pre-designed themes for cheaper price and it will give your blog a professional look. For example, have a look at Elegant theme or wootheme collections, and you will be amazed to see beautiful theme for as low as 20-30$.
Unless your content is absolutely killer and often even then, the theme of your blog will play a crucial role in converting every chance visitor into a reader. Choosing a blog theme can be really confusing when facing so many choices! Here are some tips to make choosing a blog theme easier.
How to choose a blog theme
Professional or Personal
Is your blog personal or professional? You must first decide this, cause only then can you choose an appropriate theme. For a personal theme you can go for brightly colored, funky and snazzy ones but for a professional one its better to go for an office looking theme with more gray, maroon, dark blue, dark green type of combinations on a white background.
Light Background or Dark Background?
Go for a light background color with dark text, cause it is easier on the readers eyes. Darker backgrounds are good only for photo or design blogs with less writing, where the images come across well due to the background.
Does your content have a theme? If so you can add a customized touch to your blog theme or choose a blog theme accordingly. For example: If you blog is only about fish, then you can choose a fish blog theme with an underwater image for header or animated fish widget on the sidebar.
Simple, minimalist or Filled up, content rich?
This is your choice but always better to be clear about what you want before you come across a huge array of different themes for your blog. Do you want a simple theme with just the post and one or two widgets on the sidebar, or do you want a 3 or 4 columned blog with content filling every corner of it?
Have a vague idea of a preferred color scheme. More sober greys, dark blue and maroon type colors or do you prefer bright greens, yellows and reds. However this should not affect which theme you choose. Almost all themes can easily be tweaked to change the color combination to one of your choice.
What tips do you keep in mind while selecting a blog theme?