I had been thinking about switching up my WordPress theme for quite a while.
It isn’t as easy of a task as you may think.
You have to factor in a lot of angles to pick the theme that’s right for you.
And for me, the most crucial aspect is the experience my readers have on the site.
So in this little piece, I’ll share with you what went into my decision and how I picked ‘the winner’: ColorMag!
Perhaps, down the line, it’ll help you select the theme that’s ideal for you.
Having said that, I also want your take on how the site looks.
Your feedback is vital to me, so please leave your opinion in the comments section.
WordPress theme selection: factors I considered
I didn’t want to pick a theme randomly, as some people tend to do.
I had already gone through some articles that stated the importance of getting the best theme for one’s situation.
Here’s are the pieces of advice that I liked the most (and followed):
Think about the bigger picture (the overarching goals of your website)
The context in which your website exists and why you created it in the first place matters the most.
My main objective was to give people a clutter-free, minimalistic source of valuable information.
While the bells and whistles that come with fancy themes, I feel they’re too distracting based on my own experience of surfing the web.
But don’t get me wrong, they’re lovely when it comes to particular niches and people.
Design and photography enthusiasts come to mind when thinking about such themes.
But as a fan of print media, which packs a massive punch but with extreme simplicity, I felt compelled to go with a news/magazine type theme.
Versatility comes in handy
You don’t want to end up with a website that is too difficult to modify.
While I went with a straightforward design, there are several colour and layout options within ColorMag.
You can add your logo and header image, insert a background image, and put in a sticky menu.
In addition, you can take your pick when it comes to a narrow or wide layout.
One more remarkable aspect of the theme is that the layouts can be switched up from page to page.
An outstanding reputation helps decide for you
Some themes have solid ratings and reviews for a reason.
To me, sample size matters.
Say if 20 people out there rate a theme 5/5, that won’t be enough for me to confirm its excellence.
But as the tagline on ColorMag’s page on ThemeGrill reads: 100,000 users can’t be wrong.
Plus, over 1,300 people (more than 96% of raters) gave it a 5/5 rating on the official WordPress website.
So what do you think?
As I said, your feedback is valuable to me.
So let me know what you think of this theme and my thought process behind selecting it.
I look forward to your comments!