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7 – Which theme?

7 – Which theme?

Choosing the overall look and feel of your new site can be the fun part, but it can also be a bit overwhelming because there are simply so many to choose from. Here are some things to consider:

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Free vs Premium

There are some brilliant free themes available and they will tend to be less sophisticated than paid for themes and therefore easier to get to grips with for the absolute beginner. However, if you do want the bells and whistles and the level of support that premium versions offer your money will be well spent.

For good looks, ease of use and adaptability we recommend using a theme called Zerif Lite. If, for some reason you don’t like the look of this then a great place to find an alternative would be ThemeForest.

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What's hot?

Just because a type of theme is on trend that does not necessarily mean that it is going to work best for your site.

Knowing your business and you audience is paramount and simple structure and flow are more important than just picking a ‘hot’ design.

Clean and simple is often the way to go.

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Fit for purpose

Pick a theme that is fit for the purpose of your site.

Do you want to showcase your portfolio? Pick a theme with a portfolio manager. Are you selling products online? Pick a theme that is eCommerce ready. If you want to set up an online community or membership site, search for themes that do just that. You don’t want to be reinventing the wheel here.

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Responsive

Due to the steep rise in mobile internet usage responsive design is a must (required now by Google). Most themes are responsive or mobile first. Check to be sure.

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Navigation

Have an idea in your mind, or on paper, of how people will navigate your site. Do you need more than one menu? Pick a theme that offers what you need.

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Reviews & ratings

What do other people say? When you go to download a theme, check how many people have downloaded it before you and look at the comments and star rating.

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There are some brilliant free themes available and they will tend to be less sophisticated than paid for themes and therefore easier to get to grips with for the absolute beginner. However, if you do want the bells and whistles and the level of support that premium versions offer your money will be well spent.

As well as ThemeForest, also worth a look are: Template Monster, Themefuse, and Templatic.

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