How to choose your Theme

This to remember when looking for a Theme.

  • Simplicity + Looking right for you and your brand
  • Organization + ease of use
  • Responsiveness – Mobile ready
  • Browser compatibility
  • Supported plugins. Especially WooCommerce as we will be using this.
  • Social Media Ready
  • Translation + Multilingual
  • Page Builder – theme or framework
    • Page Builders
      • Can work without being in a particular framework themes
    • Standalone Themes
      • A standalone theme is built to work off of the core WordPress technology.
      • The settings are typically quite plentiful, but many people can download a theme, meaning it isn’t completely unique.
      • You can make changes with many of the options, but some items are hard-coded, so you are stuck with what the designer implemented.
      • Support and communities are always helpful for regular themes.
    • Framework Themes
      • Frameworks work off parent themes to control child themes. (So you have to technically install two themes.)
      • You typically don’t need to know much coding language since the frameworks are built for you to make advanced modifications with just a few clicks. Many of them have frontend drag-and-drop editors (page builders) built in.
      • Support and communities are always helpful for frameworks.
      • Some of the more popular theme frameworks includes Genesis, Thesis, WooFramework (Canvas), and Gantry.
  • Support options
  • SEO Friendly
  • Ratings + Reviews
  • Cost – this may be a factor for you after the course. There are plenty of themes out there that do not cost at all. It just depends on your requirements. Frameworks tend to cost though.

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