Cracking The Blogging Themes Code! – Which One Will You Choose?
It is important that you are able to crack the blogging themes code and select a theme that does justice to your blogging content. Many beginners suffer overwhelm when selecting their blogging theme. There are thousands of paid and free WordPress themes out there and it is vital that your selection is a good one.
My name is Mark Ford, a prolific blogger and co-founder of Your Blog Content.com. In this article I will provide you with some blogging tips and guide you to select blogging themes that are perfect for you.
Be Selective When Choosing Your Blogging Themes
In excess of 26% of all websites are now WordPress based and every blogging theme caters for a different part of that huge market. Your blogging theme should enhance your site content by making it easily readable, there is nothing worse than text that is difficult to read.
Many blogging themes are overloaded with customization options and this can cause problems, making it difficult to change them or use plugins, avoid these if possible. Other blogging themes that look really good can make access to your site slow and your readers will quickly go elsewhere if they experience slow access, and this will also cause ranking problems with Google. Your blogging theme is your window to the world and the first thing your readers see, so it is very important that it is a good window.
So what can you do to ensure your theme selection is spot-on?
Blogging Themes: Browser Variety Affinity
Your site will be visited by a variety of visitors using many different browsers and your blogging theme may look great on Google Chrome, but it may not look so good in others browsers or on mobile, so it is worth doing some testing if you have the capability and know how, particularly in Firefox, Explorer and Safari and mobile browsers too, the age of mobile browsing is here.
Blogging Themes: (Keep It Super Simple)
WordPress themes often come with animations, loads of colours, complicated layouts and most of the time you don’t need any of it. The layout of your blogging theme should support the objective of your site. It should look good, be simple to navigate and have great usability.
Make sure that your theme presentable and that it is not overly complicated. The purpose of web design is to help users find information they need and to help site owners achieve their goals at the same time, with your theme looking great and bringing in new readers and business on a regular basis.
Blogging Themes: Page Builders
These are WordPress plugins that allow you to use drag and drop to create page layouts. Premium themes have them pre-installed. This can create lots of unwanted code and may cause problems when changing themes. Choose themes that contain popular page builder plugins.
Blogging Themes: Plug-Ins
WordPress plugins are fantastic and give your site so much more capability. Some, I would say, are vital for normal functionality. Ensure your theme supports as many popular plugins as possible and check with the theme developer if necessary.
Blogging Themes: Translation / Multi Linguistic
Many WordPress sites are not set up in the English language and if you wish to create a multi-lingual site it is important that your theme supports the plugins necessary to enable a multi-lingual site.
Blogging Themes: Responsive Theme
Your blogging theme should adjust its layout across a variety of screen sizes and devices or you will be leaving behind as much as 50% of your traffic from mobile devices. Most themes are responsive by default, and always check that yours is mobile friendly. The easiest way to test this is to resize your Web Browser screen and your theme will adjust to the screen width, it is does not it is not mobile friendly.
You can also test this at Googleís Mobile Friendly Test Page. Here is the link: https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
Blogging Themes: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Blogging themes are crucial in SEO capability and good looking sites can sometimes be poorly coded which may affect search engine performance in locating your site. Most theme developers will optimize for SEO and let you know that this is the case.
Blogging Themes: User Rating / Review
Visitor ratings and reviews are a good indication of the quality of a WordPress theme, so check them out when making your selection. With free themes, you will find the ratings section below the download button indicating how many reviews and the average rating using stars.
Blogging Themes: WordPress Support
Free themes do not always offer support and you will have to work your problems out unless you are part of a supportive community and have mentors helping you to build you home business through blogging.
Most blogging themes offer excellent documentation and 12 months email support.
In conclusion, there are many WordPress blogging themes out there are you will need to make the right selection for your particular type of blog.
I will provide further blogs in the future that will provide you a number of helpful articles on blogging, search engine optimisation, search engine marketing and more…
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