I’m sure we already know what a blog theme is, but in case you don’t, there are basically used to design the layout and look of your blog which includes colours, fonts, backgrounds and positioning. However, there are thousands of themes to choose from these days including the free and premium ones.
Blog Themes are equally very affordable if you decide to use the premium ones which is always advisable and they save you a lot of effort and time when you want to create a new layout for your blog. However, a lot of people make mistakes in the process of choosing and using a blog theme and end up with something that was unlike the image they had in mind.
Below are some guidelines to help you avoid those mistakes when choosing your own blog theme.
The first obvious mistake you should be aware of is using a blog theme that is already very popular. If many people use the same blog theme as yours, your blog will not appear unique at all which will at the same time tarnish your credibility as a solid and different website. In other words, you will appear generic just like your next-door neighbours.
The main point of using a blog theme is to save time and effort. You just change the title and appropriate details and you’re done. The biggest mistake one make is to over customize the theme. While that may be good in the sense that you’re creating a unique graphic, you’re defying the very purpose of using a blog theme in the first place — saving time and effort.
However, on the opposite side, if a theme you purchase is suitable but some changes must be made to suit your blog, then you will have to take some time to make the changes. For example, you can find a very nice theme that suits your blog except the original designer has put an image of stamps in the header.
Assuming you’re on the gardening niche, you can find images of garden plants and spades to replace the stamps for your gardening hobby site. However, do only make the necessary changes and don’t redesign the whole theme else, you’ll mess up the whole thing if you’re not a designer.
In some circumstances, some people simply make the wrong choice of themes. This is a very subjective issue but you have to be careful in selecting your blog theme to suit your audience. Do not just choose themes just because they are pretty; choose them because they serve your purpose.
One deadly mistake I see most bloggers make although I don’t blame them because I did the same thing when I started, the thing is that most people go choosing a very complicated theme that they cannot even customize a bit, this is simply because they want something free. I’m not against this actually because not everyone can afford to purchase a premium theme when starting out.
But, the fact that you can’t afford to go the premium route now is never a criteria for you to choose such a theme, the best thing is to use something very simple and that your readers can easily navigate. When you choose a theme that is complicated, it will not only be very difficult for you to customize it, it may also crash your blog or even if you decide to use it as it is, it will slow down your blog loading speed which will of cause scare your readers away.
My candid advice is therefore; that you should always choose simplicity when choosing a theme for your blog, if you can afford some dough, you can always purchase some inexpensive premium themes from places like Theme Forest or Theme Junkie, I bought mine from Theme Junkie after seeing it on my friend’s blog (Matt Wolfe). You can also purchase more wonderful premium themes from Woo themes.
The reason why I like the premium themes is because after buying it and you encounter some difficulties along the way while customizing it, they always have wonderful supports that will help you get back on your fit, Isn’t that awesome? But if you finally decide to go the free route, then Fab Themes might be a good choice, you can as well find more good ones at wordpress themes directory. Just remember, the simpler it is, the better for your audience.
Below are some good posts i wrote before on these topic
Now, what is your own take on this topic? What are the necessary things you considered before choosing your own blog theme? Your comment will be much appreciated. And please remember to tweet and share this with your friends.
Photo Credits: Sean MacEntee and United Themes