In Website Design, we talked about the key elements required to build up a website. If you choose WordPress as your Content Management System (CMS), then the theme selection is one of the first things you need to do as you build up your website.
One of the digital marketing services Anspire Consulting is able to provide is website design and the associated SEO.
In this article, we want to discuss the issue of using free versus paid (or premium) WordPress themes.
If you are just starting out, feel free to use any one of the free WordPress themes to understand the full capabilities and functionalities of WordPress.
However, I would strongly recommend that you opt for a Paid WordPress theme if you are going to be fully committed in building up a website for the long haul, be it a blogging website, a niche affiliate website, a corporate website or a e-commerce website.
There are many changes to your Website required if yoo change your theme along the way.
Everybody likes free things. There are however many reasons why I would recommend going with a paid theme right away:
- A premium WordPress theme usually comes with technical support from the theme developer. You can always seek help if you face any issue with your website design.
- A premium WordPress theme is typically much better developed in terms of functionalities, feature sets and security. They look beautiful as well.
- A paid theme may not be that expensive anyway.
There are many sources of paid themes and below I provide you with some to explore:
I think it pays to spend some time to carefully choose which theme best suits your website requirements. With a good theme, you will not get into the hassle of having to deal with customizations with additional CSS codes or to edit some source codes.
I have personally used some great paid themes from StudioPress and I am going to explore with Divi from Elegant Themes.
As most web traffic is from mobile phones now, do ensure your theme chosen is mobile responsive and that it is optimized for SEO if organic traffic from keywords is important to your business.