Writing a blog is not the only thing that should be taken seriously. It needs lot of hard work, some money and some luck also. Some people can write better but may have less popularity and some may have great popularity. We can do anything with our “Will” and “Skill” except the “Luck” factor.
Good writing is a key factor of blogging but better presentation makes it popular. So Presentation is also important and when we talk about presentation the first thing comes is Blog design or the theme.
Essential integrals of a WordPress Look
A theme should have user-friendly design and proper navigation. An elegant design may invite user to stay on your blog. However, Themes should have a nice background and corresponding font style and colors. If you choose a theme with dark background than you must choose a light font colour. Their should be links to your feeds and social networks. A sitemap may be essential in most cases. Most people keeps a sidebar and footer section. These area plays an important role in site engagement and you may add some social widgets like Twitter or Facebook. If you have planned for a single author blog you may place a widget mentioning some basic information about you. How ever this widget may be placed on footer area. If you have a group blog it would be better to have a “About us” page. You may also add some poll widget or links to RSS subscription form. You should avoid POP windows to display any kind of ads, Users don’t like such kind of ads.
Make your blog powerful internally
Besides look and navigation your blog’s theme should have a lot of internal features too. The most important part is SEO. Better SEO makes good balance of all the things. Your blog should be better coded to improve the site performance. An extra bit of codes can reduce your site performance significantly. Your theme should have breadcrumbs, meta description about the blogs. The theme should have ability to show canonical urls and much more. If we will talk about SEO. We can share hundreds of post and hundreds of thousands posts available around the web.
Themes Frameworks are solution or not!
If we talk about WordPress theme framework their are a dozen of good frameworks. These frameworks are very good and can provide durability to your blog. A few are free and most are paid, if we talk about WP theme frameworks. These themes can provide better seo, security and features. You can customize it in many ways. You may choose a good framework I have listed some here.
But these frameworks have some restrictions also like most of them are not free and you may have to pay $100 or $200 for your sites. These are developed to fulfill the requirement of the whole market. So these may have extra codes and feature that may be unnecessary for you.
So should I choose a theme, not a framework! Well, The answer is no for most of us. If you are unaware about the architect of WordPress. I will suggest you to choose a framework. Since you will not be able to make some necessary changes that you wanted in your blog. It will be also a good idea to choose a current themes. Their are thousands of theme available on wordpress.org, if you have clear idea about your expectation from theme.
What should be avoided
Well I would like to suggest you to check browser compatibility of the theme. About 50% of people are still using IE6 which is now not supported by Microsoft. If your theme fails to keep its look you may fail to get huge traffic. You should also avoid changing the themes of your blog frequently. This may distract your regular visitors.
Some great themes and theme makers are…
So, Its depends on your choice. Frameworks keeps you away from the security headaches and saves a lot of time but free themes saves your money and improve your codes and designing skill.