Find out what you have to pay attention to in order to choose a good WordPress theme which will serve you for many years and will not disappoint you right after purchase.
1. Number of Sales
If a theme has not been sold many times as compared to other similar themes for a selected period of time, the author of the theme is unlikely to get paid sufficiently for his/her work and is unlikely to contribute sufficient time and pay attention to updating and developing his/her theme. If a theme is not profitable, its author can simply get rid of it and leave you without any updates and support. At the same time, if a theme is a best-seller, the quality of support may also be not the best one out there because the support service may receive hundreds of requests per day in this case. Often, best selling themes are positioned as the “themes for all occasions”. However, such a theme may be heavy and much more difficult to set up because it has too many functions. But if some popular theme really impressed you or even inspired you to create a new project, then do not hesitate to choose it.
2. Theme Rating
Of course, theme rating is relative, especially if a theme is released recently. You cannot judge a theme if there are just three reviews and one of them is negative. If a theme has a lot of reviews with not just one or two but many negative ones, you may think that the author of this theme does not care about his/her customers, has low qualifications, or is just careless and makes mistakes that he/she can easily correct, but that scare the user, slow down the configuration process, and require technical support.
3. Release Date and Frequency of Updates
An average life of a commercial theme is 2 years. After that, a third of all WordPress themes is just removed from sale. Some themes may be available for purchase, but may be updated once per six months. However, updates ensure compliance with the latest standards, security, and new features. Even if a theme sells well, is frequently updated, and has high ratings, but is already more than two years old, the design of such a theme may be outdated. After all, the world is rapidly changing, people’s perceptions are changing, the design is changing. Hundreds of new themes are created every month, the choice is huge, so there is no reason to choose an old-fashioned theme.
4. Responsiveness and Cross-Browser Support
Do not believe the old marketing description saying that a theme is responsive and compatible with all browsers. Check it yourself. And not just by changing the window size of your browser. Have a look at the theme using a smartphone or a tablet. Make sure that the site is really mobile-friendly. Visit the demo site using all the popular browsers, including the Internet Explorer.
5. Loading Speed
6. HTML Validity
7. Response Quality and Speed
Before buying a theme, you can use comments to ask questions that are important to you and see if the author responds quickly enough and how friendly he or she is. You can read comments by other customers and find out how well their issues are solved.
8. The Developer’s Reputation
Do not choose themes made by completely new authors. After publishing his/her first theme, an author gains experience and either realizes that he/she is in this business for a long time or, on the contrary, decides to leave, unable to stand the competition. Find out if the theme’s author has a personal site or blog, if there are any other means of communication apart from the theme marketplace, and if the author is active in social networks.
There are not many 100% GPL WordPress themes with a good design on the market, but if you manage to find one which among other things will be distributed under the 100% GPL license, your purchase will become a good investment as you will be able to use this theme in your other projects in future.
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