Are you planning to buy a WordPress theme? Then you are doing an investment towards your blogging business or blogging career. But do you know which WordPress theme is best for your website? What are the things you must know before buying a WordPress theme?
In this article, we will guide you to review a WordPress theme properly and find out the best one for your blog.
Although there are many free WordPress themes available in the market, it is always good to use premium themes to enjoy various functions like optimized coding, SEO friendly structure, mobile responsiveness, fast-loading speed etc.
Why Free WordPress Themes Are Not Good For Your Website?
In most cases, free themes have a couple of drawbacks like:
- You may have to provide footer credit to the creator or other websites
- There will be limited features and customization options
- You never know whether the theme is having SEO optimized coding or not
- You may not get regular updates to adopt the new changes
- Security is a big issue these days and in the case of free themes, you can’t be sure whether the theme is having any kind of malware or unnecessary codes injected
So, to avoid such uncertainties it is always better to pay some money to someone who is expert in this domain and enjoy the key benefits. Although you can explore many quality free themes at WordPress.org, but you must not compromise with your online business just for a few bucks.
You can buy a premium theme by paying a nominal fee for one-time only. E.g. Elegant Themes is one of the best theme developers in this industry and you can have their 85+ theme collections at a very cheap price. In fact, each theme will cost you less than $1.
Your 8 Point Checklist Before Buying A WordPress Theme
Here are the key checklists before buying a premium WordPress theme:
One click installation: Installing a WordPress theme must be super easy and in case of premium themes, you should buy a theme loaded with features. And while installing, without doing much it should be installed, although you may have to do some local configuration.
Secured & Optimized Code: The core part of any WordPress theme is their coding. If your theme’s code is highly optimized (html5 & CSS) then your website will be highly secure and will load faster.
Theme Options: Theme options are one of the best things I like in any premium themes. One can do various setup and control every feature of the theme. E.g. you can control ads, remove feature images from posts, enable social share buttons and many more.
Limitation of Usage: In many cases, a premium WordPress theme license comes with the usage on the different website. The very basic license may allow you to use the theme for 1 website only. But as per our knowledge, popular theme manufactures like StudioPress allow users to apply the theme in multiple websites.
Support & Updates: If you think that once you purchase a theme it is done, then you are totally wrong. Your theme developer should update the theme code and architecture from time to time to meet the modern web design needs. That’s why your theme developer must send regular updates to keep the theme as per the latest modern web design norms.
24×7 Premium Technical Support: What if you find a bug in your theme? You must know their customer support team to contact for a quick resolution. In many cases, a newbie finds it difficult to set up a certain feature of a premium theme and for that, you must know where to raise the issue for a quick solution.
Knowledge Base & Tutorials: Check whether your theme provider has an exclusive collection of the various theme set up tutorials, documentation or video guides. E.g. if you buy a Thrive WordPress theme, you can enable many features like email sign up box by just following their knowledge base articles.
Money Back Policy: Although most of the theme developers don’t provide any money back, you can check for the money back policy. After buying the theme, if you find it different or not as you thought, then you can raise a refund request as per the policy.
So, these are the key things one must check while buying a WordPress theme for your website. Mostly the popular theme providers will have all these features so that anyone can install the theme quickly on their website. However, make sure that you are validating all these key points before investing your money for a premium WordPress theme.