I am doing a bit of research here so curious to know what were your top reasons for choosing the WP theme you use? Thanks for your help.

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accad Premium
For me, it should be
Customizable
Safe-it will retain details or codes you have put in it
Fast and efficient-it should be Desktop and Mobile friendly.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Jimmy.

Those are all very valid criteria.

~Mark :)
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accad Premium
You are welcome Mark.
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JulietAA Premium
I liked its blog roll and the layout of my home page.
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MarkBa Premium
Liking it is important otherwise you won't want to work on it. Good point Juliet. Thanks.

~Mark :)
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Paul1916 Premium
A theme that allows a page builder capability and editing functions for headers / footers / widgets etc.
Everything else can be done with a page builder to make attractive articles
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Paul. Appreciate your input here.

~Mark :)
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MPH6 Premium
Hi Mark,

As I was new to everything I just looked through and picked a theme I liked the look of.
Luckily it turned out to be a good one. It's mobile friendly, simple to use and easy to navigate.
I will look at other themes when I start a new website, probably in a few months from now.
I also have an idea for a e-store so will have to do a bit of research on the best themes for that.

Take care,

Michael.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Michael.

Appreciate your response. Great that you were able to find a theme that worked out well.

I think sometimes people take too long choosing a theme because there are so many to choose from. Choosing one that you like the look of to get started is good advice as you can always change it later.

~Mark :)
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GuyfromNB Premium
My top reasons:

- It has to be mobile friendly
- Easy to customize
- Looking clean and simple with a nice blog roll layout
- Maybe a sticky header (that you still see even when you scroll down)
- A back to top button
- Possibility to add a logo and favicon
- Big enough font
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Guy, I especially like the back to the top button idea. I often look for that on sites I visit.

~Mark :)
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GuyfromNB Premium
Yes. On my site, I don't have a sticky header, but I do have a back to top button.
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Symanica Premium
I chose mine because Kyle showed it in one of his trainings. I figured if it is good enough for him, it should work for me. I also like that it is clean and simple looking - and that it has a blog roll and sidebar
~Shell
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Shelley. That's a great way to choose a theme too. Like you say if Kyle uses it then it should be a good place to start until you've got all the basics covered.

~Mark :)
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newmarketpro Premium
1. Simple and light
2. Responsive and mobile friendly
3. Effective

:)
How about you Mark?
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Joe. Your reasons pretty much sum up mine too.

I am a bit of a minimalist so I like clean and effective themes that are responsive and easy to work with.

~Mark
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davehayes Premium
Clean responsive, easy on the eye, flexible were the main considerations. As you build it out, it evolves and so you might find a different theme is better, but that was my initial thinking

The smartline one on my profile atatched to http://dave-hayes.com kept catching my eye, so I installed it and have had tons of comments about it since using it
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Dave. I had a look at your site and it is as you say clean and easy on the eye. Appreciate your contribution here.

~Mark :)
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JHaugland Premium
Over the years I think I have tried out 100+ themes, both free and professional.

I ended up with the theme (that I now am converting all my websites into using) for the following reasons:

- Total control over every element of the design via admin/builder
- Excellent responsive behavior, including how navigation appears
- Ability to set CSS properties to single layout elements when building pages/posts without changing the main CSS (for instance various appearances of H1 for different pages/posts)
- Ability to change layout/images and build separate designs for various mobile devices by building 2-3 versions of the same page/posts
- A proven track record for the theme author. They have been in business for a long time.
- Excellent support, both direct if needed or via support forum
- Theme updates regularly to comply with WP requirements
- Constant improvements and new functionality for the theme provided by the authors
- Ability, within the price of the theme. to install on unlimited sites, including sites for clients.

There are more reasons, but one main reason is that when you use an advanced theme you need to learn how to use it. And it's better to learn one well than to have to relate to many different advanced themes.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks for your very thorough response Jorn. It certainly sounds like you have found your ideal theme. Being able to get your theme to give you exactly what you want is the key and like you say doing that involves learning. Do you mind me asking the name of the theme?

~Mark :)
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JHaugland Premium
It's Divi from Elegant Themes.
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MarkBa Premium
Ah thanks Jorn. I am using Divi, the Extra version. I agree with your reasons.
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JHaugland Premium
Extra is better for blogging (post heavy sites) and pure Divi is better for page heavy sites.Pure Divi lacks proper category handling among other things.
And there are modules in Extra that I would love to see in Divi and vice versa.
However, with some tweaks and adjustments, I am still using pure Divi for post heavy sites.
I hope for a full merger between Divi and Extra at some point.
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MarkBa Premium
That would make a lot of sense. The best of both themes would give people the option to choose what they want to use.
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MojalefaR Premium
Pardon my ignorance, Mark. What is a WP?
Mojalefa.
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ChrisTowers Premium
My friend ..WP means WordPress... it is the platform used to build your website on ...

When you first get started... you choose a theme (layout) for your site.. this is what Mark is referring to here.

Does that help?

Chris
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MarkBa Premium
Chris has it covered beautifully :) Also a good reminder to me not assume that everybody knows what I or others know like industry abbreviations. :)

~Mark :)
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MojalefaR Premium
Absolutely! Thanks Chris. I should have deciphered that.

Forever Grateful
Mojalefa.
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ChrisTowers Premium
Your welcome .. any time :)
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TRPEng Premium
I real like my free Twenty - Fifteen themes. Simple, easy to use.Easy navigation for viewers. .
Trevor
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Trevor. I have to admit I have always like those for their simplicity. Good point.

~Mark :)
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TaniaHersel Premium
Keep it simple. Mine is a free Word Press one, from the Wealthy Affiliate site. I need to keep it easy, whilst learning all this new stuff.
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MarkBa Premium
Agree, agree, agree Tania. Nothing worse than battling with a complex theme. I've made that mistake before.

~Mark :)
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Cori9 Premium
Lol...I started off with a free one from the starter membership , so not much choice. Now that I have a premium membership, I think it's time to change it to something I actually like.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Cori. I think it's a bit of journey when it comes to themes, learning what we like and what's important for us along the way.

~Mark :)
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mlevendusky Premium
The first theme I picked I had problems with, so I went with the second one. It seems to fit with my niche and I feel is pleasant to look at. I also had a couple people tell me they liked what they saw when they went into it.
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MarkBa Premium
Getting feedback like that is very useful since it's your readers that ultimately have to relate Marylou. :)

~Mark :)
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buffetearns Premium
Simple and clear and easy to navigate. My second site may be different though!

Thanks Mark

Wayne
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MarkBa Premium
Those reasons sound like they would do well for any site Wayne. :)

~Mark :)
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jeffsandy Premium
I started with the free Twenty Sixteen theme which was ok but limited in flexibility & frustrating with some formatting. I recently subscribed to the premium ‘Elegant Themes - Extra’. The reason for the change was mainly functionality & flexibility. Great support & templates with Elegant Themes also. I won’t need another theme, ever...
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MarkBa Premium
Hi Jeff, That's great.Thanks for your input. I use Extra myself. Once you get used to working with the Divi way of doing things it is a great theme to use. I am having a few challenges with subtitles not automatically scaling down in font size as they are meant to. Any issues there for you?

~Mark :)
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jeffsandy Premium
Hi Mark

No lasting issues to date but took a while to learn the basics. I’ve found their support very good so far & suggest you log a help request through their help process. I had an issue with my logo size but they provided a fix within a day.
I don’t think I’ll ever need another theme. I’ve only scratched the surface with Extra...
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MarkBa Premium
Yeah their support is fantastic and like you say there is so much to learn and use if you want it. I am sticking with keeping it simple for now and as I grow and want to customize some more, I know the options are there.
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Melissa901 Premium
Well for my first site it was a couple of things. I had problems with other themes not offering a read more button, I also wanted a header that some did not offer, I can't remember all of them but these are a few of the reason I choose that one. On my second site I am not sure I am done picking this one yet. It is best for now.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Melissa. Sometimes it takes using a theme for a bit before you know that it can't give you what you want. I found in the past, it was easier to just change themes rather than get into technical coding.

~Mark :)
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Melissa901 Premium
Yea I learned that one with the first one it was way easier thank learning something else.
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Curtizmo Premium
I usually just go by how the site looks and if anything about it sets it apart from many the same WP themes that get used over and over.
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MarkBa Premium
That's a good point Curtis. You definitely do want something to stand out from the pack. Thanks for adding your comment here.

~Mark :)
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Curtizmo Premium
I’m not sure what the theme is but I do see a lot of one particular theme used in WA a lot.
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MarkBa Premium
It's possibly a theme Kyle uses in the training that everybody decides to use too. :)
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Steven-A Premium
1. overall look and easy of navigation for users
2. ability to support site growth and devslopment
3. customization to meet my design ideas
4. loads quickly on all platforms
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TedP Premium
Which theme have you found works best with the four parameters you listed?
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Steven-A Premium
I'm using Hiero for my WA site and Elementor for page formatting but I'll use a different theme for my next site.
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MarkBa Premium
Good points Steven. The last is especially important. Not even all the premium themes comply with that.

~Mark :)
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TedP Premium
Thank you for letting me know...just trying to learn
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Steven-A Premium
Glad to do it, Ted.
Steve
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skmorrow Premium
I chose a Genesis theme because I like how it looks and I love the support they provide. Support was key for me as a newbie.
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Steve. Great to get your input. I think Genesis must be one of the most widely used online. I stayed away from it initially because it sounded like it was not that newbie friendly but it sounds like with the support you mention, anything is possible. :)

~Mark :)
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BrianCh Premium
In my search for a good-looking site I found OceanWP and it is integrated with Elementor. I liked the front-end builder feature. It enable me to position elements how and where I would like them to be. It also has great flexibility.

Granted I didn't know very many alternatives beforehand but when I saw this I had to have it.

Brian :)
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Brian. I've seen that Elementor name come a few times. I have not heard of it myself. Great that you found something that works best for you.

~Mark :)
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MSnargrass Premium
I only have used one and I chose it because it’s simple, easy to navigate, and looks official.
All the best,
Marcus
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MarkBa Premium
Those sound like very sound reasons Marcus, and everything is working fine for you, there is no reason to change either.

~Mark :)
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KimiNicole Premium
1. I myself enjoy shopping for it
2. I am excited to talk about it
3. It's not complicated/speaks for itself
4. Relatable customers
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Kimberly. I'm all for themes that are not too complicated, otherwise one ends up spending far too much time trying to get things to work.

~Mark :)
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Belden22 Premium
1. Clean look
2. Good options of photos in header, etc.
3. Good customization options
4. Professional look

How's that for a start?

Rick
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MarkBa Premium
Thanks Rick. That's awesome. Those are all important.

~Mark :)
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