How to Choose a WordPress Theme - What I Do
It is important to remember that all themes listed are displayed in the default WordPress setting of a home page with a blog roll. It is also important to remember that what you are seeing is what the theme will look like once content is added.
WHAT DEMO AND DETAILS ARE FOR
Keeping in mind what I said at the top of this page, using the Demo and Details features will greatly help you decide on a theme. During my selection process I first click on Demo to get a preview of the home page in the default blog roll setting.
As seen in the above image, it shows a general view of how the home page will look with limited content. This gives me an idea of how the default home page will look as I begin to build out my content. But it's the Details feature that really helps me decide.
When you click on Details it will take you to the WordPress website, as seen in the below image, and give you all of the available details of your selected theme. It is here where you will learn what the theme can do and how well it is rated.
The image above is for the MesoColumn theme I selected for my WA promotional website. This was my third website and I now had a better idea of how all themes though similar had different features.
I selected this theme because it is very versatile and had a high rating. As you can see it list several great features including being responsive, supports WooCommerce plugin, offers many color options, as well as different fonts.
Have you ever had a theme where you didn't like the font type? Seeing how the type of font is controlled by the theme many people opt for a font plugin. But with MesoColumn you don't have to because you have plenty of font types to choose from.
I feel that it is very important to not just look at what the theme looks like on the selection screen, but to also read the Details page to see the creation options available. Don't just go just by ratings because the majority of new themes will not have many if at all.
NEXT UP = How with some simple customizations I changed the look of my theme