How to Choose a WordPress Theme - What I Do
After my first two websites, when starting the website using the MesoColumn theme, I decided to use one of my 25 free Site Rubix websites and create a test website. I created a couple of pages and a few posts with a paragraph of content and a couple of images each.
I then install the themes of the websites I have and activate the one I wish to try customizations with, whether it be colors, fonts, or plugins, before altering my live website. The last thing I want to do is screw up my live website because of a change.
I am showing the MesoColumn theme again, in the above image, as it appears in the WordPress theme selection page so you can see its default colors, font and formatting. Because of the many customizations it has, I transformed it into what you see below.
I know that the colors blue and green are more calming and inviting than the colors red and orange. Seeing how MesoColumn uses these non-calming colors by default I wanted to change the look to give a better user experience.
Not long ago I had a background image of a blue sky with white clouds. But when optimizing my website for faster speeds I had to get rid of it and use a plain light blue background. That change increased my home page speed score from 89 to 97.
Though both of those numbers are great, within the green light indicators, I still opted for the change to help increase the pages and post scores that fell into the lower yellow and sometimes red light indicator ranges.
When knowing how to choose a WordPress theme for your website, remember that a simple theme is sometimes the best option, especially if it offers many customization options like MesoColumn.
Always look not just at the selection screen and what the theme will look like once content is added. Always check out the Demo and Details screens. When you find a theme you like but have not made a decision on yet, save it to your Favorites List to decide later.
If you have a website already and are looking to start a new one or customize the one you have, create a test website using one of your free Site Rubix websites and test your changes there. To learn more about using a test website, see my training at the below link.
To learn about ways to make your website pages and posts more visually appealing, click the link to my training below. In that training I offer visual examples and links to a couple of custom text, graphs and chart resources.
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