WordPress Themes – Free vs Commercial

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WordPress Themes – Free vs Commercial

wordpress themesWordPress users may install and switch between themes as simply as a click of a button. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure of the site.

Free & Commercial WordPress Themes

There are thousands of design themes to choose from, as well as the options of having a bespoke WordPress Theme designed for your business. If you are new to WordPress the best place to start would be the official WordPress site, here you will find both free and commercial themes to review.

Customising WordPress Themes

With the Free Themes such as the Twentyeleven you can customise the theme to your colours, add your logo,  add ‘widgets’ to show for example adverts in the sidebar, add social media icons, images. The Twentyeleven has been downloaded over 300,000 times, you would most likely find many sites using this theme however unrecognisable,  after customisation by each of the site owners.

WordPress Child Theme

A WordPress child theme is a WordPress theme that inherits its functionality from another WordPress theme, the parent theme. Child themes are often used when you want to customise or tweak an existing WordPress theme without losing the ability to upgrade that theme.

Finding The Right Theme

A simple way to find the right theme for your business  when using the WordPress official site, is to use the Themes Tag Filter to search for themes, you can search by specific theme requirements – :

  1. Colours – You can select your theme by colours, as there are over 2,000 wordpress themes to search through on the WordPress official site selecting by colour will reduce time, and you can consider other features
  2. Columns – You may have an idea of how you would like the layout,  for example 2 column design, with sidebars
  3. Layout  –  A  responsive layout is a Web design approach aimed at designing sites to provide an optimal viewing experience —easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices, from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors
  4. Features – For example you may want to search for a theme which is accessibility ready, or translation ready
  5. Subject –  for example your site maybe related to holidays,  or photography