Blogging is a hugely popular activity these days and if you gain a decent readership, it is possible to make a lot of money from what often begins as a hobby. Most bloggers usually start off using free blogging platforms, but once they grow in popularity, it makes sense to spend a bit more time and effort on blog design. This will ensure your blog looks more attractive, which in turn should help you to attract new readers.
WordPress is the most popular content management platform because it is so easy to use. It comes with lots of free themes, but if you want to create a really well-designed website with lots of great customization, it is a good idea to pay for a theme. So what should you look out for when choosing a WordPress theme for a fashion blog?
Theme Features to Look Out For
There are hundreds of paid WordPress themes available to buy, some more expensive than others. However, before you start browsing through the different themes, think about the types of features you need on your blog. For example, if you are new to WordPress, a theme that contains the Visual Composer ‘drag and drop’ plugin is probably going to be extremely useful. Since not all plugins will include this as standard, it makes sense to look out for simple customization interfaces.
Other features that are worth looking out for include sliders, so you can display your best content up front. For example, if you are writing a post about mint bridesmaid dresses, to attract new readers, it would be helpful to place it front and center on your blog using the slider plugin.
Social plugins are also essential, so readers can share your posts with their friends on social media. And don’t forget about e-commerce compatibility, just in case you decide to start selling products in the future. Customizable headers and sidebars are also useful, as is plenty of space to position ads (in case you want to monetize your blog).
One highly useful feature that you should definitely look out for is the ability to install a demo version of the blog. This will enable you to have a website up and running in a few minutes.
Searching for Suitable Themes
There are several good websites that provide a marketplace for theme developers to advertise their products. Use the search options provided to filter out any unsuitable themes and then spend some time scrolling through the possibilities.
Read the Reviews
Once you have created a shortlist of suitable themes, check out any reviews to see what other people’s experiences were. If they are mostly positive, it could be a good choice, but if there a number of negative reviews, think twice about buying the theme.
After sales customer support is really useful when buying WordPress themes, especially if you are an inexperienced user. Many theme developers provide at least six month’s support to help customers iron out any niggles once they have installed their new theme, so look for a conscientious developer who is happy to offer such a service.