Starting a blog with WordPress does not only end once you installed your domain name. While it is tempting to write away and publish your first blog post, it is important to choose a WordPress theme or customize the default one before writing your first post.
Leaving you with two options: a free WordPress theme or a premium WordPress theme?
Free WordPress Themes
Those who are new to blogging temporarily opt for free WordPress themes. This is understandable because you might want to see how dedicated you can be in keeping your site active in the long term before investing in premium or paid themes. You can get these free themes from the WordPress theme repository which you can access by logging on to your WordPress account then clicking Appearance –> Themes –> Install Themes. This page will give you the option to search for a WordPress theme according to colors, number of columns, width, subject and features or by keyword.
Premium or Paid WordPress Themes
The other option when it comes to WordPress themes are premium or paid themes. By starting out with a premium theme, like those from StudioPress, Thesis or Headway, you can avoid changing your theme once your site has already started. In addition, premium themes are usually more search engine optimized, secure and have features that are not usually available in free themes.In addition, most premium themes can be installed in multiple sites or offer memberships where members can access numerous WordPress themes (like those offered by Elegant Themes where you can access 76 premium themes for just $69) so you can also use them when you create more blogs in the future.
Whether you choose a free or a premium WordPress theme, consider your blog niche, your personal preference, and your readers in selecting a WordPress theme. Choose easy to read fonts and colors that will not make it hard for your readers to read your text. You can also have your blog theme customized to reflect your “brand” prior to officially launching your blog. Customizations usually includes the blog header, badges or logo and favicon – which can also be extended to your social networking pages like Facebook and Twitter.
Do you already have a blog? What theme are you using, a free WordPress theme or a premium one? Care to share your thoughts in the comments section?
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