What to consider when picking a theme.
Once you have a domain name, a hosting plan, and a CMS installed, its time to consider how you want your site to look. Thankfully I have over 150 pre-built themes, or templates which can be modified to suit your site. You can view these here. These should only be used as a starting guide, and you should choose a theme based on the layout and colours that appeal to you, not the sample content.
Around 55% of global internet traffic is on viewed mobile devices. That means over half of your users will be accessing your website using a mobile phone or tablet. Your theme should be “responsive” – which means it will automatically adjust itself to the user’s screen size. All the sites I build are 100% responsive, meaning your site will look equally good on mobile phones, tablets, and desktop devices.
While there are thousands of fonts to choose from, it’s important to pick one that is easy to read. While you may have a personal preference for elegant flowing fonts, they don’t appeal to everyone, and your site must display text in a clear, clean way. Try to avoid fonts you have to look twice at to understand – keep it simple, and easy to read.
Its important to pick a colour palette, and stick with it throughout your theme. Sites with glaring, contrasting colours can be a distraction to visitors, and you may find that people just scroll on by, based solely on your colour scheme.
Have a think about what features you want your site to have. I can include all the below options, plus more. But beware of overloading your site with too much flashy content – remember above all to keep things functional.