It’s time for a new WordPress theme, and I need your help.
Maybe just some pointers will do.
This old theme has served me well for three years. It was free – and worth the price. But I’m taking my blogging a little more seriously now, and want an upgrade.
So I’m asking for your thoughts and advice, both general and specific.
Does it have to be WordPress?
Yes. I know there are other great platforms. But I need to narrow the choices. I’m comfortable with WordPress, and there’s plenty to choose from.
And that’s the problem: There are so many decent WordPress themes, and so many providers, I hardy know where to begin.
Of course, WordPress will accommodate just about any functionality. But are some themes better at what I need?
I need a blog that’s optimized for social.
It should encourage social sharing, following and commenting. My current blog offers this stuff, but it doesn’t really encourage it. For example, it practically hides the fact that you can comment. Fail!
The design should be professional and simple.
It should direct attention to the content, not the design. Navigation should be simple and complete, so that if someone likes a particular post or page, they might be encouraged to find another one.
It should be easy to read. My current theme defaults to an unreadable gray font. Fail!
It should reflect professionalism. A little style wouldn’t hurt, but nothing gratuitous.
It should be good for marketing.
I’d like to promote and offer reports or ebooks, collect information and automate responses. I’d like to have some control over the response format.
It should be technically flawless.
It should load fast. And be solid as a rock. Updates should be painless.
Maybe that means it needs to come from a particular provider. Maybe all of these things are just WordPress features by definition. I’m not sure.
If you have an opinion, you’re an expert in my book.
Now, I don’t care if you’re an ace developer or just someone who just has an opinion or a suggestion based on limited experience or personal preference. If you have any advice or opinions, I’m all ears.
Tell me what you like, what works, or what doesn’t.
And if we collect a lot of good ideas, I’ll package them up in a nice document to share with everyone who’s interested.
So. What do you say?