Blogs now are sources of income online and aside from content, one’s blog theme should be able to catch the attention of readers. Choosing a blog theme requires careful planning and consideration as it can really affect a blog’s profitability. Tips on how to choose the perfect theme are given below.
Know what you want
Make a list of how you want your blog to look like. Do you want it plain and simple? Would you go for the flashy style? Know your preferences. If it seems impossible to find a theme that you’ve always wanted, be patient. Extend your research phase for a couple of days. So what should you look for in a blog theme? According to experienced bloggers, a functional blog theme should have a good code structure, post titles should not be drowned by the theme itself, page titles should be unique and it should be reader-friendly. Newbie bloggers should also see to it that their chosen blog themes are not that difficult to edit and manage.
The World Wide Web is a huge database of blog themes. Use your research skills and allot some time in searching for possible blog themes that you may like. You don’t have to choose your most favorite blog theme; you can save the links of all themes you like. One can simply narrow down the choices later. There are also articles from expert bloggers that recommend which blog themes to use for your blog niche. Read these recommendations as much as you can, you don’t have to follow their choices though.
Explore and Scrutinize
Once you have chosen your preferred blog theme, do not install it immediately. Investigate a little. Look for blogs that are also using the same blog theme as yours. You can do this by looking at trackbacks and blogger comments about your chosen theme. When you see that some of the bloggers are not using the theme anymore, this may be a negative sign.
You can also email the blog owners and tell them that you are also planning to use the theme for your blog. Ask them what technical glitches they have encountered while using the theme. One can also join forums and look for discussions about the chosen blog theme. If there are no discussions available yet in a certain forum, be the first start a thread. Lastly, one can also visit the developer’s website to check for updates about the chosen theme. Sometimes, developers will post in their sites possible problems and solutions for the themes they have created.
Put it to the test
One’s blog theme should help your blog become search engine friendly. To be able to determine this, simply type in the search engine boxes the URLs of those blogs that are currently using the theme you want. Your chosen blog theme is not search engine friendly if you see the same set of posts or blurbs under each result. There should be variety.
The Installation phase
After all the research and testing, you are now ready to install your chosen theme and make it work in one’s blog. After customization, do a quick Markup validation so you can have a bird’s eye view of your blog in search engine results. Installing and editing blog themes may be relatively difficult for the not-so technologically inclined so the help of professional designers may be sought. If this is not possible, one can simply look for tutorial videos and articles in the Internet.