WordPress Themes

If you work with WordPress you probably know a couple of things –

  1. You need a good theme to build with
  2. There are thousands of themes available

But just because there are thousands available, it doesn't mean they are all great themes. Nor does the fact that it is pretty and full of “Bling” mean you should choose it. Being someone that deals primarily with the technical side of things, my main concern is technical.

  • How well coded is the theme?
  • How well supported is the theme?
  • Does it adhere to WordPress standards?
  • How easy are the upgrades?
  • Does it stay current with modern needs like “mobile ready” or “HTML5″?

I've seen over and over again, designers pick a theme based on the way it looks as the primary concern. I've also seen over and over again, these themes fail at several of the above points.  I HIGHLY recommend starting with the above criteria, then looking at the design options.  Taking this approach will allow you to build on a good foundation that will serve you well as you move forward, it will help you avoid nasty unwanted surprises.

Now, there are many good theme makers that meet the above criteria, but I am a big fan of the Genesis Framework and child themes sold by StudioPress.

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes
Genesis themes are some of the best coded themes out there, they have stellar support and are always kept up to date.  And, as a framework, Genesis themes are incredibly versatile.  No matter what theme you start with, once you know your way around, the customization options are virtually endless.

So I suggest you take a look around, look at the themes they offer and understand that you can change almost any aspect of any of them.  Studio Press are the creators of the Genesis Framework but the are not the only makers of Genesis themes.  If you don't see anything just right at StudioPress, just google “Genesis Themes” . . . you'll pull up a number of developers for these excellent themes.

Good Luck!