ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What to Look for in a Good WordPress Theme

Updated on May 5, 2015
WordPress has a huge advantage over most other systems in that it has a lot of very good free and paid themes to choose from.
WordPress has a huge advantage over most other systems in that it has a lot of very good free and paid themes to choose from. | Source

WordPress Themes are not made the same. Especially when it comes to looking at free WordPress themes, there are actually a lot out there which are quite bad. To find a good WordPress theme, there are certain things that you need to look for.

Clean with Proper Spacing

You might think that it's an obvious given that improperly spaced or cluttered pages is bad design for a theme but there are a surprising amount of themes, especially free ones, that fail to have a clean theme with proper spacing. This is something that can be easily eyeballed. Look at the theme - How readable is it? Are different elements of the patch distinctive from each other or do they all blur together? In the 21st century, there is no excuse for cluttering a page or theme up with too much stuff.

Colors Under Control

Some themes like to take the typical black / white heavy color schemes and turn them into a rainbow of neon colors. This usually doesn't work nearly as well as you might like. Too many or harsh colors can be painful on the eyes. If you're going to use a theme that emphasizes colors, then make sure it's got a good color scheme that helps the look and not hurts it. If you want to play around with your own custom colors then you can play around on to help get you something that works.

What's popular is usually good when it comes to theme sales
What's popular is usually good when it comes to theme sales | Source

Designed for Your Purposes

Different themes specialize in different kinds of sites. While there are themes with sub layouts and multiple designs to support as many site types as possible, you still need to find out what actually works for you. Are you making a business site that needs a front page that converts traffic into customers or just a personal blog. When it comes to artistic or photography sites, there are many more unique ideas that seem to go over well. Find out what aspects of your site you need to emphasize - content, media, or whatever - and find a good WordPress theme that meets those goals. Some of the better themes may be a bit more customizable so you can get your site closer to the image you have in mind.

Make sure that your theme doesn't leave your site a mess or visitors won't know what to do with it
Make sure that your theme doesn't leave your site a mess or visitors won't know what to do with it | Source

Responsive Themes

These days, it's almost always a bad idea to not make an effort to have your site support mobile devices. Good WordPress themes are usually responsive themes that reshape their layout as the browser width shrinks. This means that when you scale screen sizes down to a tablet or mobile phone that the site will display in such a way where users can still browse from top to bottom ideally with no left and right scrolling. Pleasing your site's mobile traffic audience can only do good things for you so find a theme that looks good on both desktops and mobile.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)