How to choose a template for your blog?
Choosing a template for your website might seem to be a simple mission in the beginning. But when you actually start working on this, you will see that sometimes it is very hard to decide.
Using ready-made templates is one of the best solutions because it saves you a a lot of time and it also saves you from the lack of webdesign knowledge .
So let’s get to work! How do I choose my perfect template for my blog?
As I said in a previews post, don’t waste too much time playing around with templates and use the time to create content on your blog. By playing with templates, it actually means that you are lying to yourself that you are working on your blog but, in reality, you are wasting valuable time.
1st. Choose the template according to your field (what’s your blog about)
Templates usually have a very specific theme. So, at first, look for those template that are according to your field, like cars, cooking, crafting, gaming etc.
Choosing a template that fits your domain will save you customization time.
The answer is definitely YES!
Why should I spend on a premium template and not use a free one?
Premium templates tend to have more back-end customization options, and they usually have great documentation and technical support and they are kept up to date. They are usually responsive as well (which is very important these days).
Free templates are great because they are free and there are a lot of which you can try out and some have pretty good support (but usually they don’t).
The bad thing about free templates is that a lot of them are not updated anymore (because the author is not too pleased to work for free). Even if they are still updated, it might eventually stop. They also go very light on features.
So this is why I would recommend you not to be a cheapskate and buy a premium theme… But not before testing it out! Go through the demo and read the documentation.
There is also a middle option which is called freemium templates and it is something between free templates and premium templates.
Freemium templates are pretty interesting because they share the best from both sides (free and premium). They are free themes from premium theme shops and you receive support and updates.
The catch is that you will have a link in the footer that you cannot get rid of, you might not receive the same level of support as on the premium version of the theme and you might not have access to all the features of the premium version.
Freemium themes give you a taste of premium. And if you use it and you like it, in time you can buy it if you want to (in order to unlock all the features).
3rd. Take into consideration the content you are going to put on the website and its structure.
The structure of the websites is very different according to the content. So, if you are into news, you will need space for blocks of text. If you are going to make a video blog, you will need a good infrastructure to display videos. If you are a consultant you will need a convenient way of displaying the different offers and services starting with the homepage and so on.
You might make some posts at first and then try out templates to see how it goes.
4th. How much time do you have and how much effort are you willing to put in?
Editing a template is a lot easier than starting one from the scratch, even for a blogger with webdesign experience.
There are templates which need different levels of effort put into customization and personalization. You have to decide from the start if you have the skills and the time to work with a complex theme or you just want a template with the minimum amount of trouble.