There are thousands of WordPress themes one can choose from when building a website. These themes dictate, to various extents, the overall look and feel of your website.
What do WordPress Themes do?
WordPress themes set all the styling of your WordPress site. What this means is that it changes the overall design and look and feel of your website on the front-end, which is the part any visitors see when they browse your site.
This is done by customizing font options, colours, sections and other visual aspects of your website. Some themes also offer the functionality to build custom layouts for the individual pages of your site.
Good and Bad WordPress Themes
Good and bad themes don’t necessarily mean paid-for and free themes. There are pros and cons to both options. What will be the deciding factor, when choosing between the two, is the functionality of your website.
With paid-for themes, one tends to get more functionality in terms of customization and support. Paid-for themes are usually better designed in terms of typography and spacing than their free counterparts. Cheap alternatives are restricted in their styling and layout options and offer limited functionality. More often than not, these themes aren’t updated regularly, which opens your site and data up to a possible security breach. You can also run into compatibility issues when integrating advanced plugins into a low-quality theme.
One thing to keep in mind is that paid-for themes are not necessarily better quality. Most paid-for themes, from a design perspective, look better than the free themes, but their coding standards are poor. This means problems might arise when using certain plugins, causing your website not to function properly.
There is no right or wrong choice in the end. The decision needs to be made according to what the intention and function of the website is and by weighing the pros and cons of both options.
At Catchatiger, we can work on any of the popular themes and page builders currently available, including Divi, Avada, and ElementorWe have, however, identified a theme that we feel is superior in terms of responsiveness that we prefer to use in-house.
It’s important to note that while we only follow industry-standard best web practices, our sites are by no means restricted to preselected templates and all designs are resolved before the development process begins.