So, you don’t want to spend too much on your website?

You’ve been thinking about having one created using a WordPress Theme, but the trouble is you’ve heard mixed messages about them. Some people say they’re great and they’re more than happy with their new website. Others say their websites have been nothing but trouble and advise you to stay well clear.

So, what do you do? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been creating websites with WordPress for many years now, so are in a good position to give you some sound advice on themes. In this article we’ll give you the low down on WordPress Themes; what they are, the benefits of using one and what could go wrong.

What is a WordPress theme?

A WordPress theme is basically a bundle of files that are all ready to make up a website. These files contain design layouts, stylesheets, code files, images, typography and other website components. If that sounds a bit confusing, then think of a WordPress theme like a brand-new house you’re moving into. All the rooms you need are there – the house just needs decorating, furnishing and personalisation.

Why would you use one?

The main reason people choose a WordPress theme is that it’s much cheaper to use one than having a website custom designed. With a theme, the design work is mostly all done; designing a website from scratch will need the time and effort of a web designer, which of course means money. Having a WordPress theme cuts out most of the design stages of creating a website, which of course reduces your spend.

Are they expensive?

WordPress Themes can be purchased for under £75 and there are thousands to choose from. Keep in mind that you will still need to pay for the services a web design company to help you to ‘decorate, furnish and personalise’ your website. The price charged by them will depend on the type and complexity of website that you are having built. Don’t forget, you’ll also need to provide images, video clips (if needed) and text content for your website, which may mean forking out some additional expenses on top.

Will I be compromised on how my website looks?

Not at all! There are superb, professional looking WordPress themes out there to choose from. Whatever industry you’re in, you’ll find a design that appeals to you that will be effective in showcasing your business online. The majority of people visiting your website won’t be able to tell whether it was custom designed or uses a theme.

So, what could go wrong?

The WordPress theme you want may not provide the level of personalisation you are after, which of course will limit the look and feel of your website. Occasionally a theme may encounter compatibility issues with other software plugins used on your website, resulting in the website not functioning properly. At worse, a WordPress theme could have a security flaw which would make it vulnerable to being hacked.

Who could you turn to for help and advice?

When you use an experienced WordPress web design and development company, they will of course be able to point out any potential issues with individual themes, and help you choose the right one for your website. They’ll more than likely also offer you a warranty once your website has been built and will rectify any issues should they occur. Most web designers now also offer WordPress support service you can subscribe to, where your website is kept monitored and will provide technical assistance should anything go wrong.

Closing thoughts

Using a WordPress theme is a great solution for those who don’t want to spend too much getting a brand-new website. Choosing the services of an experienced WordPress web development company will help you avoid any pitfalls of using a theme and give you peace of mind when your new website launches.