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Over the years we have worked with many Wordpress themes, either as a new build from scratch or just updating a current website, and although they look pretty on the outside, they can be far from that on the inside. To a novice the templates offer a quick and cheap way of creating a website, with themes ranging from just $40. However, there are a few things you need to look out for:
  1. Poor HTML standards: Some themes suffer from code bloat and poor HTML standards.
  2. Security issues: A lot of themes use a variety of plugins, which need updating regularly, and if they aren’t then they can be hacked easily. This could take your site down and you will need to pay a developer to get it back up and running. If your site hasn’t been backed up then you could lose it altogether and need to start again.
  3. Lack of support: Some themes may not have very good support, if any at all.
  4. Not compatible with latest version of Wordpress: Due to Wordpress’s open source structure, it is important to update regularly so as to fix any security and performance issues. Some themes may not have been tested on the latest version of  Wordpress and may not work when you update to the latest version.
  5. Slow and clunky: Everyone loves a good feature set, but all the extra code and bloated file structure to accommodate all these features can slow your site down considerably.
All of these issues result in a website that will run slow, have poor SEO and will be susceptible to being hacked...this is not good. However, this is by no means a reflection of all Wordpress themes. There are some good ones out there, but you just need to know what to look out for:
  1. Clean code and HTML structure: Better for SEO and it will run faster
  2. Good support: Look for themes that have a good support system in place
  3. Updated regularly: Any good theme will have been updated regularly to account for security issues and Wordpress updates
  4. Easy to update and manage: Less is more. A good feature set is good but can mean a site that is bloated and difficult to update and manage
Don’t get caught out by using a poor theme. No matter how fancy it looks, it will not perform and you will end up with poor SEO rankings and spending more money trying to fix it or starting again. If you are looking for a Wordpress theme and need some help in choosing a suitable one, then get in touch with us.