Once you have your blog installed you need to choose a theme (the design of your blog) so it’s not the classic default WordPress theme. Your blog will come with a theme and you can download others for free. I’ve found the best themes are not free, but they are well worth the cost.
Favorite WordPress Themes
Here are some of my favorite WordPress Themes from Restored 316 Designs who creates pretty feminine WordPress themes:
Tasteful Theme – This is the WordPress theme I use on my blog. It’s got a lot of options and can be customized to fit your needs while staying feminine and pretty. It’s definitely one of my favorite WordPress themes I’ve ever used and definitely the most feminine WordPress theme I’ve had. I love that my blog is pretty thanks to Restored 316 Designs.
Divine Theme – This WordPress theme is a great one for food bloggers. It’s got a lot of room to showcase gorgeous food photos and recipes. It’s also an e-commerce friendly site which is great if you plan to eventually sell items like cookbooks or meal plans.
Delightful Pro Theme – This theme is so colorful and fun! I spent about 30 minutes trying to decide if I wanted to use this theme or Tasteful because it made me so happy to look at! If you’re aiming for a fun, upbeat blog then this colorful and feminine WordPress theme might be exactly what you are looking for in a theme!
Choosing A WordPress Theme
You want to choose a theme that is aesthetically pleasing to you and your visitors so they will want to come back. If your site is ugly some people won’t come back no matter how good your content is. Making your site easy to browse and pretty will bring users back time and time again.
You have several options with choosing the theme. You can choose one of the many thousand free themes available for WordPress. Just go to WordPress.org to search or check out this list of 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes or this list of 140+ Brilliant Free WordPress Themes.
You can also choose to buy a premium theme that is customized and gives more options and support than free themes. Good options for buying a theme like the ones shown above or Thesis, Headway, Woo Themes, Theme Forest and Studiopress Themes (and more!). These paid options will give you support from the developer and others as well as more options and functions for you to customize your blog’s look on your own. A paid theme can run anywhere from $50 to $150 USD. Paid themes are usually SEO friendly without any extra work or plugins, something you want to look for when choosing a paid theme for your blog.
A final and more pricey option is to have a web designer design a custom theme or look for your blog. This will cost the most and take more time but you will be sure no one else has a blog that looks like yours. If you have the money to invest in a custom theme from a web designer it can be worth it. This is a great option if you are really trying to be unique and stand out in the niche.
For most themes the point is just about creating a nice design. I have used a variety of WordPress themes over the years and ultimately have settled on using ones that look the best while still allowing content and optimization.
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