When setting up a WordPress website you will need a theme to work with. This provides the template and the software to create your website (think of it like the Word Document that you write your letters on).
There are thousands of themes to choose from, some are free, some have a one off license fee and others have an annual fee. The basic (free) ones will have restrictions to them such as not being able to remove the ‘powered by WordPress’ at the bottom or not being able to customise it beyond colours and images. When choosing a website theme for your business I would always recommend a paid for one, my preference being one with a one-off license fee. You can expect the fee to cost roughly $60 + VAT.
Let’s start at the beginning
Unless someone has recommended a theme to you and sent a link to the site you can buy it from you will need to search one of the main sites for WordPress themes. These are:
When searching for WordPress themes it’s advisable to use filters to narrow your search otherwise the choice is overwhelming and it’s important to remember that you only need 1 theme. Here are some questions to narrow down your search:
Do you want to use a demo (where the site layout is preset and you drop your content in)
Would you prefer to customise the layout yourself?
What do you want the website to do? (is it information only? Direct sales? etc)
What’s the feedback from theme users and how have developers responded to it?
Once you’ve chosen your template you will be taken to the checkout where you can download your files as a zip file. Do this and save it to your desktop.
*If you really can’t decide which theme to go with the 2 most popular themes are Avada and Divi. Personally I prefer Avada and build all my WordPress websites using it.