The sheer amount of free WordPress.org templates is confusing. You can choose a template from almost 3000 proposed options of more or less good quality and here we are faced with a dilemma: how can we separate a small selection of high-quality templates from the rest.
Which are sometimes disastrous in terms of design?
I will show you how to separate the grain from the chaff and tell you what aspects you need to pay attention to when choosing the perfect template for your site.
Why do I prefer a free template to a paid one?
This article talks about free templates, but I cannot deny that paid templates have better encoding and design. But at the same time, there are free templates that outperform some paid options. The fact that the template is paid does not mean that it is already good in itself.
Most often, you can do without a paid template. High-quality free templates can also satisfy all your requirements. In order for your free template to acquire the requirements that you lack, it is not necessary to switch to the pro version - just download the necessary plug-in. If you later decide to change the theme, the plugin will remain with you. In most paid templates, these plugins are already built-in and disappear with the deleted theme.
Below I offer you a selection of high-quality free templates for your site:
The provided templates can easily compete with some premium templates. They have customization options such that you can easily create your new website in just a few minutes.
Of course, this is not a complete list of perfect free templates. You can find many more great templates if you follow further recommendations.
Customizing your template: what should you remember?
Before choosing the desired template, you must decide: will you use the original template or do you want to make your changes?
If you intend to make major changes to a well-chosen template, you risk breaking harmony and turning a good template into garbage. I still recommend making the most of the selected template and make very minor changes, if necessary.
In the future, if you made major changes to the template and did not use the "child" template, any update of your template by the author will lead to unforeseen consequences.
How to create a "child" template or child-theme?
The easiest and easiest way is to find a template that you already like in the finished version. Find the right template and start with the things that really matter: create content and make your site popular.
By the way, there is no such thing as a perfect template. There is always something to criticize. So, do not be too critical, otherwise you will face a nervous breakdown and wasted time.
Search for a free template: highlights.
Follow these rules and this will help you make your choice easier:
You can find free templates outside of WordPress.org and from popular premium template manufacturers. But their use resembles a bit of Russian roulette: they are often poorly encoded and rejected by WordPress for this very reason. In addition, these patterns are notorious for malware content.
Note: this does not mean that any developer of a free template is required to upload it to WordPress.org. But always be skeptical of free templates outside WordPress.org.
Exceptions: free templates from well-known and reputable premium developers.
Typically, such resources have templates checked, come with good encoding and have various functions for customization. For example, one such resource is WooThemes.com. Of course, there are a large number of premium template services that are worth a try.
List of 25 most popular resources from template developers .
Another reason to download a template from WordPress.org is that only here you can get the necessary information about this template. Let's look at the screenshot of the important details that we can find out about the template that interests us.
Last Updated - Use only templates that are constantly updated over the past six months.
Downloads : the more the template is downloaded, it means it is popular and the more likely it is that the template should be (!) Good.
Ratings- Rating: Rating is a rough guide to the quality of the template. Read rating comments carefully, especially 1 and 2 star ratings. This will help you understand why this template has been rated this way. The lack of rating does not mean that the template is bad: it’s just that perhaps they have not yet been used and evaluated.
Support Support : Free templates rarely have good support. Check the resolved-unresolved support records to get an idea of the developer’s readiness to solve pattern problems. Weak support may set you up for rejection of this template.
A good looking template does not mean a good template. Therefore, you must first determine if the template matches your requirements and expectations before using it.
As a rule, when viewing a template, there is always a preview (Previews), but it shows only limited views on the text and configurations.
If there is a link to the Theme Homepage template site, then there, as a rule, we will find the link provided by the author to view the demo version of the template. This will help us look at our future template in more detail and decide on its installation.
Responsive design is now an integral part, as modern users view your pages not only on home computers, but also on various mobile devices. Therefore, a non-responsive design should prompt you to consider whether to use such a template at all.
You can check if the design is adaptive by clicking on the link Am I Responsive : just enter the link for the demo version of the template and see how it will look on different devices.