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Finding a WordPress Theme is probably one of the funnest and yet most difficult things you can do for your blog. Fun, because you get to look at so many options and imagine the possibilities of what your perfect blog would look like. Difficult, because there are so many options you get overwhelmed and eventually become so anxious because you think you might end up picking one that just won’t work.
Which is exactly what I did.
The thing is that most of the time, when you are first starting out you just aren’t really aware as to the reasons why you need a good theme and what you need to look for.
Other times you are flat out scared because you just don’t know anything about website design. But trust me, you will learn, REAL QUICK.
I am no web designer, but I know my way around blog design more than I ever thought I would!
I made some mistakes, but I quickly learned there are many resources out there that can help whether you want to tackle it on your own, like a true DIYer, or have someone else take care of it for you without extreme web design costs (keep reading cause I will mention the best of the best further down).
There are 3 things you want to consider when selecting a theme:
ONE – DESIGN
The first is overall design – what is the ideal look and feel you are going for? Do you want something whimsical and colorful or more sleek and minimal? Perhaps something bold, but feminine?
The first place to start is with your actual content. If you are blogging about Home Decor, a more simple and feminine look might work.
If you are a lifestyle blogger, perhaps a sexy yet bold look is what you want to go for with an emphasis on larger images that will showcase clothes, shoes or your latest handbag purchase.
If your blog is more business oriented, then you may want something a little more “corporate” with a clear menu that will allow people to navigate your site easier and less visual clutter so that visitors can focus more on the content.
TWO – BUDGET
Let’s face it. If we all had the budget to pay a web designer for our websites, we would do it, but most of us don’t at first and that’s okay.
This is the reason why so many pre-made templates are so popular since they allow for wonderful design without the high-end cost. And which is why I also think WordPress is so awesome. There really are many options out there for WordPress users.
But I know what you are thinking…if you want a cost-effective option, why not take up the free WordPress themes available? And while yes, there are many free options out there, they offer very limited support and limited design options. So unless you can dive into code and are totally comfortable with taking the time to learn and going it “solo” then I would suggest to go with a paid theme.
But remember, pre-made themes can vary in cost just like web design services, so it is good to have an idea of what budget you have in mind. You can find themes anywhere from $50 up to $100 that look great, have amazing functionality and provide several design options within in the theme itself.
Paid themes are also great because they show that you take your blog seriously and strive for a professional feel. Brands see this when they consider to work with you for sponsored post opportunities…. a little something extra to keep in mind.
THREE – EASE OF USE
Ease of use is usually directly related to the price of the theme. Some more inexpensive themes come with basic design options meant for simple blogging so making changes won’t be as simple as “click here” to change a page style from default to landing page. While others offer different layouts, page styles, integrations with e-commerce platforms especially if you wish to sell products on your blog. Some themes also offer the option between a static homepage as well as a blog roll page (where your latest posts are shown at the top).
If you plan on offering products or services or even if you are just blogging about different topics, a static homepage might be the best way to go since it will give readers a “map” so they can take the right course of action once they land on your homepage.
So while it is important to think about your own administrative experience with the theme, it is just as important to think of your visitor experience as well.
Okay, so now to what you have been waiting for! Those pretty themes….
7 PLACES FOR THE BEST FEMININE THEMES
This site has many options including blog templates for blogger as low as $15, pre-made themes and custom blog design. One of their nicer blog themes is the Meadow & Larke.
This site offers live demos of their themes so you can see exactly how they work before you purchase.
While you may know this site for fonts, mock-up, stock photography and design elements, you can also find great looking blog themes. One of my faves is Oleander. This theme easily integrates with WooCommerce if you ever wish to open a shop and sell your own products down the line. Please note this theme only works for WordPress.org and not WordPress.com (another thing to keep in mind when purchasing your theme).
This site currently offers 3 themes, HOWEVER, they are one of my favorites especially the Boss Lady theme. Several of its options include a clear subscription box front and center for your latest opt-in. 9 blog templates (including a landing page and opt-in page template! This is huge especially for those who can’t or don’t want to invest in something like LeadPages).
This theme is also e-commerce ready and it comes with many customization options to make it your own. Definitely a winner in my book!
4. Angie Makes
One of the reasons I like Angie Makes is because they have such feminine themes and even offer free versions! Like Mary Kate below for example. You can purchase this theme for $70, but you can download the limited version for free. This is great if you are just wanting to test it out and see if you would like to commit by purchasing the extended theme with all the bells and whistles.
In addition, their themes are SEO optimized, fully responsive (meaning they transfer and adjust well to cell phones and other devices). You also get access to video tutorials and support from the Angie Makes team.
This is probably the mother of all feminine sites. So many to choose from! One of my faves is Olivie. For an additional fee they provide install and set ups for you. You also have access to their support team.
Not only are these themes SEO optimized and mobile friendly, they are also e-commerce ready. You even have the option to buy ALL of their themes at 80% off the total price, so if you have clients you create or manage websites for, this is a good option.
6. Restored 316
When I purchased my first theme, it was from Restored 316. It was the Tickled Pink theme below. I no longer use it for this website, but it works very well for my other blog The Latina Next Door. They have tutorials for each of their themes and coding instructions for customizing them to your taste.
This site also offers installation and customization options by their team. One great benefit to purchasing their themes is that you are able to join their FB group. Here you can ask questions about coding and changing settings in your theme. The response time is great and sometimes others in the group know the answer to your question – it’s actually a very helpful community.
Just a little bit of caution. All of Restored 316 themes are Child Themes that need to be used in conjunction to the Genesis Framework developed by StudioPress which would be an additional expense. If you are not familiar with it, here is how it works, in the words of StudioPress:
A website framework (ours is called Genesis) is a powerful type of WordPress theme — a “supertheme,” if you will. A child theme sits on top of that framework and handles all the design and layout aspects of your website.
In talking about all this, it helps to think of your website as a car.
WordPress acts as the engine of your car.
Genesis (the framework) is the frame and body of the car, and is the basic design, security, and SEO foundation of your website. In handling all the core code, Genesis also helps to “future-proof” your site, so all your customizations won’t disappear when it comes time for your one-click software upgrades.
Lastly, a child theme is the pure design element that rests on top of your framework — the cherry red paint job on that car. Or blue. Or black. Pink. Green. You get the idea, whatever works for you …
There are many benefits to using a Genesis Framework, but that would be a post all by itself. For more information on this you can read up on it here.
Okay I know what you are saying, these are NOT feminine. I get it! But Thrive Themes is so amazingly easy to edit, manage and customize that you can make any theme they have as feminine, minimal, sleek, classy, or whimsical as you want. Which is why I changed to them.
Another perk is that their themes are only $49. Super inexpensive. They come with great video tutorials right in your dashboard, but the best thing yet is the Content Builder plugin they have. Even if you don’t buy their theme, their Content Builder plugin allows you to edit any page on any theme in a Drag & Drop Live Editor. Talk about a lifesaver!
I am currently using the Squared theme for this website, but you would never guess cause I have customized it. Heck, I am still customizing it! Honestly, the hardest part is actually deciding on your final look, especially if you’re as fickle as me.
So there you have them!
THE BEST FEMININE WORDPRESS THEMES FOR YOUR BLOG – CLICK TO TWEET
And as you can see there is a lot to consider when picking a theme and the options out there are endless. My hope is that this post gets you thinking about what you want in a theme and hopefully makes your decision an easier one when you come to finally choosing.
And in order to better prepare you for customizing your page, I got more things in store for you below, cause I’m so nice!
THE DIY OPTION –
You can definitely go it alone and DIY the heck out of your new theme. It is possible and many of people have done it. Probably the BEST resource out there to help you tackle your website on your own is Marianne’s Design Your Own (lovely) Blog. Her blog is filled with great hacks (even some for Landing Pages). She explains coding for beginners so you don’t have to freak out at the mention of HTML and CSS.
She even hosts office hours in her Facebook group where you can ask anything design related. Definitely a GREAT resource.
THE BEST OUTSOURCING SITE –
Then sometimes you just don’t have time to research and tackle all the design elements of a new theme to suit your brand. Or perhaps you have a theme you are okay with, but could use some help in making it better.
The best place to get help is WP Radius. They make as many changes as you need for only $67. Use them for a month, use them for two, or use them forever! They are quick to respond and usually finish the request the same day I request it. They have always been a pleasure to work with and they take care of my site so I don’t have to. They even offer back up services so definitely take that into consideration.
UNLIMITED WORDPRESS CHANGES FOR JUST $67 – CLICK TO TWEET
Using them has enabled me to focus on what really matters like writing blog posts, content creation, managing my Facebook Group, etc. you name it! So if you don’t have the time, definitely give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Well, I hope you found this post useful. If you are currently looking for a theme, take your time and don’t rush the process and consider everything I mentioned above. If you have any questions leave me a comment below or perhaps you can share which one was your favorite.
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