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This is a Quick Guide which may help you when choosing a WordPress Theme for your Business Website.
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- Situations where you may need to select a theme for your Business Website
- Selecing a WordPress theme based on your business type
- Things to consider when selecting a theme for your Business Website
- Some example WordPress theme websites

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  • Quick Guide www.patwalsh.co.uk email@patwalsh.co.ukQUICK GUIDE TO:SELECTING A WORDPRESS THEME FOR YOURBUSINESS WEBSITEContentsIntroduction ....................................................................................................................1Situations where you may need to select a WordPress Theme for your business website........................2Selecting a WordPress theme based on your business type ............................................................2WordPress theme examples based on your business type ..............................................................2Things to consider when selecting a WordPress theme for your business website.................................3Some WordPress Theme Websites ..........................................................................................3Freelance IT & Testing Specialist ...........................................................................................4IntroductionSelecting a WordPress theme for your business website can be a tricky business itself, so this Quick Guideis a little bit of help in the right direction. There are many themes to choose from and many differenttypes of website requirements, so this is not an exhaustive guide, more of a suggested approach you couldtry.© Pat Walsh 2013 IT & Testing Specialist Pat Walsh IT Services
  • Quick Guide www.patwalsh.co.uk email@patwalsh.co.ukSituations where you may need to select a WordPress Theme foryour business website  Creating a new WordPress website  Relaunching your WordPress website with a different themeSelecting a WordPress theme based on your business typeThere are many approaches to selecting a theme and there are also many different themes to choose from.Perhaps the best way to approach things is to base your selection on your business type.Here are some examples business types:  A design-led business, such as an artist or a jewellery designer, may want to showcase their designs and so require a very visual approach, showing design images and accompanying blog posts.  A service-led business, such as accountant, freelance journalist, freelance copywriter, freelance IT specialist (such as myself) may require a mix of mainly textual elements to describe the services offered, with also some visual elements to keep things looking interesting.WordPress theme examples based on your business typeThere are many WordPress themes available, some free, some paid and this is just a small set of examples togive you an idea of whats available.For a visual approach, such as that required by a design-led business - PinboardThe Pinboard theme is a free theme - at least at time of writing this - and looks an excellent way ofshowcasing visual images and also accompanying them with a small textual description. The demo site showsit in action and it looks very impressive.For a mix of text and visual elements, such as that required by a service-led business - AvadaThe Avada theme is a paid theme - currently $45 - and is a very flexible theme, described as a multi-purposetheme. Id agree with this description, as my own website uses the Avada theme and it allows you to use avariety of layout approaches across different sections of your site, along with some nifty built-in functionality.The demo site shows the Avada theme in action.© Pat Walsh 2013 IT & Testing Specialist Pat Walsh IT Services
  • Quick Guide www.patwalsh.co.uk email@patwalsh.co.ukThings to consider when selecting a WordPress theme for yourbusiness website  Is the theme free or paid for? Note that some paid themes require a one-off payment and some require a subscription.  Sometimes different versions of a theme will be available on WordPress.org, WordPress.com and the developers own site, so some research may be required into what versions are available and where  Is there a demo site, live preview or list of sites already using the theme? One or all of these allow you to see the theme in action.  Is there any support available? Is there any documentation available?  Check theme reviews, feedback, comments etc.  Google the theme name and see what comes up.  Is it a Responsive theme? This means that it will work on mobile devices without any extra work.  Does the theme feature Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) characteristics?  Is the theme optimised for Social Media? Does it allow easy sharing of content? Does it allow easy linking to your Social Media accounts?Some WordPress Theme Websites  WordPress.org Themes Directory  ThemeForest  WooThemes  StudioPress - Choose A Theme Tool  ElegantThemes© Pat Walsh 2013 IT & Testing Specialist Pat Walsh IT Services
  • Quick Guide www.patwalsh.co.uk email@patwalsh.co.ukFreelance IT & Testing SpecialistI’m based in the London area and can work with you on projects ofall sizes, onsite and online.I specialise in App Testing, Website Testing, WordPress website WordPress Websitescreation and customisation. WordPress Website All In OneMy website provides full details of the range of services I provide Packageand can be found at www.patwalsh.co.uk This package includes the essentialContact me at email@patwalsh.co.uk or give me a bell at 0786 Website elements, for the All In835 1399 to get in touch and discuss your requirements. One price of £499. Including an initial Kickoff Meeting,Details of Recent Projects I have worked on and Client Testimonials Theme Selection advice, built incan be found at www.patwalsh.co.uk/about SEO, Web Usability, Social Media sharing, Training, accompanyingOr connect on Twitter @PatWalshLondon Documentation plus, of course, your completed website. Full Details At: WebAllIn1London.patwalsh.co.uk Website Review & Report This service focusses on your existing website content. I review your website for SEO efficiency, App Testing Website Testing Web Usability, Social Media and other important areas, then provide Releasing an App? New Website or Web App? professional feedback in the form of a comprehensive report on your I provide a full range of iOS I provide a full set of Website website, plus an Action Plan for App and Android App Testing Testing Services on all major improving your site. Currently Services. I have tested within platforms – Windows, Mac OSX, priced at £149. a wide range of sectors, Linux – and browsers – Chrome, ranging from Retail Apps to IE, Firefox, Safari. Full Details At: Streaming Movies. WebReviewLondon.patwalsh.co.uk © Pat Walsh 2013 IT & Testing Specialist Pat Walsh IT Services