Choosing a WordPress Theme

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Choosing a WordPress Theme

  1. 1. Choosing a WordPress Theme John Tighe john@tgtech.com @JohnTighe
  2. 2. How are your WordPress skills? Pages vs Posts Plugins - Widgets Categories - Tags Post Formats Menus Featured Image Custom Post Types Customizer How to Install Themes and Plugins?
  3. 3. Site Purpose? Blog? Business Website? Landing Page? Brochure? E-Commerce? Mailing List? Site Goals Target Audience Target Devices
  4. 4. What design elements do you need? Colors Fonts Images Logo Favicon Ad’s (IAB Standard Sizes) Site Branding Tone Look and Feel
  5. 5. What Plugin’s do you need? SEO Forms Custom Posts SiteMaps Google Maps Analytics Sliders? Pop up’s (FooBox) Galleries 3rd Party Services - Orbiter
  6. 6. What’s your budget? Theme License Support Plugin’s Customization
  7. 7. Basic’s Reputable Source Reputable Designer - other themes - other plugins - respected company - support responsivness Theme Popularity Regular Updates Reviews Demo Demo Back end? Example Use Cases?
  8. 8. Theme Flexibility Limited - not unless you know CSS /PHP Extensive - more a framework than a theme
  9. 9. http://wordpress.org/themes/ Theme Review Team Theme Guidelines Theme Unit Tests example: http://wordpress.org/themes/responsive
  10. 10. Example - Responsive Theme http://wordpress.org/themes/responsive
  11. 11. Where to Find - Commercial http://wordpress.org/themes/commercial/
  12. 12. Where to find - Market Places ThemeForest.net MojoMarketplace.com CreativeMarket.com
  13. 13. Where to find - Respected ithemes.com studiopress.com elegantthemes.com array.js themefoundry.com web-savvy-marketing.com
  14. 14. Discussion

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