Finding a theme is as important as choosing a name for your site. Once you pick a design or presentation for your site, it becomes your identity and you generally don’t change it. Every blogger wants to have a perfect theme for his blog. Here is how I located my perfect theme.
- Find a good theme site. Sites that have a large pool of categorized themes will save you a lot of time. The official theme site does a good job in this respect.
- Know your personal preferences. Limit the pool of themes by deciding the color scheme, number of columns, and sidebar positions for your blog. Some features like widget and plugin support should also be considered. I like themes with clear and decent design, and avoid the themes that obscure the contents. Use filters on the theme site to narrow download your selections.
- Test the themes on your blog. You can preview and test run the themes, but the first impression is often deceptive. You need to test them one by one on your blog. Here is the steps I took to quicken the process:
- Let your browser automatically download the theme files when you click on a download link.
- Use Winrar to extract all the theme files in a batch.
- Use a FTP client to upload the theme folder to your site. C-Panel is just too weak for mass uploading.
Some themes look great, but they may not have the features you want. For example, some themes do not support widgets and this is a big minus.
- Meet the designer. After picking out your favorite themes, visit the site of the designers and see how the theme is maintained. Some designers may no longer maintain the theme, and some don’t bother to answer the questions.
After testing about 50 themes one by one on my blog, I finally picked dkret
and I must say it is just perfect for me. It has the right font size, good widgets and plugin support, and the general design is just elegant! There are other themes that had my attention in my quest for perfect themes: Complicated (by a French, a bit out-dated), CypherFS Bliss, Clasikue, Estila, Soft White, Conestogastreet and fHeaavn.