The longer you’ve been here, in WordPress … the more you’ve learnt … the harder it gets to choose.
Now, that statement goes perhaps only for me, but I think a few others will agree.
There are 378 themes (all links will open in a new tab), and counting, to choose from — 193 of those are free. The other night, when I guided my friend through the sign-up process, I noticed they asked “what will your blog be about?”. I think the reason for that was they’d be able to suggest a fitting theme if you’d answered, say … ‘photography’.
When you have a ‘no-niche-blog’, like I do, but are interested in the look and feel of it, it gets difficult because they can do different things. You’d have to focus on what it really is you want.
For example; some themes support something called ‘featured image header’. This means that if you, in one post, set one of your images to be “featured” … when the reader brings up the post, this image will come up big … like the whole header/banner. My current theme, Toujours, doesn’t do that but oodles of others do … this one, for example. In this post, I’ve put this fine mallard as a ‘featured image’, so he shows up on top.
Nowadays, they’re all, what they call «responsive», which means they’ll look good, regardless of what device you’re using. You can even preview, in your browser, how it will look on the iPad or iPhone or whatever device.
All this said, WordPress has made it easier for us to choose. On the themes page, there’s a blue button FIND A THEME. This will bring up styles, features, colour so you can select what you want, and all the themes, supporting what you want, will be revealed. I just tried it — I selected five features I’d like [featured image header, white, post formats, minimal style and infinite scroll] which left me with 9 themes to choose from. Strangely … my favourite themes didn’t show up in that selection as they should’ve.
The one I’m using right now [Toujours], I think I chose because I liked the name! My other favourites would be, Scrawl, Button and Independent Publisher, in no special order. The Button theme is really cute, and Scrawl is so nice and clean — I love it. There are many more I like, and even more that I loathe.