Since the day I signed up for a domain, I have been struggling to get the website going because the themes I got (both paid and free) were either too hard to customize or so easy that little customization was available. A WordPress article said to keep writing and worry about the design later, so I have been. But I do want to make it pretty. Fast! So I have been working on it here and there, but hardly any progress, other than that I have ditched paid theme as it was not at all as easy as the company was promoting it to be.
Yesterday I read an article by sitepoint, 10 of the Most Popular Free WordPress Themes. All 10 themes have numbers of positive reviews, which is important to me because a poorly written theme can ruin your website – so I have heard. They also all have demo sites, in which you can really see and feel how the theme works and look.
After much consideration, I picked Spacious by ThemeGrill. It’s simple yet it has modern features such as Slide (pictures rotate on your page as a header). It also fits better to YogiPear’s personality.
I am SO happy with Spacious! It’s been way, WAY simpler to customize my webiste. I got so much more done in the last two days than the first 2 weeks! Now, don’t confuse simple and easy. It is still a do-it-yourselfer unless you hire someone else to do it, so it will take some patience and reading all instructions. Also Free doesn’t mean poor quality. These theme developers actually make some serious web designs for big companies to use. They have these little ones for us starters. If you like the free theme, most of them offer Pro version with low cost and more features.
If you are brand-new to creating your own website and have no idea what you want or what it is all about, yet you want to tackle it yourself, I would highly recommend using one of these popular FREE themes. It totally takes out the frustration out of this complicated thing, and you can just focus on building your contents. After all, that’s the most important feature of your new site! And it’s FREE! If you don’t like it, no hard feeling as you didn’t spend a dime on it. But careful and don’t bounce between themes too much. If you have a ton of customization to the themes and then change theme, it could turn your website upside down (again, so I heard). I changed mine when it hardly had any customization or plug ins, so it didn’t do anything.
Maybe I will eventually get to where I know what I am doing and can use the theme I paid for originally from outside of WordPress. But if this free version is so good and even the Pro version is so affordable, why would I even bother try to waste my time on complicated designing? I think I will just eat the loss at this time and just be grateful for these fabulous free themes.