This can be physical products, digital products, or services. If you plan to sell anything, you’ll want to choose an ecommerce-ready theme so that your entire site has a consistent look and feel.
If you only want to blog for personal reasons or even if you plan to promote affiliate links and earn money blogging, you can choose either a blogging or an ecommerce template.
It’s very important to focus on attracting your idea type of readers. This is very similar to choosing a niche. You need to narrow down your focus.
If you plan to blog about home organization and simplicity, you’ll likely want to attract readers who value whitespace, clean simple design, and clear images.
If you plan to sell your hand-lettered prints, your idea customer would likely be women who love the farmhouse style and your website should reflect that.
If your focus is on providing information, you’ll want to provide your visitors with easy methods to search and find the content they want to read.
If your focus is on showing off your photography skills or other work, you’ll want to have a portfolio page built in.
Is it important for you to have a front and center call-to-action area? Would you like to have a slider that displays your most recent posts? Do you want a home page that features your portfolio or products? Take a look at my Theme Elements post for some further information.
Don’t focus so much on the fonts, colors, and images of a theme template; that can be adjusted in every theme. Instead, focus on the elements the theme provides, Keep in mind that if you are just starting a blog or business, you may not fully understand some elements, but I’ve provided some helpful articles to help you better understand the purpose of each element.
Look at the overall aesthetic of the theme template. Does it have enough whitespace? Does it offer enough customizable areas? Does the theme provide the functions that are important to you?
Below I’ve created a table of the most common elements of each theme template from Cheerful Themes. My hope is that it will help you see at a glance what features are include with each theme. Of course, this is a simplification of each theme, so I’d highly recommend spending some time in the theme demo to see ALL of the features and functions of the theme.articles
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