Choosing a WordPress Theme is fun and exciting, but also can be difficult and confusing, especially if you're new to WordPress and don't fully understand the available options. Here at Cheerful Themes, I want to empower YOU to make informed decisions regarding your website. It may sound corny, but my vision really is to make YOU successful. So, I've written this guide to help you choose the perfect theme the first time, whether it's here at Cheerful Themes or elsewhere.
In its most basic state, a template contains these 3 elements. Some themes may not have a footer, but most do.
Within these 3 areas are lots of options. We'll start at the top and work our way down.
This section generally contains your site navigation and your site logo. These can be arranged in many different ways, and some themes even allow you to change the arrangement within the Customizer. On my site, you'll see I have my navigation split to the right and left of my logo. Some themes will have the navigation above the logo, below the logo, or both. Some themes use a "hamburger" menu to hide the navigation even on desktop screen. Some navigation menus and/or logos are "sticky" - meaning they stay up there as your user scrolls down the page.
You need to decide which style you like best, considering how many different links you plan to have in your site's navigation. If you plan to have a simple site, you may prefer the navigation to be above the logo. If you plan to have a complex site with many different areas, you may prefer to have multiple navigation menus. If you love to change things up frequently, you might prefer to have a theme that allows you to change the navigation locations on a whim.
Your logo is the other consideration within the header section. Most themes display the logo in the center, but some may be to the left. Almost all themes have a particular size requirement for the logo, but it's very easy to resize your logo to fit, so don't be concerned about that. What you should be concerned about is whether the theme will display your logo well. If you have a long, rectangular logo, you don't want a theme that has a square logo area.