If you thought deciding on a name for your blog or website (and making sure it was available) was difficult, wait until you start going through all the WordPress themes that are out there to choose from. Let’s just say that is a job all on its own and can be quite difficult to make the right decision without doing proper research.
My goal is to simplify this process for you. I’ve been through it myself and have picked up some tips and pointers that could save you many hours of research, headaches and frustration.
The first big decision to make is whether you want to use a free or paid theme. Although free may seem like the most practical choice (after all the price is right), I recommend going with a premium theme. Not only are premium themes completely customizable – so your website won’t look exactly like numerous others (possibly even competitors) – but you will also have a lot more options to make your site standout. Better yet, with a lot of these options you can make changes without even using code! Paid themes also give you access to tech support. This might not sound like a huge selling feature, after all you can look everything up online anyway, but trust me, it will save you a lot of aggravation. Especially if you plan to utilize images, videos or graphics.
Another important consideration is responsiveness. Many paid themesare responsive which means your page will conform to your visitor’s screen, no matter what platform they are using. In other words, they won’t have to shrink or scroll when using a mobile phone or tablet. Visitors are more likely to stay on your site if they don’t have to play around with the formatting every time they click on a new tab or link.
Finally, you will need to consider the purpose of your site or blog and come up with the right look and feel for it. Choosing the right theme for this is critical. Is it light and fun, sleek and professional, artistic, photography based?
After hours and hours of researching, I have created a shortlist of 5 best responsive portfolio themes for WordPress. Read through and check out the links below to see which one would best suit your needs.
With Divi, simplicity meets excellence. This theme allows you to create beautiful, intricate designs and layouts without ever touching a line of code. It also comes with 18 pre-made layouts. Use these layouts exactly as they are or customize them to get a completely unique design.
Vertex was built for service providers to showcase their amazing products. This theme is meant for scrolling and allows you to showcase your business through galleries, sliders, testimonials, and team member bios.
Looking to showcase your work? Look no further than Worx. This one page WordPress theme will transform any portfolio into a masterpiece. You can add videos, slideshows, photos and text in minutes and easily group them to enhance client and visitor accessibility.
If you need a photography WordPress Theme, Onesie Pro is the way to go. It is ideal for responsive photography portfolios, landing pages and personal websites. This is because it offers quality, customizability, and e-commerce integration.
This clean, minimal and responsive theme is perfect for any busy professional. Executive allows for easy portfolio management, search engine optimization, as well as testimonial plug-ins to highlight customer feedback and recommendations.