Every so often here on WPblogger we’ll review a WordPress theme, walking you through the ins and outs as well as listing the pros and cons of each.
While reviews are, by their very nature, subjective, we’ve selected 4 core categories on which to score each theme.
So, when all is said and done, you’ll be able to compare several themes against each other and see how they stack up.
The categories are as follows:
The purpose of a WordPress theme is naturally to make your site look good. So, the first and most obvious category we’ll be grading themes on is design.
It’s important to note though, that this category is based on the “out of the box” or stock install design. We’ll get into customized designs in our next category.
While it’s great if a theme looks good right off the bat, thousands of people have probably used the same theme. And, since most of us want our blogs to stand out and be unique some customization is required to make your blog look and feel like your own.
The ease by which you can do that, is what we’re calling flexibility.
For example, a theme that looks great out of the box, but makes it difficult for users to tweak or change settings would be given a low flexibility score. On the other hand, a theme that offers a bunch of options and is easily modified would score well in this category.
Ease of Use
The next category we’ve chosen is “Easy of Use” and is fairly self explanatory.
While some themes offer a whole host of options and settings, you need a text book just to explain what they are and how to use them. Other themes make it a herculean task to simply upgrade to the newest version. Those characteristics in a theme would call for a lower score in this category and probably a special place in hell for the developers.
Naturally, if the theme is very intuitive to use and seems like its developers thought of every problem you could encounter and fixed it before you could worry your pretty little head about it, well we might just give them a perfect grade in “Ease of Use.”
The simple fact of the matter is that if you spend much at all with your WordPress theme, you’re going to run into a problem of some sort of another. Call it the cost of working with an open source platform that has such a diverse group of developers taking it in a million different directions.
So, our final category of “Support” will rank themes on how much help is available to you when you do encounter an issue. Whether the assistance comes from the developers themselves, or whether fans of the theme have created a community to aide fellow users is immaterial to the scoring.
If you can get help when you need it, the theme will score well. If you’re on your own, the theme’s score will suffer right along with you.
While we already have several of the most popular themes lined up to review, if you’d like us to review a specific theme please feel tree to drop it in the comments of this post, email us via our contact form, or hit us up on Twitter.
- WooThemes Reviewed
- Thesis Reviews (coming soon…)