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Wordpress Themes: Selecting an Effective Theme
By: Gobala Krishnan
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    2007-08-14

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  • Wordpress Themes: Selecting an Effective Theme
  • Use of Images...
  • Remember that the...
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    2) Use of Images and Icons

    A theme with images and icons can look good, but it rarely increases your web traffic or subscriber base. In fact, most "A-list" bloggers have plain vanilla themes with a simple logo on top. Reducing the amount of images also means faster loading time and less stress on your servers. This vital aspect of server load become apparent only if you have tens of thousands of visitors a day, but it's worth designing for the future.

    A image-laden theme also distracts readers from the content itself. This is the reason why blogs like Engadget and Tech Crunch use images intensively in the content areas to add value to a post, but the theme itself is simple and rather minimalist.

    Ideally, a theme should allow you to use your own header image for stronger branding purposes, yet replace images and icons with links and text, or just not use them at all unless absolutely necessary.

    3) Compatibility with Plugins

    Another time-sucking activity is installing plugins that improve the functionality of your site. There's a plugin out there for almost everything you want to do with your blog, but while most of them are free and easily obtainable, it's not always easy to install the plugins and insert the codes into your Wordpress theme.

    If your theme is too complicated, it may be a headache to even insert that one line of code you need to make a plugin work. This is often the case with advanced AJAX-based Wordpress themes that have too many files and heavy coding. I've always preferred a simpler themes that stick to the default Wordpress theme as much as possible, so I can cut back on the learning curve and just get on with my life.

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