Wordpress Themes: Selecting an Effective Theme - Remember that the...
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Remember that the purpose of your blog is to deliver timely, relevant content to your readers, Any theme that preserves or improves the reader experience is good, any theme that subtracts from the experience is bad.
4) Search Engine Optimization
A lot can be said about search engine optimization, but at the end of the day if you have content worth reading eventually you'll get the rankings you deserve. That doesn't mean that you don't need SEO; all it means is that what you really need to do is to make sure:
(a) Your tags are formatted properly, with the name of the post first followed by the name of the blog - some themes can do this automatically without modification to the code or use of a plugin
(b) All your blog content titles use the H1 tag, with the main keywords used instead of non-descriptive text for better SEO relevance
(b) Your theme has clean source codes, and if possible all formatting is linked to an external CSS file which you can edit independently
5) Plug-And-Play Ease of Use
Can the theme be installed easily on an existing blog without having to move things around? Can the same theme be used and customized easily on your other blogs? These are some additional things you may want to consider when theme-shopping, especially if every minute of downtime on your blog may mean lost revenue.
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