So, as you can probably already see, I updated my blog and added a new theme. However, it wasn’t as easy as it should have been.
Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is a super easy to use platform and has hundreds if not thousands of great themes available. Nonetheless I found choosing a theme for my blog almost infuriating.
Most responsive WordPress themes these days focus heavily on business services and ecommerce.
What If I Just Want To Blog?
For someone like me who just wanted a nice looking professional blog (yes, I want a blog not a website!) I found it really hard to find a theme that worked as expected.
Most themes I tried were either too business focused and “one page” designs or they offered a very boring blog layout and unless you utilised all the fancy features (which I don’t need) the site ended up looking like a newspaper – and not in a good way.
So, in the end I just went with a theme called Zerif Lite (yep, there’s a pro version with all kinds of bells and whistles). The blog looks OK but there are some features missing for me – but this was the closest I could get. It seems unless you want a full width one page design site, you’re stumped with a lousy blog posts page with no additional features.
WordPress Plugins Help Fill The Gaps
Luckily, I’m hoping there will be a few plugins which will step in and add the features I need (a simple call to action/lead gen banner or slide above my posts).
That’s probably one of the best things about WordPress. If you don’t find everything you are looking for with a theme, you can fill in the gaps with a plugin.
So, I guess stay tuned for more updates across the blog (as well as more regular content from me).
Do you have any “go-to” WordPress themes and plugins, simply for layout? Let me know in the comments.