WordPress Theme Selection

WordPress Theme Selection
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WordPress Theme Selection Outline

  • Use a default WordPress Theme
    • The TwentySeventeen theme is a good looking theme.
    • The TwentyEighteen is coming soon.
    • Default themes from the WordPress development team have good support and an active comnunity of users.
    • Plugin compatability is assured. All plugins must work on the current default wordpress theme; this removes the theme contention with plugin issues. Surely, there can still be conflicts between plugins and
      need to be familiar with how to determine such conflicts using a process of elimination.
    • Ensures that the latest WordPress features are being used. The default themes are designed to show off
      wordpress enhancements, eg. Gutenberg.
    • It just makes sense to start with a free theme that you know will not fall off the earth.
    • There should be alot of user experience to draw from when you move to the latest defauld theme.

  • Choose a theme that does not require proprietary software like a visual editor.
    • Hooks you intop ongoing costs.
    • Makes it difficult to convert away from.
    • Gutenberg will make many of these editor obsolete.
    • Genesis themes are built on a widget foundation. Skip them.
  • Most themes provide some kind of help forum, but you may not get support from the designer.
  • Always use a Child theme to make your changes.
    • Use the WordPress Codex to get the proper code:
                 * The child theme directory
                 * style.css
                 * functions.php