Choosing a WordPress theme can be quite overwhelming, we all know that. Beginners in page building, in particular, may find the incredible amount of WordPress Elementor themes out there confusing rather than helpful. With all those free and paid options, it can be very hard to choose one for your WordPress site.
Now, we are down to one question: what makes a perfect theme? Or perhaps the better question here is how do you really choose a WordPress Elementor theme? Here is a detailed guide for you.
First things first, WordPress is designed to build all sorts of websites. There is no wonder you can find a lot of Elementor themes that cater to different niches and markets. Each theme is designed to provide the necessary aesthetics and functionalities fit to a certain type of website. The only challenge left is to find that “one” theme that is most suitable.
As a rule of thumb, your WordPress Elementor theme must complement your website’s content. For instance, if you are building an editorial blog that will share opinions and discuss political and social issues, then you would want a theme that is centered on readability. It must be something that is professional-looking and gives off an air of credibility. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re building an online store offering funky fashion finds targeting the millennial market, then you would want a theme that is lively and carefree with popping colors and perhaps quirky fonts.
What’s the fuss, though?
It pays to know this early that the definition of an “ideal” Elementor theme is not limited to the overall appeal of the website you are building, to the kind of market you cater, or to the type of content you want to share. There are many other aspects to look into so that you can find the right theme for your site.
For instance, most themes are packed with a number of customization options designed to let the user tailor almost every aspect of a web page. The problem is that when such customization options are not coded properly, it can be hard to switch to other themes or use other WordPress plugins. Moreover, there are Elementor themes that make pages so unique and visually appealing that they take a toll on the loading speed of the pages. Remember that Google doesn’t like slow websites, which means themes can also affect your ranking on the search results.
These things underline the great need to find the right theme. Here are the tricks that can help you in finding the ideal theme for your website.
Keep it simple
There are a lot of Elementor Themes that take pride in providing users with a variety of fonts, colors, layouts, animations, etc. It turns out you don’t really need all of these features. The trick is to find a theme that offers a design layout that matches your page building needs. Choose features that are absolutely necessary, otherwise, you will end up creating clutter on your pages. Remember that each page has to look great but never overlook the simplicity and functionality of your website.
Veer away from complicated styles. Always keep in mind the convenience of your visitors. Let them navigate through your pages with ease, so keep things simple. Less is more in page building!
While the majority of WordPress themes are responsive by default, some elements have standard width layouts that don’t suit all screen sizes. A good Elementor Theme must take responsiveness seriously. This is very important nowadays when people access the Internet through mobile devices of different types and sizes. In addition, Google also favors websites that are mobile-friendly. So when you go for a highly responsive theme, you are actually building a site that is ready to conquer the first page of the search results.
There are a few simple ways to check whether a theme is responsive or not. One is by resizing your browser screen. The theme’s layout should adjust accordingly as the browser screen is resized. Another option is by pasting the URL of the theme’s demo page onto Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test page. What’s great about this tool is it will also indicate red flags such as too small text and content that is wider than the screen.
Respect the browsers
Mobile compatibility is not your sole consideration when choosing an Elementor Theme. You must also look into its compatibility with browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. Keep in mind that the browser you are using may be different from what your visitors are using, so it pays to cater to as many browsers as you can.
Browser compatibility details are usually readily available in a theme’s website. If you want to make sure about it though, you can run a simple test with different browsers and see whether all elements are working.
When you set up a website, bear in mind that it would be open for people from across the globe, including non-English speakers. Now if you have plans to make your website multilingual aka “globally competitive,” you have to choose Elementor themes that are translation-ready and support multilingual WordPress plugins.
Find solid support
You can find tons of free Elementor themes with excellent features. The only potential problem, however, is that some of them lack guaranteed support. In some cases with free themes, you will have to figure things out on your own when something goes wrong. Another option, in that case, would be to consult with a third-party developer to help you out.
With premium and pro versions, you don’t just get additional features but also a solid support system to back you up. Some Elementor themes provide a quick response from friendly and seasoned experts to help users in their page building issues.
Themes can also impact your website’s SEO friendliness. Just to give you a heads up, just because a theme makes your site visually appealing doesn’t mean it does good to the site’s overall SEO health. A good theme must generate properly coded HTML so that search engines would find it worthy of the ranks.
Builders with little to no experience in HTML may have a hard time looking into a theme’s code. Good thing, many premium Elementor theme developers provide details and labels such as “SEO-friendly” and “SEO-compatible,” and “SEO-ready” on their websites. In addition, there are several tools that you can use to check if your page generates proper HTML.
Do your Research
Any theme can boast about its many features, its user-friendliness, SEO compatibility and so on, but nothing is more credible users who had the first-hand experience with the theme.
Check out reviews and ratings to see whether users are happy and satisfied with the theme. Free WordPress themes usually have a rating section so go check it before you click the download button. This will show you the number of stars given by users, along with honest reviews and recommendations. A few negative reviews are normal, but when you see a whole bunch of them, you’re better off finding another Elementor theme.
It helps to see as well whether or not your chosen theme matches the current standards of WordPress. To do this, simply download and install the Theme Check plugin.
Final words… 🙂
Choosing a perfect Elementor theme can also be a matter of trial and error. Once you are done creating your pages and uploading your content, review your website before giving the whole world access to it. Check your content, view it on mobile, and see whether images, audio, and videos are loading properly.
When things don’t work efficiently, don’t fret. There are thousands of other themes out there that are better than what you’re currently using. While the process can be frustrating, especially for newbies in this kind of endeavor, it can also be rewarding in the sense that you learn the ropes and familiarize yourself with the process as you build your page.
To summarize what we have discussed, a great theme must be:
- Has solid support
- Has positive reviews and high ratings
Your Elementor theme will dictate your website’s overall appeal and functionality. This is why it pays to find one that best suits your website’s unique purpose and goals.
So there you have it, a quick guide in choosing an Elementor theme. We hope we were able to help you. Feel free to share with us your insights and experiences in finding the best theme. Good luck with your search!