Yesterday I gushed about the great experience I had signing up with HostGator and getting them to transfer my existing blog from “Brand X Hosting” (GoDaddy) to the HostGator servers. It was seamless, flawless and painless. What a deal!
A Blog In Search Of A Theme
Now, I’m in search of the perfect WordPress Theme. For a number of reasons — all bad — I went with the Papercut Theme from Woo Themes. I though it looked cool and would be a great, eye catching theme with a lot of that stuff people call “ease of use”. I was wrong. It’s might look cool (at least, to me) but it’s really not that easy to use as far as adding sidebar features or widgets and my guess is that it really isn’t that “SEO friendly”.
The real deal, though, is the back end. The stuff behind the curtain, so to speak. It doesn’t allow a lot of flexibility and, worse, some parts of it are downright clunky and a pain in the butt to use. So, I am now on the search for another theme.
Premium or Free?
As I bounce around WordPress Theme-land, I can’t help but feel a sens of overwhelm. There are literally thousands and maybe tens of thousands of WordPress Themes both free and for money.
Yes. There a re a ton I can eliminate right off the bat. For instance, I’m not a big fan of the WordPress Themes that have dark backgrounds where you can hardly read the text. The leads me to the next criteria. I’m mostly a text blogger. Not a lot of video. Not a ton of photography. So, the themes that put video and graphics front and center probably won’t work for me either.
The other part of this is that I’m wondering if the Premium WordPress Themes are really worth the money. Obviously, I’m not all that thrilled with Woo Themes. Worse, I bought it or, rather, it was purchased for me, by a guy who did the original blog installation awhile back. So, I’m not even the real owner of the theme.
What Are Your Suggestions?
Now, I’m at a crossroads. Since I joined The Ultimate Blog Challenge I was hoping to really fine tune this blog on a number of levels.
- I want to be able to find a consistent blog voice and/or direction
- I want to be able to monetize (the word du jour) the blog which means being able to add elements to the sidebar and/or text in an attractive and productive way
- I want it to be SEO friendly
- I want it to look nice
Any suggestions? Just place them in the Comments. I would love to know what works for other bloggers.