This is not just a review. I’m actually asking you a question, and I’m telling you my answer. To me, a premium wordpress theme is important for any blog. I’m just going to say it out loud, if you don’t already have one, go for a premium wordpress theme, now. Think about it, it’s actually the first thing people notice, and sometimes, it’s what seperates us from others, and many times, the reason why visitors stay and read our content to begin with.
What do you think, do we need a premium wordpress theme?
I’m all for content. But, I realized a long time ago that in order for people to actually give my content a fair chance, I had to use an elegant design.
I have been blogging for a while, and I started out like almost every blogger with a free theme. I was happy for a while, and I didn’t give it much thought, well, until I started to notice that a lot of other blogs looked just like mine. At the time, I wasn’t thinking about being unique, but I didn’t want a lot of other blogs to be just like mine. But the real “problem” was that I never seemed to find a theme that was good enough for me, one that I was actually satisfied with.
What I was looking for
It goes without saying that I was looking for a design that I thought was good, and that it was a high quality design. I have been looking all over for a free theme, and I have found many, but I always ended up switching, and I was never actually satisfied. But, once in a while, I was satisfied with the design, but only to discover that I wanted some extra features that I couldn’t implement (I’m no expert).
I wanted it to be optimized for search engines, and I wanted to be able to integrate advertisements, and I wanted it to be fairly cheap. I found many great looking themes, but most of them were expensive, and for some I had to pay several hundred dollars just to get my hands on one theme. I didn’t want to spend that much money on it. It might be worth it, but I just don’t have that kind of money at the moment.
I have thought about hiring a designer to create a unique design for this blog. But, that would be even more expensive. And, it would take a lot of time as well. I just wanted a great looking theme, and I wanted it fast.
I discovered Elegant Themes a few months ago, and the first time I visited the site, I spent what seemed to be hours, just looking at all the various themes (more than 60 themes). I looked at the price, and I thought, no, this can’t be possible. To me, paying $39 for unlimited use of all the themes, is cheap. When I joined, I thought that it was the 60 + themes I could chose from, now I know that they are adding even more themes.
I have been changing theme from time to time, and that’s because I still can’t seem to decide which one is the best for me. All I know is that I don’t have to buy more, I just have to decide among the ones available at Elegant Themes.
I love the high quality, but I also love the variety of designs. No matter what type of blog I will create in the future, I will find a design that will fit. For instance, there are designs for:
- Shop (ecommerce sites)
- Business CMS
- Classic Blog
I’m very impressed with the way they create the new themes. They always do polls and ask their members what type of theme they would like them to create as the next one. That’s true customer service.
Here’s one of the reasons why I bought Elegant Themes. Altough I haven’t been experimenting with shortcodes much, I am looking forward to do it. With shortcodes, I am able to to a lot of customizing, and add fantastic features, without any coding experience.
Here are some of the features available with shortcodes:
- Lots of different buttons
- Content boxes
- Toggled content
- Tabbed content
- Social media (buttons)
- Password protected content
- Column layouts
- Image slider
- Pricing tables
For instance, just by clicking a button I can add social icons like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon and more just by adding a few words.
There are so many things I can customize within my theme, but in order for you to fully understand the “endless” opportunities, you should watch these two videos (on YouTube).
I really want to ask you this. Do you use a premium theme for your blog, or do you use a free one? What’s your thoughts on being unique when it comes to design? Does it really matter if other blogs are similar to yours? And, do you visit a blog and stay and read the content no matter how it looks (do you give the content a chance, without thinking abou the design)? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.