WordCamp NYC 2009 – How to Choose Your Dream Theme
I am live blogging from WordCamp NYC, please excuse any typos or less polished text.
Speaker: Adria Richards
If you are a beginner blogger, this is very useful for you. If you are not, move on to the next post…. Everybody wants a great looking site, looks easy, but it’s not. If you get a great looking site you get:
- increased traffic
- healthy SEO
- mentions on other blogs
Three themes types:
Free – use the ones from wordpress, they were checked and cleaned. There are a lot of good themes out there. Google cares what sites look like, they care about words. Free theme is like getting a used car from a family member – helps you to get from A to B.
Time – quick to set up
Cost – free
Support – you are on your own there, with forum support
Look – if you know how to code, you could work it out, but if not… you kinda stuck.
Commercial -buy one out there. you can go and buy a new car, that looks nice like most cars out there. fast, more options to customize. cost of $30 – $200.
Custom– hire someone to work with the two above. Can get you a ‘one off limited edition car’.
Time – depends on level of complexity
Cost – costly(ier) can be between $150 – $600
Support – your personal designer and developer. get references on them.
Look – unique, the best out there