5 Quick Start Design Tips for Using WordPress

Basics Tips Beginners Can Master

WordPress Design Basics

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Decmber 22, 2023 | 3 min Read

WordPress is a great platform to choose for your business website or blog. Not only does it have more than 40% of the website market share (60% of the content management websites on the internet) but its core blogging framework comes with a database system and template architecture that can handle more advanced features.

In this article, we are focused on wordpress.org the self-hosted version of WordPress (learn the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com).

These five design tips will help you get started on the right track with your WordPress website.

Choose The Right Theme

Our first tip is to select a well-vetted flexible theme that has a good performance track record. There are millions of WordPress themes out there, so how do you know which one is right for you?

We recommend you select a theme that is feature-rich, lightweight and user-friendly. You want to get maximum functionality without compromising performance. Selecting a good theme up front will save you lots of valuable time and money.

Listed here are two things to look out for when choosing the right theme.

  1. You’ll want to look at the ratings if you’re choosing a theme in the WordPress.org repository or code canyon. Also read the positive and negative reviews to get a sense of the theme’s track record.
  2. Another important factor when selecting a theme is whether the theme works well with the plugins that you plan to install on your website. It could be really frustrating if you invest a lot of time and money in making a theme work only to find out that there’s a conflict with a relevant plugin you might need for your business website.

Use Well-Vetted Plugins

This leads us to our second tip. Just like picking a good theme is an important part of your website success with WordPress, you’ll also want to make sure the plugins you use are well-vetted too with good reviews. The plugin should maintain regular updates and work well with other plugins and the theme that you are using. The wrong plug-in can break your website or introduce security vulnerabilities. so be very intentional about researching any plugins that you want to use.

Have A Cohesive Brand Identity

It will be easier to maintain a consistent look and feel throughout your website with a clear brand identity. WordPress has a customizer section you can use to apply your brand design colors and fonts. Setting these upfront will make it easy for you to apply them to the page elements in your website to help you create a cohesive presence that your customers will appreciate.

Once you have a theme, collection of plugins that are suitable for you and works well for your brand design, you’ll want to make sure your website provides the most engaging experience for your audience. Stunning imagery is a great way to up the wow factor. Let’s go over that next.

Use High-Quality Images

One way to make your WordPress website standout is through the use of high-quality images that fit your brand identity. This may either be through high-quality photography, illustrations or carefully selected royalty-free stock images. High-quality imagery will provide the best visual experience for your visitors, but these type of files usually have a higher file size which can affect your website performance. It is very important to optimize your images for the best quality and best performance on your website. There are image optimization tools you can use like Adobe Photoshop or free online tools like TinyPNG.com.

Keep Your WordPress Themes & Plugins Up-To-Date

Our last design tip is very important. You can build a great website, however, if it’s not kept up-to-date, it may not function as you expect it to. The WordPress platform is managed by a community of developers so there are regular changes and improvements that get released very often. Security vulnerability fixes are sometimes included in the updates. This is helpful because you will always have the latest features and security. This does require you to maintain the updates though so check your environment regularly and be sure you are keeping it updated.

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