You’re getting closer to having the blog of your dreams.
- you’ve set up Siteground hosting
- they’ve installed WordPress for you for free (which is an actual service that they offer), and
- now all you need to do is pick one of your favourites from this selection of fabulous quirky WordPress themes for your blog.
If you haven’t set up your blog yet, check out how to set one up the easiest way possible right here.
12 Quirky WordPress Themes To Make You Look Like A Pro
No matter how long you’ve been blogging, the one thing you DO NOT want your blog to do is to make you look like a complete amateur. One immediate way to make you look like a pro is by utilising a theme that looks professional. That’s exactly why I decided to share all of these WordPress themes for you to check out so you can see the quality for yourself.
There are plenty of free WordPress themes available that you can use if you want but thousands of people use those themes for their blogs. Still worth looking I guess. To view them, access your WordPress admin panel, go to “Appearance” on the left-hand side navigation menu and click “Themes”.
There you can explore and test these free themes. There may be some limitations to free themes, but that is only down to the style that you choose, nothing really to do with the fact that it is free. It is possible to change your themes at a later date and redesign your site.
Do you have a vague idea of how you want your blog to look?
For Heart Handmade UK I use a paid theme called Glam which runs on the Genesis Framework, and for Start A Craft A Blog I use a paid theme by BluChic called Victoria.
If you want to have a blog like Heart Handmade, then two purchases need to be made; the Genesis Framework and the theme itself.
The framework is the bones of your operation. The theme is the aesthetics.
There are a lot of WordPress themes available with a lot of fancy bells and whistles. The problems with bells and whistles are that they can slow your site down. This is especially pertinent for craft bloggers who might be uploading a lot of photographs. I purchased Genesis because I read an article on Copyblogger about how it increased page load times by 72.7% for one site in particular.
There are several premium WordPress theme frameworks on the market, but Genesis is WITHOUT A DOUBT the best and most flexible choice. This is especially true if your blog is going to have a lot of images and visual content.
To read more about why you would want to use the Genesis Framework, click here.
If your blog isn’t going to have a lot of images (if your not a food blogger, a craft blogger, a lifestyle blogger etc.) I recommend that you look at these quirky WordPress themes that don’t require Genesis as I know that the costs can soon start to mount up.
The Awesome Quirky WordPress Themes:
The Naomi Theme By BluChic.
Jacqueline WordPress Theme By Bluchic.
Samantha Theme By BluChic.
Adelle Pro Theme by BluChic.
They also have a 24-hour installation and set up service which is fantastic!
Zayla Divi Child Theme.
Inspired WordPress theme.
Hello Trending Genesis WordPress Theme.
Splendid WordPress theme.
Studio WordPress theme.
Sprinkle Pro theme by 316Designs.
Delightful Pro WordPress Theme.
Hello Lovely Theme On Etsy.
Why You Need The Genesis Framework For Your Blog
I’ve given you some incredible options for blog themes that don’t require the Genesis framework. Now I’m going to provide you with a huge reason why the Genesis framework is something you should consider if you’re serious about getting your blog off the ground.
Genesis offers more security than other Frameworks
Swines are trying to hack into your site on a daily basis. Sites everywhere are always under attack, and hackers love to exploit vulnerabilities in themes, lousy code, plugins and any other way they can.
With every WordPress update, the security features of Genesis are improved. The Genesis framework protects your site, ALL of the time.
Genesis Will Improve Your Load Times
One of the main reasons people leave your site immediately is because it takes too damn long to load.
Trust me. I speak from experience.
From both sides of the aisle.
Meaning that I’ve left sites that took too long to load, including my own. In April 2016 I was going out of my mind trying to figure out how I could increase the load times of my craft blog. People were complaining that it took forever to load and our site scored an F using the YSlow plugin. It took over 30 seconds to load. That’s insanely slow.
I purchased the Genesis Framework, and over the next few months, I’ve been working on a series of steps to remove old useless posts, images, clean up code etc. Doing that increased our grade on YSlow to a C which was excellent but I KNEW we could do better. The last step was switching hosts to Siteground which improved our speed and traffic overnight. And we scored a B!!! I was so freakin happy!
If your site is going to be packed full of images or having videos embedded, then you really should be considering purchasing the Genesis Framework.
Have you picked your theme yet?
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