Advice You Should Ignore When Choosing a WordPress Theme

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There is never a shortage of advice when it comes to finding the right web design tools, and that applies to choosing a WordPress theme as well. Some advice you receive is based on fact, and some is based on myths. The most common myths are not blatant falsehoods. There is an element of truth in many of them, and those who perpetuate these myths often believe them to be true.

The truth is, when you choose among the premium WordPress themes, you’re unlikely to make a bad choice. You may make a wrong one, or you might have made a better one.

To help you in making the right choice, we’ll run through three of the more common myths, and make a recommendation. The myths are summarized below. The recommendation, is to choose a modularly-structured theme, like this one. A modular theme is a more flexible theme, it offers a greater range of design options, and it’s usually much faster.

Bloated Code – Sometimes a Problem, but Usually a Myth

This myth is often directed at multipurpose WordPress themes. It assumes, that a multiplicity of features tends to go hand in hand with bloated, inefficient, code.

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One way to avoid bloated code is to look for a theme that has been on the market for some time, has a large, satisfied user base, and was created by experienced authors and developers.

Checking the reviews can be also be helpful. A theme that gets good to great reviews is unlikely to contain bloated code.

An even better test is customizability, along with resource load on demand. A theme that offers these characteristics will definitely not have been built on bloated code.

A modular theme is always a good choice. Modular themes are generally built on smart, optimized, highly-efficient code; so it makes little sense to avoid selecting a modular, multipurpose theme, since you can be confident that it will provide the performance you are looking for.

Integrating Features into a Theme Will Slow It down – Another Myth

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Granted, if a theme’s authors do a poor job of integrating a feature, its performance will suffer. This myth really addresses the issue of integrated features versus plugins.

Both have their advantages and their shortfalls. Plugins can be less than totally compatible, not kept up to date, or have “enhancements” that actually create limitations.

Integrated features can be poorly designed or poorly coded, but when that is not the case, they generally outshine plugins, and they can add to a theme’s overall performance in ways plugins cannot. Problems with integrated functions are avoidable. Problems with plugins are not always avoidable; especially third-party plugins.

A page builder plugin is included in many WP themes. A better choice however, is a theme that features an integrated page-builder.

A theme having an integrated front-end page builder, in combination with other integrated features, is by far the best choice of all. Front-end page builders can be huge time savers.

In addition to boosting your productivity, using a front-end page-building capability can also enhance the quality of your deliverables. Design mistakes can be detected and corrected earlier and more efficiently, and design enhancements tend to be easier to incorporate.

Drag and Drop a Thing of the Past – A Third Myth, and One with Little Substance

Drag and drop functionality brings with it many benefits, and few, if any, pitfalls. Building a website with a drag and drop tool is straightforward and intuitive. The learning curve for most drag and drop page builders is nearly flat, and best of all, no coding is required.

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The front-end builder of Kallyas WordPress Theme

Developers may not need drag and drop. Many of them prefer to use code to achieve their objectives, simply because they are good at it.

Designers on the other hand, prefer to go about their design tasks without the necessity of using code – hence, drag and drop.

As far as clients and end users are concerned, they could care less. Clients no doubt appreciate receiving quality deliverables on time, and they will applaud your use of drag and drop functionality once they realize how much it has much to do with your superior performance.

Almost everyone likes new things, and a few will forever be chasing after the latest and greatest technologies. Being a professional web designer, you naturally prefer what works; something with a track record. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with selecting something other than drag and drop. It’s up to you. Just don’t fall for the myth that drag and drop is outdated, or second-rate.

Each Project has Its Unique Specifications

A common thread that runs through these myths is that they are generalities. You may have a project where bloated code does not create a problem, where plugins work perfectly fine, or where a technique other than drag and drop does the job admirably.

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As a web professional tasked with designing a wide variety of websites, and as a result, you will be best served by using a multipurpose theme, you should take these myths into account; simply to avoid being pointed in the wrong direction, when you are making your choice.

By doing a little research, you can avoid a theme having bloated code, since it is avoidable, and with the top multi-purpose WP themes, it is rarely an issue.

Plugins are fine, if they do what you want them too, but a theme that features an integrated drag and drop front-end page builder, as does Kallyas, is as solid an investment in terms of productivity as you are apt to find anywhere.

Kallyas puts all three myths to rest. You’ll love its intuitive interface, the on demand resource management capabilities, rapid database queries, and best of all – its flexibility and customizability.

header image courtesy of Justin Mezzell

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