What’s The Value Of A WordPress Theme?

Ralph M. RiveraWordpress4 Comments

WordPress interface with X Theme.

WordPress is simultaneously one of my favorite and least favorite subjects to talk about. In many ways WordPress is a misunderstood marketing tool. How long a WordPress site should take to build and how much it should cost are epic questions. I talk about cost in my article “50 Shades Of WordPress: How Much Does A WordPress Site Cost?“, but I want to focus on theme costs a bit more.

The marketplace for themes consists of thousands of themes ranging from free to hundreds of dollars with most falling under $100. But how much should a good theme cost? It’s not that simple. When I was getting ready to launch this site, I was debating between two themes, Editor and X. Editor costs $43. X costs $63. Does that make X better? Yes. But not because of price. Here’s where the distinction between price and value becomes important.

Editor is a beautiful theme that I would neither buy nor recommend because it’s a fixed theme that has a pre-defined layout that can’t be deviated from. What you see is what you get. On the other hand, X offers a tremendous amount of flexibility for $20 more. But is flexibility good? Maybe.

It depends on the needs of your business, but I think that some flexibility is good. X offers more flexibility than I could ever use, but Editor offers none. At some point that’s going to lead to some frustration. Another theme, Salient, is only $58 and not as flexible as X, but it is Carol Lynn Rivera’s favorite because it is flexible, but not overly so.

Before committing to a theme, find sites that use it and thoroughly review the demos. That’s the only way that you’ll really understand the value and flexibility of what you’ll be getting.

These are my 300 words for the day. I am Ralph M. Rivera.

WordPress interface with X Theme.

What's the value of a WordPress Theme? WordPress themes are not all alike. Selecting on based on price doesn't give you a good reference point for deciding which will meet your needs.