A Brief Overview of a Custom WordPress Theme
WordPress is a content management system (CMS). It allows for flexibility that combines content and functionality. WordPress is open-source, which means it is free and thrives on a community of developers. As a free community, there are free themes available. There are also paid themes, page builder themes, and everything more.
There are tons of resources out there arguing for and against premium themes and page builders. Custom themes come in when you find yourself needing something more specialized. You lay out your needs, and PBwebD develops a solution to address them. No wrestling with tools, fighting with a pre-made theme, or wondering how a theme works.
Custom WordPress Themes
The custom themes that PBwebD develops embrace the WordPress environment. This makes the theme more future-proof so you can make core updates without worry. They are responsive, cross-browser tested, and easy to update. The aim of a custom theme is to make your site easy to update while giving the flexibility WordPress has to offer.
PBwebD has developed custom websites for businesses such as ConnectRoot, Soul Focus, and MoJJo Collaborative Communications. I’ve also been the lead or solo developer on projects involving an agency’s team.
How to Get a Good Custom WordPress Theme
Have a clear idea of what you want on your site. You don’t need to know or understand how the features would work or fit together. You know your needs best. What is the purpose of your site? What kind of message are you looking to portray?
Before building a house, you need blueprints to lay out the location and number of rooms, bathrooms, and so on. Understanding what you want on your site is just as important.This makes it easier to understand how the pieces should fit together and make a plan for completion.
Define the features you want on your home page: a list of services, testimonials, and a slider. Outline some key pages you know you want: a contact page with a form and map, and a blog with social sharing buttons.
Look around the web for examples of sites or even single pages you like. This helps to focus your site’s design – and even some functionality – into something you’re going to love.