How To Theme Pair Like A Pro
Why is your theme so gross? You have a fashion blog……with cooking recipes on it. It’s this kind of crap that makes me wonder if people do any actual research on appropriate blog themes to what they’re doing. This is why I’m sitting in my chair, rubbing my temple and drinking bourbon while I figure out a way to politely explain the importance of theme-pairing.
Your theme is the very core of your blog, everyone remembers the vibrant theme that works harmoniously with the blogger’s works. People also remember the nightmarish blogs that have a theme completely opposite to what their posts are about (ie. the pair above).
It makes me cringe to imagine a cat-blog having information about dealing with a printer problem. Seriously, someone somewhere is giving me an ulcer because I know it has been done.
That’s why you and I are going to have a serious conversation about your theme. I will list out some of the popular niches, along with optimal pairs for them; and reasons why they work. Find it, fix it, then move on to your next mind-numbing blogging issue.
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As a fashion blogger I assume you have the goal to show off statement pieces of various articles of clothing/accessories. You want something users can easily navigate, while also being able to see each designer image you decide to put up. Maybe down the line you want to start selling products through your blog. It’s because of these reasons the following themes work wonders in a fashion blog:
Gallery Pro– This theme was built using the Genesis framework, using a minimalistic take on design so there are few distractions. Your main logo is front and center with the standard menus. It is highly optimized for high-quality performance, while also having multiple areas for custom widgets/page templates.
Pepper+– This theme uses a drag-and-drop modular design for creating beautiful page layouts. It also has several free ready-made website designs for those looking for something fast and easy AND meeting the criteria set above. Whether you want something traditional or a glorified e-commerce store, this theme won’t let you down.
Meteor- This theme is perfect for someone who utilizes tons of images, both of outfits and in general. It hosts a grid-layout system, so you can create an image that links straight to the blog post pertaining to said image.
Traveling around the world and exploring exotic places is a rush, wouldn’t you say? Looking over the edge of a mountain, or dog-sledding through the snow; I’m starting to sweat from excitement just from the thought.
That is the feeling your readers want to experience, how they need to feel when reading your posts. They don’t care about balancing their checkbooks, or DIY storage containers; they want to live vicariously through your posts and get the adrenaline.
Because of that, you want themes that represent the passion of travels, show off your videos and pictures at each activity. But also, being able to describe those pictures vividly without scrolling delays or page-errors. These next themes work nicely to obtain the essence of a traveler:
Fall-Easy customization with very crisp typography. Little distractions for the user and hosts unlimited colors, a simple layout design. Comes with integration capability for Google Fonts, Google Analytics, and custom logo uploads. It’s great for people just starting their journey.
Feltmag-This modern theme layout uses a fullscreen header with content sections in that of grid-style. Has two navigation menus, flexible designs, custom widgets and social media icons built in. I’d use this theme for more travel experiences instead of product-building
Landing- This theme is more for the advanced WP user; with a lot of customizable options and integration support. It lacks the clear direction most travel theme posess but allows for the 1-click-intall approach in the option panel.
We all know that one person who makes money blogging about blogging (like me), and although some people hate it, they can sometimes provide their readers with new ideas or perspectives in monetization or site-structure. These types of bloggers need to store tons of information in an artistically pleasing way to attract viewers, while also maximizing ad revenue potential that doesn’t scare off said viewers. Very few can maintain this balance which is why I’m listing them below, right now, as we speak, keep reading:
Hueman-Multi-column layout and highly customizable is what awaits you with this theme. It’s one of the most popular theme for WordPress, and it’s not hard to see why. What you’re reading this post on is the Hueman theme; fun, simple, effective.
Ribosome-Another magazine-styled theme that could be compared to the Hueman theme. 2-column layout with a right sidebar, 6 font-stylings, and widget areas both before and over your post. This theme doesn’t fit a lot of bloggers in this niche, but I find the most optimized for speedy readers.
Illdy-Clean. Slick. Perfect. That’s how the developers of this theme describe their product. Suits business and personal blogs with the traditional 2-column layout, custom headers, and full-width capabilities.
Becky, I swear if you tell me about how good that kale salad is one more time, I’m going to rub bird poop in your eyes.
This niche is filled with groans and soft cries every year after Thanksgiving and Christmas with people wanting to get in shape and form a healthy lifestyle. 99% of them don’t do it, but they make that initial step and read about the success stories using this P90X program, or Atkins diet, blah blah blah. That’s where you come in, showing people the great bodies/attitudes while providing them with recipes and meals that can help move them along.
Images, Site Flow, and an Array of widgets to display ads/links within your post is a must for this style of blog; which is why these are the themes you should settle on:
Meridian Fitness-Perfect for fitness blogs who schedule classes for their workouts, or even webinar sessions where you take the user step-by-set in a coaching format. Widgets, color schemes, schedule templates and contact forms. Trainers love it, users love it, all around great for the aspiring FT.
In Shape-This theme has a modernized layout that fits gym sites, sport sites, and several health niches. Unlimited colors, multiple headers/navigation options, and a drag-drop integration are some of the many excellent features offered with In Shape.
Good Health-Two homepage templates, featuring a grid layout is what you have in store for this theme. Many recommend using the second template in lead generation campaigns, but the many places to put your health products is what draws me to this theme.
I’m guilty of it too, surfing the internet for that food-porn that I know I wouldn’t be able to make in a million years. If I can successfully microwave ramen noodles than it’s a good day. On the bad days I end up burning the water and catching the air on fire.
Some of you find success in cooking, showing off your creations to the world. You need a theme that you can quickly upload your food images, then proceed to talk about every little detail of said food image. That way I can stay jealous of your skill…..until I remember eating out is only like $20 and your ‘skill’ is pleasing my mouth as a job (wink). So here are a couple themes to help you please people’s eyes, not mouths:
Kale (Yes of course this is a theme, Vegans…)-I don’t know why I’m going to tell you about this theme, you’ll click it out of shear curiosity. Any who, Kale features a clean framework that lets users setup and start within minutes. Built-in ads, recipe indexes, gallerias; you can utilize all with this theme. Because this responsive, Google-friendly theme is so good, your content will seemingly go viral overnight. You want results as a food blogger? This theme produces results hands down.
MagPlus-This theme is more of a communal food blog, using a mix between grid and magazine layouts. You can section out each type of food or even recipes based on whatever criteria you want; then have those sections sitting next to each other for a distraction-free roadmap for your viewers. Versitile with e-commerce platforms as well, MagPlus can start out as a food blog then quickly lets you transform into an online delivery service or…insert something else.
Lily-Elegant and detail-oriented is what a lot of people describe this theme as. Lily keeps it simple and lets you focus on strictly content by taking care of all the technical unpleasantness that comes with owning a blog. Easily adaptable to various content, 4 beautiful home page layouts, and has the ability to convert casual followers into loyal patrons with ease. The premium version offers the ultimate package, with expert plugins and pristine animations to draw the viewer in.
The best is always last, and when it comes to making money or saving money there can be no contest on gaining traffic. This niche is universal for everyone, because anything to help you save money or make money draws people in like a moth to the flame. You need everything to pull this niche off; flexible, smooth, eye-appealing, premium, all-around spectacular. Since this is the case, I offer only two themes that will provide you justice in this niche:
Leader–Powerful, dynamic, innovative; each of these characteristics are needed to become the absolute best leader in your industry. This theme is the epitome of those characteristics, I can’t describe to you how flawless they’ve created this theme; so, I won’t.
Enterprise-Just as the name suggests, this theme is to turn your business idea or blog into an absolute empire. It comes with sections that host services, team members, support, partners, and a central knowledge base. I don’t know about you, but when I have a proposal for my service or product I like to include graphs and statistics on how said service/product benefits that company; it’s perfectly doable with this theme. Not just doable, necessary for your blog to succeed.
Well there you have it, popular niches and great theme pairs that won’t make your readers turn away in disgust.
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As always, the intention of this post wasn’t to offend anyone, but to help you understand that the success of your blog heavily depends on what theme you decide to choose for it. The right pair can convert your traffic into repeat income. Whereas the wrong pair could turn away traffic forever.
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