Oh, to go back to the days when decorating your blog theme with all kinds of cute stuff like counters, moving giphies and floral wallpapers!
Those were the days!
I loved those days.
I sometimes long for those days.
Blog theme nowadays less is more
Because these days when it comes to your blog theme, less is definitely more. It’s all about speed! The most important thing is that your blog loads fast. And unfortunately that means you better not decorate it to an inch of its life. Because that kind of stuff makes your blog load slower.
And nobody likes a slow loading blog.
No matter how lovely it looks. In fact, most people will have it the back button before they even get to see how lovely your blog looks.
All mobile themes kind of look the same
Apart from that, most people will probably use their mobile phone to visit your blog. And I don’t know about you, but to me most blogs kind of look the same on mobile. All the cutesy stuff is gone on mobile.
So that leads me to the question: does a blog theme still matter?
Why bother, if you can’t see how cute it is on mobile?
Why blog themes still matter!
Yes, a blog theme still matters! But mostly because of how fast it is, and how well it provides a good user experience. It’s less about the looks of a theme and more about the user experience.
How to choose your blog theme wisely
So when you want a new blog theme, it’s still important to choose the right one. These are the criteria I use when choosing a blog theme:
- Is it fast loading?
- Is it responsive?
- Does it look good on both desktop ánd mobile?
- What’s the support like?