Wordpress Theme Recommendations

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by Uke, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. Uke

    Uke UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I’m looking for theme recommendations for a new website I’m building. It’s a basic professional services website that will only be a handful of pages, so only needs to be very straightforward (there’s no e-commerce involved).

    The main things I’m looking for are that the theme is clean, fast and not bloated with unnecessary extras.

    Thank you
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Uke Member since: Feb 5, 2021
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  2. KM-Tiger

    KM-Tiger UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    You might consider the aerinone theme that is offered and maintained by @fisicx who is a memebr here. It's free.

    Or Focus from diythemes. Paid for but clean and blindingly fast.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: KM-Tiger Member since: Aug 10, 2003
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  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Pretty much any of the free themes you get with Wordpress will do the job.

    create all your content and navigation then use the preview function to see how it looks using different themes.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  4. Uke

    Uke UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone, appreciated.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Uke Member since: Feb 5, 2021
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  5. Phil Sproson Photography

    Phil Sproson Photography UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    I use Avada lots and it is brilliant, all of my websites are built using it, avada.theme-fusion.com << *can't yet post live links* and the plugins that make it work are all included from the same developer.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Phil Sproson Photography Member since: Feb 8, 2021
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  6. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Nooooooo!

    Avada is the pits. It’s slow, clunky, dated, poorly responsive and scores badly on the Google’s performance tester.

    If a theme needs plugins to make it work then it’s the wrong theme.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  7. Phil Sproson Photography

    Phil Sproson Photography UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    I tend to disagree. I have tested Avada sites on Google Speed test and GTMetrix and achieved fast page loading scores, and they also do well in Google SERPs so they're hitting the right notes for me.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Phil Sproson Photography Member since: Feb 8, 2021
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  8. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    6.8Mb homepage, 195 requests (113 of those are scripts). Google scores your site 2/100

    https://web.dev/measure/

    And avada is a bootstrap theme - old tech. Things have moved on a lot in the last few years.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  9. Phil Sproson Photography

    Phil Sproson Photography UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    My own site is the most neglected to be honest, it was carrying a different design and was redone... it needs an overhaul granted, but look up Oaker Farm Holidays, or Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire... both faster than my site on Avada . It was a recommendation of a theme that looks good, is easy to handle, and is kept on-point by the developers, and it can be very light if kept simple... my site is carrying ecwid store etc etc amongst other things
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Phil Sproson Photography Member since: Feb 8, 2021
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  10. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Oaker Farm Holidays: 39/100
    Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire: 10/100

    Adava is dated. It may be popular but it's well past its sell by date. Any theme that has this as a body class need major surgery:
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  11. Alan

    Alan UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Avada & Enfold are now well out of favour for the reasons @fisicx mentions.

    Popular themes in 2020 were Ocean WP, Astra and Generate Press.

    Personally I love Genesis based themes and Mia Delight Pro or Mia Lifestyle Pro are easy to use, good looking and blazingly fast.
     
    Posted: Feb 15, 2021 By: Alan Member since: Aug 16, 2011
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  12. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Even Astra can get bogged down as it recommends all sorts of cloggy plugins. In fact anything with a page builder will slow down your site.

    Learn to use blocks and you will discover you can do just about anything a page builder can do without all the bloat.
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  13. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    I use Generate Press for all of my subsidiary sites as it's simple enough for a non It person like myself to use straight out of the box
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  14. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Really? I tried it recently and found it rather confusing, maybe because it seems to be wholly dependent on 'blocks' which I have, so far, resisted using?

    I tried editing one of their themes in html and the conclusion I came to was WTF!
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  15. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Try them. Once you get the hang of them they are quite simple to use and very flexible. Negate the whole need for a page builder.
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  16. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Ace Free Member

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    I need to allocate some time to learning the 'blocks' thing but motivation is lacking :)
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  17. Uke

    Uke UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I’ve not built anything in Wordpress for a couple of years, so blocks are new to me.

    Having had a quick read about them however, they look like a really welcome addition and something that Wordpress should have done years ago.
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: Uke Member since: Feb 5, 2021
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  18. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Nothing to learn really. You just select the block for a heading, list, image etc and do it the same as you always have. The default block is paragraphs so writing is exactly the same as it always was.
     
    Posted: Feb 16, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  19. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    @fisicx you have said in multiple threads that boostrap is outdated. What do you suggest instead?
     
    Posted: Feb 17, 2021 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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  20. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    The problem with bootstrap is it’s a one sizes fits all solution with hundreds of styles you may never need. And because of how it works you get multiple nested classes in your code.

    A good responsive layout only really needs one or two breakpoints and if you take mobile first approach the whole idea of columns is redundant.

    If you are building your own theme/layout start from scratch. It’s what I do and it keeps the code really lightweight. If it’s Wordpress, then most of the free themes are non-bootstrap.
     
    Posted: Feb 17, 2021 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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