With the huge number of themes available these days, it can be difficult to choose which theme you will fit your next project best. To help you on your way, we have listed a few tips.

These tips can be used to select a theme for any CMS including WordPress Themes, Joomla Templates, PrestaShop Themes, Magento Themes and many more.

1. Try an online demo before purchasing a theme

A screenshot can say a thousand words, but it does not give you a real idea how the interface of a theme really feels. It can easily happen that screenshots of a theme look great, but the theme feels a bit jittery or has long loading time. With a demo you can also see if the theme does not use to many unnecessary images instead of CSS.

2. Choose a theme that is responsive

The number of people browsing the web using a tablet or smartphone is still growing. To be able to show your website correctly in all these different formats/dimension you website will need to automatically adapt. We call this responsive design. If you choose a theme, check the live demo of the theme and resize your browser. If the theme is responsive it will automatically adapt.

3. Check if the theme has good support

If you run into problems, good support can save the day. To check how good the support is, go to the support section of a theme and see how many questions get answered and what the response time is. Don’t get put off by complaining customers in the support section. Most customers who post on a support section are complaining, this is because people only visit a support section if something is not working correctly.

4. Make sure the theme is easy to customize

As mentioned before, some themes have several elements you can change. You may be able to change the font, color choice and even the size of the text or different elements on the page. Other themes are set. You get what you get. If you want a unique page with little effort, a highly-customizable theme may be a better choice for you.

5. Choose a theme that fits your industry

A website designed for IT professionals would be quite different than one developed for preschool teachers and one developed to house a restaurant’s menu would be different as well. Keeping your industry (and thus your target audience) in mind is key to choosing a theme that will meet all of your needs and help you accomplish your goals.