Blogging, once upon a time I thought it was simple, just open up a new post and write. However, as the world of blogging has evolved so has the need for your blog to look good, work quickly and allow you to stand out from the crowd. As such choosing your theme for your blog no matter which platform you choose to use, is a big thing and while we all know there is a host of free designs out there, for me, I have chosen to buy themes for a number of years now.
Why Pay for a Theme?
Something I quickly learned with WordPress, is people will exploit a weakness in themes or plugins to gain access to multiple blogs at once, injecting malware to make that blog then work to their advantage. If you pay for a theme from a company, they are more likely to keep on top of any issues and release updates to patch problems very quickly.
It can also mean you have support from the outset, helping you with any issues you may encounter when it comes to setting up the theme for your blog.
Where to Buy a Theme?
There are numerous places out there to buy themes from, I would suggest talking to other bloggers and seeing where they suggest, depending on your budget. Some of these places will offer one-off payments for a theme (which then might need a smaller fee later on if you want continued support), while other places such as PixelGrade offer a subscription service. This gives you access to a database of themes, for which you can pay for access monthly or yearly and swap between the themes offered as much as you like.
What Makes PixelGrade Different?
If you like the idea of signing up for a service such as PixelGrade, then let me tell you a little more about them. A relatively new company PixelGrade offer a range of different WordPress themes, with their collection only set to grow from here. Sign up can be bought on a monthly or yearly basis at $9.95 per month or $99 for the year.
Before you pay however you will be given a 14-day free trial, during which time you will be able to download any of the themes and play with them. Giving you time to get to grips with all the features. What’s more, they also offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you really aren’t happy for any reason you can get your money back.
What Makes the Themes Stand Out
While all the themes are ready to go and look beautiful as they are, they are also 100% customizable, PixelGrade isn’t going to suddenly tell you oh no you can’t do that, allowing you to take the theme of your choice wherever your imagination can take it.
Personally I think my favourites of the bunch have to be Hive and Silk, both offer a very clean layout design, which is perfect for blogging. Silk has the added extra of a featured post area, which for some bloggers is must, while others decide to go with just showing the newest posts, for which Hive offers a clean picture perfect layout, which will work in any lanuage.
If you want to upload a theme to your website, the process is extremely simple and just takes a few button clicks. Firstly your going to want to download it from your dashboard, then upload the file it to your wordpress backend. After this, you can play around with the design to make it work for your blog, before you choose to fully activate it. If you have any issues, then the team will always be on hand to help you with those niggles and hopefully get the theme working for you as quickly as possible.
It is worth noting with the plans mentioned above, you can only use the themes on one website, if you are wanting to use the themes on more than one website, then just get in touch and PixelGrade can send you in the direction of their pro plan.
So if you are thinking of upgrading your theme, why not think about buying one and checking out what PixelGrade have to offer?
Where is your favourite place to buy themes?