What Features Do You Want in a WordPress Theme?

By Courtney | Technology

Everyone has their own tastes and style preferences when choosing a WordPress theme for their business or blog.  There are a lot of features in WordPress themes I love and then there are a lot features I just loathe.  Again, this is just my personal preferences.

Some things I don’t like are:

1.  Sliders

Sliders are everywhere!  I admit they have their place but I don’t like them.  I feel like they take up too much valuable space.  Plus you have to keep the graphics in the sliders updated.  It’s just one more thing to add to my to-do list and I like to keep that as short as possible.  🙂

2.  Graphic Heavy

In my opinion a lot of designers/developers tend to use graphics when they could accomplish the same thing with CSS.  Graphics make a site load slower.   Oh and I especially despise larger header/logo graphics!  I don’t want to have to scroll down the page to get to any meaningful content.

3.  Poorly Coded & Commented

If a theme is poorly coded it is probably going to run slowly too.  And if it isn’t commented it makes it a little harder to make changes or customize the theme for a client.

Features I love are:

1.  Responsive

We live in a mobile world and sites need to be functional on mobile devices.  Responsive themes make this so simple!

2.  Full page and landing page templates

I love to have a choice of page templates.  For me a full page and landing page templates are a must have!  Others are nice but not mandatory.

3.  Focus on content

If you have a website or blog you have information to share.  I want a theme that is going to focus on that information, not ads, headers, optin boxes, etc.

What I really want to know is what features do you like or don’t like to see in a WordPress theme?  Do you like your front page to have a layout different then your blog page?  Do you like a lot of colors or graphics?  Tell me everything!