How to pick the perfect wordpress theme for your needs.
Now picking a wordpress theme can be difficult since there are so many and no single wordpress theme is created equal. In order to pick the perfect theme you'll have to do a few things.
First: Pick the right marketplace! I tend to gravitate towards themeforest.net because I've never purchased a bad theme from there. I try to avoid templatemonster.com because anytime I've bought a theme there it's either broke or it's extremely complicated to set up.
Second: The Reviews! We all know that people who are mad will usually leave a review and someone who is happy is less likely to. I've noticed that when it comes to people buying themes they are willing to leave a positive review if they truly like it, and that's good for us lol. A theme cold have 1,000 sales but only a fraction of those people leave reviews.
Third: The free upgrades and plugins! I love it when I see "$120 worth of plugins for FREEEE!!!!!" because I know that I'm saving a bunch of money just by buying this theme rather than setting up my own and buying the plugins myself Bigger sellers will offer more plugins than a new seller, and it's one of the reasons they sell so many themes. The little guys will get there, but they'll need to work out a deal with the plugin creators
Fourth: This isn't as important, but can be used as a metric when purchasing. Check how many sales that theme has done. If you want something that is unique, you won't want to buy something that has 1,000 sales. But if you plan on customizing the theme slightly, it doesn't really matter how many sales it has. Your content is going to be unique so even if you just set up the theme with it's default look, you'll be ok.
Fifth: The seller! Is this the sellers first theme or are they an elite seller with multiple successful themes on the marketplace? Someone who is just starting out may not have the same powers as a company who employs multiple programmers to fix bugs and do updates. I'm not saying you should sway away from new sellers, just ask questions before you purchase or wait for others to purchase and see what they have to say about it.
Sixth: The Comments! Read what people are saying in the comments. If they comments are negative then you may want to avoid the theme all together. But again, you have to take what people say with a grain of salt. The comments section could just be where people are going to vent about the simple problems they had with the theme, but it could have been their own stupidity that messed something up lol.