Choosing a Magento theme is particularly hard because we plan to run a complete business through our Magento store and we cannot risk a bad theme simply because the online visitors are quite ruthlessly unforgiving. Failing to own an impressive and contemporary website will only mean a failure of business. You may have the best products available at the most economical prices, but none of that holds any meaning until you represent the same with a nice and impressive (and in the present context, Responsive) website.
If the decision is making you lose your sleep at night, worry no more. We are here to help you make the perfect choice for your Magento template. In this article, we have primarily divided the decision under two heads – the general aesthetics and the backend functionalities. A template is required to fare well on both of these criteria and only then will it become the right choice for your project. To know more about what all factors are included in the same, kindly read ahead:
The general aesthetics of the theme
While judging the template for its aesthetics, you should keep in mind the following factors:
#. Does the template correspond well with the logo of my company?
Logo is perhaps one of the few attributes which allow the business to mark a unique presence of their business, especially in the online world. Hence it is important to know that the theme is compatible with the logo. A lot of template developers provide a little white space on the top right hand corner. Ensure that the space is enough for you to demonstrate the logo. At this point also ensure that color scheme of the website compliments the design of the logo, or else opt for another.
#. Is the homepage adequate?
One of the new trends in the world of theme designing is to display an enlarged background image. It encourages a high level of user engagement. However, ensure that the image in the template does not make the website lethargic and also is followed by a definite call to action button.
#. How friendly the product pages are anyway?
And since we are talking about the aesthetics, one of the major concerns happens to be the product pages. A nice and thorough product page can lead the website to new found levels of success, whereas a poor and dysfunctional product page may make the online business go all kaput. While reviewing the product page options, ensure that there is an option for zooming in and viewing the images. Also, it would work in your favor if the template allows you to upload multiple images per product, since that is an intrinsic feature of Magento.
A theme providing through product listing features and multiple options to showcase the same is a theme that you are looking for.
Technical soundness of the template
It is a bit easy to get swayed with the design and the look of the website and not think too much about the functionality, but it often feels nice to be cautious in the beginning than to have a funny behaving dysfunctional website loaded with bugs and errors. To ensure the same, go through our technical recommendations for selecting a Magento Theme for your e-Commerce website.
#. Compatibility Studies -
Firstly ensure that the template which has caught your fancy is compatible with the Magento Version that you are using.
#. No Intrinsic Software Modules -
Also, the red flags should go up high if the template aims to employ its own software module, as the quality of the same is always questionable and unreliable.
#. Standardized Layout -
Ensure that the theme follows a standard layout. This will ensure that when it comes to changing certain parts of it, you are able to do it on your own, or seek help from the flourishing online community of Magento developers. If you are not sure what exactly we meant by layout, let us break it down for you – it means a collection of different elements on the page. Ensure that it matches the standards, even though the aesthetics and the colors are different.
#. Steer Clear of jQuery –
In order for a lot of these points to work, you would need to work in a live environment. If the theme developer is against that, you know better to waste your time and resources for that. Besides, you may also consider opting for offshore Magento Development services, where at highly affordable prices, you get a well built and customized Magento theme along with various additional services like search engine optimization, round the clock support and a lot more.
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