So how often should you change your WordPress theme? Every year or every other year. There are people who keeps changing their themes in every 6 months or so.
Daniel Socco has been publishing great content for 3+ years; the quality of the articles is always top notch but one thing I have noticed that DailyBlogTips has the same 3 column design since 2008.
Making small design changes is one thing and completely changing the design is another. I do make small design changes from time to time like recently I added search box in the header and improved the footer part a bit.
I guess you have your own opinion on this topic and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Reasons to change your WordPress theme
Big sites like Tech Crunch and TheNextWeb change their designs in every 2 years or so.
Small or medium sized sites, changes the theme too often. Why? Because they like to follow what top guys are doing in the industry. Do you remember how everyone switched to Genesis theme, when Darren Rowse made the switch to Genesis!
Over the course of 2 years, I changed the design of this blog 3 times. The first design was just a premium theme from themeforest, than I had thesis with marketer’s design theme.
The current one is built on Genesis theme framework with custom child theme.
Few reasons to change your WordPress theme:
- The theme is outdated or doesn’t support some of the newest features in WordPress.
- Your current design is too old and looks visually outdated.
- The framework or base script has not been updated in the years. If you’re using a theme framework like Thesis or Genesis, than it’s not going to happen anytime soon!
- You are currently using a free theme and want to take your blog to next level by getting a premium theme.
- You want to add new subscribe & call to action elements.
There are ton of reasons to change your WordPress theme, but it ultimately comes to you. You are the one who’s going to decide when to change the blog theme. Every time you change the WordPress theme, you should be improving the functionality of your website.
There’s no reason to change your theme, if it doesn’t improve or add any new functionality to your website.
Now, I invite you to share your opinion. What’s the perfect time to switch to another theme & how often do you change your WordPress theme? Please let us know in the comments below.