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Signs that you need to change your website design – Part 2

Templates are files that control how your WordPress site will be posted on the Internet. These files draw information from your WordPress MySQL data and generate the HTML code that is forwarded to the web browser. 

With its powerful theme system, WordPress enables you to define many templates as you want for a theme. Each of these template files can be set up to be used in specific situations.

If WordPress permits these modifications and facilities for designing your website, it is not the time to think about a change?

In the first part of this article, we saw two signs that may alert you to the need to modify the design. Now we will see some points that will help you confirm your suspicions.

3. The template is not adapted to different devices

Today the traffic comes not only from desktops or laptops. Over the months and years, mobile devices have become more popular and used to navigate websites.

Depending on the niche and industry in which you are, I am sure that a significant percentage of all your views come from mobile devices such as smartphones (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone) or tablets as iPad.

All webmasters must be prepared for that, so users can have an optimal experience on any device, either a 27-inch iMac screen or a mobile phone.

Today many of the premium themes that we can find in WordPress are ready for all kinds of resolutions and devices. Make sure you also meet these requirements.

How do I know? It’s very simple: visit your blog or page on your phone or iPad and if you see all the content, your theme is mobile responsive, if not… you need a change urgently!

4. Confused structure and navigation

There is no more frustrating than getting to a web page and see all jumbled up without order and with a confused structure.

The goal of any web page or blog is not to offer the most exquisite design and leave with their mouths open to visitors. This of course helps, but the priority is to always offer a simple navigation, accessible content and effective communication of what you want to tell your audience.

Always look for a WordPress theme that offers a simple, understandable and great design. You do not have to put too many banners, images or text in the sidebars. Only the essentials.

5. Improve safety, speed and load performance.

The template used in WordPress not only affects the appearance of the site or blog, also has a significant impact on safety, loading speed and, overall, performance of each page.

Before investing in a premium theme, check reviews of other users about the performance they have achieved: the time it takes to load each page, how well the sidebars with widget works, any kind of error that is present and security, the most important performance.

If you use a theme based on a framework like Genesis of StudioPress, the performance of your site will be even better.

You can protect very well your WordPress website with plugins like iThemes Security, but if you use a poor quality theme, poorly programmed or a malicious code, it will be difficult not to have safety problems sooner or later.

To check that you choose a quality theme and not have some sort of vulnerability, install the plugin Theme Authenticity Checker, which detects any failures or problems with the template.

We also recommend using Google Webmaster Tools, a set of free tools that Google provides monitoring the performance of your site in all aspects, including security and malware detection.

There is no doubt: best designs and templates are WordPress.

Thanks to its versatility and high standards, WordPress offers the possibility of using templates of the highest quality and adapted to the latest web standards (HTML5, CSS3, mobile responsive, etc.)

Don’t hesitate and install now a new WordPress theme on your website. Here are the websites that provide excellent themes: 

StudioPress

Woothemes

ThemeForest

ElegantThemes

Check these 4 sites (or any other), choose your favorite theme and start to set today. A contemporary design equals a new life for your WordPress blog or web page.