Wordpress Theme and Seo results

by pollini 20 replies
Hi

I hope its the right forum, but im wasting some time on this and cant come to solution. I know its a dumb question.
Im looking for a wordpress theme, welld one for Seo cause I dont have much knowledge for making one.

If I check on internet everyone claims to produce the best seo wordpress theme and so on.

So how u decide ? Dont have money to try them all and I think its important step.

Instead of getting comments like " template xxxx : this is the best ..." and so on.

How about you just point at good seo results that you did with a theme ?

thanks !
#search engine optimization #results #seo #theme #wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author fpforum
    When it comes to themes you probably want to make sure they are responsive (mobile friendly) and ideally use good coding (like CSS)..This is about the only thing in themes that will play into SEO. The rest is going to come from content, backlinks, hosting (loading times play a role), permalink structure, and SEO plugins such as SEO Ultimate.
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  • Profile picture of the author pollini
    using gtmetrix and knowing its 90%+ result, it means its okay or I've to check something else also ?

    Ofc mobile friendly check
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  • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
    Originally Posted by pollini View Post

    So how u decide ? Dont have money to try them all and I think its important step.
    Well, usually SEO is a bullet point in the feature list, and most generic themes do equally good job at implementing the basics. It's just a few lines of HTML code. Any proficient theme coder can do it.

    I haven't really been paying attention to these so-called SEO themes except for reading SEO-Dave's stuff on this forum. It's simply not on the top of my list of things to consider. When it comes to more advanced stuff like link structures and keyword research the themes are not equal, but even then it's not such a major thing from my point of view.

    What do your prospective SEO themes promise beyond the obvious basics?
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  • Profile picture of the author seothink
    Wordpress is always seo friendly blog .
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by seothink View Post

      Wordpress is always seo friendly blog .
      That's not true. WordPress (dot org) allows as many changes to shoot yourself in the foot as any other CMS. The themes are sort of mini applications, which means that badly coded theme can make your whole site practically invisible to Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nabaleka
      Originally Posted by seothink View Post

      Wordpress is always seo friendly blog .
      Out of the box wordpress is not SEO friendly, You have to customize it to become what you want.

      As for the question, I would not worry about my theme of choice since there are many plugins out there that can turn any WordPress theme to be SEO optimized. With plugins, you can change your theme but the SEO settings remain the same on plugins.
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    • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
      Originally Posted by seothink View Post

      Wordpress is always seo friendly blog .
      A vanilla WordPress install has almost no SEO.
      Even many plugins are useless.
      The best SEO is often coded directly into a theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author pollini
    Im looking for something like this : .gravitatedesign dot com

    Hope is possible to link that

    Any theme suggestion ? I checked their info but cant find the template name, its wordpress ofc
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Research how to silo a website.

    Forget useless bloated themes (ex: most Themeforest themes) & keep the pages simple for both SEO & traffic conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author pollini
    like which ?

    I did some check, well avada, x- theme are some themes that people say are good.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim3
      Originally Posted by pollini View Post

      like which ?

      I did some check, well avada, x- theme are some themes that people say are good.

      How many sites are you going to build?
      How much can you afford to pay?
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      • Profile picture of the author pollini
        Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

        How many sites are you going to build?
        How much can you afford to pay?
        actually just 1 , and I was looking for something like 60-70 dollars
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim3
          Have you decided to go with Wordpress just 'for SEO reasons'?
          If so, then pay most attention to post 8

          Then worry less about the theme and more about relevant content and good backlinks which will help your SEO more than any theme ever will.
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  • Profile picture of the author KhalidElsheikh
    wordpress allow you to make on-page optimization and it let you to kill it if you want too.
    seo theme should be:
    responsive
    lightweight
    on the main page: h1="website title", only one H1 tag
    on post page (single.php): h1=post title, only one H1 tag,
    few, solid css
    minimum php code possible
    thats what is think
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
    The cheap $38 ones on Themeforest are good for a start. You won't have excessive coding and features all over the place where every little change on the site is coded into a on/off switch through the admin.

    The $38 ones are lighter and have less features. You can optimize the header tags from there and use an SEO plugin like Yoast to help you.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by Nabaleka View Post

      Out of the box wordpress is not SEO friendly, You have to customize it to become what you want.
      That's not really true either. WP core does about everything it can, which is search engine friendly slugs and redirects when you change the slugs. Using WordPress "out of the box" in my mind would mean one of the default themes, and AFAIK they're not terrible for SEO.

      Originally Posted by Nabaleka View Post

      With plugins, you can change your theme but the SEO settings remain the same on plugins.
      This is a good point.


      Originally Posted by Chris Lee View Post

      The cheap $38 ones on Themeforest are good for a start. You won't have excessive coding and features all over the place where every little change on the site is coded into a on/off switch through the admin.

      The $38 ones are lighter and have less features. You can optimize the header tags from there and use an SEO plugin like Yoast to help you.
      I've found that using Themeforest themes is often just asking for trouble. At least you need to really do your research, and try to see if the theme author knowns what he/she is doing. It's a marketplace with no barrier of entry, and there's nobody there to evaluate the code quality or coding standards. I've seen Themeforest themes that are so completely brain-dead that it boggles the mind.

      Vendors such as iThemes, StudioPress or Elegant Themes tend to be more reliable when it comes to code quality and functionality, but of course there's no barrier of entry to become a "theme vendor" either.


      Originally Posted by pollini View Post

      hows that ?
      The service only checks for certain things (that they pretty clearly specify), and the code it's based on is heavily biased towards WordPress Theme Review rules.

      Does it matter for your particular scenario? Sure doesn't matter to me.

      One of the themes I use got zero as their result, and some of the critical errors they list are completely absurd. You can't read stuff like this for only the score, but you need to see what the results actually say, and you need to understand the complaints in the context. For example, it's unlikely that "malware" actually means malware.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekmagill
    Nobody here is really giving any answers. Let me change that.

    First, Wordpress as a platform is not necessarily better at SEO than anything else, other than the fact that it has a blogging platform built in, which can be important. As with any site, Wordpress SEO will require some customization.

    Second: Building your SEO settings into a theme is not necessarily the best idea since if you ever change the theme, you lose your SEO settings. That said, if I were to recommend one theme for SEO, it is on the Genesis platform by StudioPress. It's lightweight, well coded, fast, and it comes with built in SEO features.

    BUT

    Don't use their SEO settings. Set up their theme, or another WordPress theme, any theme, and use the free Yoast SEO plugin instead. This will allow much better SEO customization than any theme and it will allow you to take your settings to another theme if you switch.

    The Yoast website has tons of tutorials for using their plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pdomain
    For choosing a Wordprss theme for SEO, you have to think of users, how clear, good it is to your visitors, how fast it loads thats it.
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    • Profile picture of the author pollini
      Originally Posted by Pdomain View Post

      For choosing a Wordprss theme for SEO, you have to think of users, how clear, good it is to your visitors, how fast it loads thats it.
      Thats why Im thinking something like gravitatedesign dot com
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  • Profile picture of the author pollini
    if I check avada, sepwptheme, smallbiz by expandweb and so on, and I check The Web Template Verification Service

    seems they all crap

    hows that ?
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