Developing premium WordPress themes can be an incredibly rewarding process. Not only do you get to express your creativity through unique design, but you also get to showcase your coding skills by developing a theme that looks great and works seamlessly. While every theme is unique in its own way, there are some things all the best-selling themes have in common that you can do to make sure you end up with a theme that packs a punch.
Developing Premium WordPress Themes Always Begins With Researching
The first, and most important thing you have to do when developing premium WordPress themes is doing your research. Clearly define your target buyers, determine which design is most likely to grab their attention and which features they’ll be looking for when buying a theme. Check out the standards and best practices of the industry you’re targeting and what your competitors are doing and find an opening to do something different and unique.
Build Your Own Theme Options Panel
Many developers decide to create their own custom theme options panel when developing premium WordPress themes, and for good reason. This will not only help you stand out, but also enable your buyers to customize your theme easily, without having to write a single line of code. Including a custom options panel will make your theme more versatile and appealing, and the best part about it: it only requires some minor additions to your theme’s functions.php file.
Shortcodes enable you to quickly include additional features into posts, pages, or even widgets without having to write any code. This will especially appeal to beginners, but it can save even advanced users a lot of time. Using shortcodes, you can add many features, whether you need a simple button and you don’t want to play around in CSS, or you need something more advanced, like a responsive slider, or a survey form.
Keep Everything Up To Date
When developing premium WordPress themes, you have to pay close attention to even the smallest details and test your theme throughout the development process. Keep the third-party plugins up to date, not only to get all the latest features, but to ensure the highest security and avoid bugs that have been long fixed. Also check each and every plugin for cross-compatibility. Outdated or conflicting plugins can even end up bringing down an entire website or pose a serious security threat for your buyers.