Table of Contents
- 1 Template vs Theme
- 2 Where to Get Free Themes
- 3 How to Choose Themes
- 4 Themes That Are More Expensive Than $0
- 5 What About Website Builders?
The number of results comes as a pleasant surprise, but…when searching for “templates”, why does Google offer “themes”?!
Template vs Theme
Let’s look at the terminology.
The theme includes all of the things that are typically associated with web design, including color selection, headers, footers, sidebars, font style, margins and indentation, and line spacing.
So, to build a landing page from scratch you need a theme, not a template.
Let’s talk about what you need – free landing page themes.
Where to Get Free Themes
These are the themes from the official WordPress directory. They all go through a strict review process and are of high-quality. We strongly recommend using them.
One Page Love is a resource where you can find themes for all purposes. Looking through we found three free WordPress landing page themes. These themes differ in quality and functionality, and they are good to use.
How to Choose Themes
The landing page is a single page whose task is to sell your product. To do this, a landing page must:
- Describe the product and its price
- Not contain unnecessary information and functions
- Prove that your product is good using reviews
- Be optimized for quick loading
- Be understandable
Thus, we have prepared the checklist that you need to go through before downloading the theme.
Check Functional Blocks
Landing pages are built from blocks. Each block handles certain information. For example, the cover contains the title that very clearly describes what a visitor will get from the page.
For a complete description, the theme needs the following blocks:
- Features block
- Price tag block (if you sell something)
- Social proof block
- Email sign up form
- Call-to-action button
- Social networks buttons
Here an example:
Theme Can Contain Additional Blocks:
- “How it works” block
- Navigation block
- Photo & video block
- Product team block
- About company block
- Map block
Check Responsive Design
The landing page should be convenient to view on PC, tablet, and smartphone screens. It can be done through responsive web design.
Responsive web design utilizes CSS media queries to adapt web page style properties depending on the characteristics of the user’s device.
If the responsive design isn’t specified in the theme description, check it with a mobile-friendly test.
If this doesn’t work, check it manually in Chrome. Open the theme demo in Chrome and open Developer Tools (Menu> Tools> Developer Tools, Cmd + Opt + I on Mac or F12 / Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows and Linux). Toggle Device Toolbar by pressing on it.
Now, switch screen sizes and see how it looks. If the theme elements adapt to the different screen sizes, it has a responsive design.
Optimization affects the download speed and the ranking of the page. The higher the ranking, the better the chances that it will be at the top of the search results.
Before downloading any theme, look at the design features. A large number of animated blocks, video effects, and so on reduce the download speed.
Themes That Are More Expensive Than $0
On Colorlib and One Page Love, I’ve seen paid templates. Maybe it’s better to choose them?
It’s up to you to choose.
Before you buy templates, let’s talk about how they differ from free templates.
Free and Paid Themes Differences
Paid themes are less frequently used compared to free ones because of the cost. Plus, their customization options give you the ability to personalize your theme even more. This means that your landing page will look unique.
Paid themes can have poor code quality. This could make templates incompatible with some plugins or cause other problems. To avoid this, buy themes only from trusted shops and developers.
Where to Get Paid Themes
Themify is a well-respected shop. Here, you can get a “Landing” theme with a built-in drag & drop builder to customize it to your needs.
What About Website Builders?
Is there a way to create a landing page without getting into all those details?
Use a website builder.
Builders have drag & drop interfaces which allow building most website types. They are all hosted, so you don’t have to worry about setting up a host and connecting to a database like with WordPress. Also, all builders are optimized and have responsive design.
Is WordPress not a builder? Nope, WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS).
How to Choose Website Builders
Sounds great! What builder I should choose?
The right decision is to simply try one. Spend 10 minutes trying the free trial and you will quickly understand if it is the right fit for you.
But here’s something to think about: perhaps in future, you will want to add e-commerce features to your landing page. For example, you may want to add a buying feature so that visitors can get products straight from the landing page. We recommend Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly builders for their e-commerce features.
Website Builders Price Tag
All website builders have a monthly fee. We talked about three of them so let’s look at their price.
- Personal plan: $16.00/month vs Domain Name $20.00/year.
- Basic Commerce plan $30.00/month vs Domain Name $20.00/year
- Advanced Commerce plan $46.00 / month vs Domain Name $20.00/year
- Business plan $26.00 / month vs Domain Name $20.00/year
- Business plan $35.00/month vs Domain name $19.95/year
- Pro plan $18.00/month vs Domain name $19.95/year
- Starter plan $14.00/month vs Domain name $19.95/year
- Performance plan $46.00/month vs Domain name $19.95/year
- Connect Domain plan $6.90/month vs Domain name $14.95/year
- Combo plan $12.95/month vs Domain name $14.95/year
- Unlimited plan $15.95/month vs Domain name $14.95/year
- E-commerce plan $19.90/month vs Domain name $14.95/year
- VIP plan $29.90/month vs Domain name $14.95/year