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  • Are the two default themes that come included in a one-click install of WP … worth keeping and using to build a website? e.g., are they on-par with other free themes in terms of features & benefits?


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  • well, no. But, they are are a good starting point if you want to build a custom theme.

    Yes inbuilt themes are most useful themes in deploying websites.

    I would keep them in case you have an issue and need to test by using the default theme to rule out any Theme-related problems.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad


    Features: depends on what you want or need. Themes are all about style, so features are typically options to set the style and layout.

    Benefits: default themes are the only ones used for fallback when the active theme has an error. They also have seen more use than other themes, so problems are less likely.

    My own use: keep the default for fallback, but use something I like better (I use one I wrote or one I’ve used for years).

    Two of my favorite themes are Twenty Fourteen (and all it’s variants) and twenty seventeen.

    Great starting points and perfect for testing.

    @ All: Thanks for the quick, helpful input. I can see why WP is lauded for its strong community feature. Sounds like I should consider a couple of the default themes versus a few other themes as I also pick a site-builder app like BoldGrid or Elementor [as I am not a coder who is trying to DIY build a first-time site].

    (1) If I build a 12-page website by adding a non-default theme (like Page Builder Framework) plus a site-builder like SiteOrigin\PageBuilder … but I keep the default themes for backup/testing, does that bloat my site in terms of too much code or front-end size … such that it will slow my TTFB loading/rendering … and thus hinder my SEO and search rankings?
    (2) Is there an easy way to know if a theme is based on a framework like Headway or Thesis … to be able to keep my changes in a child-theme to preserve them against theme or core code updates?
    (3) How do you all pick a theme, with so many options? i.e., besides trying to compare reviews and author support, do you just assess how many style elements you would keep versus change?

    @ Jan: for questions like mine here [essentially, trying to learn a bit before starting to build], should I be posting to the “everything else” / misc. forum instead of “FixingWP”? Just curious, as I want to ‘ask the right way’.

    1) You can have many themes installed, but only the active theme is loaded (or parent and child are loaded). If the framework or page builder is a theme, it is loaded, otherwise it is a plugin so it is loaded when activated. SEO is affected by page load time, so if it loads fast you are fine.

    2) Read the theme description. You should probably always use a child theme if your site has custom stuff. Then when you want to switch themes, you have all your custom stuff in one place and can clone the child to work with the new parent theme. Or don’t do anything custom and you would be able to switch themes easily at any time.

    3) Themes are all about presentation, so get one that looks close to what you want and tweak from there. Or get one that is really flexible and use it for everything. (I don’t look at reviews or support at all, but then I’m a programmer so that isn’t important to me.)

    Thanks, Joy.

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