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3.1 Wrapping Up

Hey welcome to the last video in WordPress Themes, Things to Check Before You Buy. With this last video for the course we're just gonna give you a reference that you can come back to anytime. We're just gonna power through a list of everything that we covered and then this can act as a reference or a reminder anytime you need to check on a new thing that you're thinking about buying. I'm gonna go through these pretty quick, so that it's something convenient you can come back to again and again in the future. All right, so first up you need to check for responsiveness and mobile friendliness. So start by doing just a manual resize of your browser window on a demo of the theme. Test it on all of the devices that you have, use Chrome Web Developer Tools to emulate devices that you don't have. And when you're going through this process, just check to make sure that there isn't anything that's too big or too small at any particular screen size. So images that are too big or too small, text that's too big or too small, and so on. Make sure that if the theme has multiple columns, that they collapse down at a smaller size. And check to make sure that touch, especially on navigation, on menus, is properly supported. Then you need to check for cross browser compatibility. So first figure out which browsers you need to support. Ideally do this with statistics that you have gathered from your own traffic. Install as many browsers as you can on as many operating systems as you can, and try to check all the different combinations that you have access to. And for other combinations of browsers and operating systems, you can use third party emulation tools. Next up, make sure that there's well crafted typographies. That just means make sure that everything is easy to read. Check on the default text size. Check on the headings, make sure that their sizes work for the different tiers one through six. Make sure that the spacing in between headings and text and in between multiple headings is good, and that you like the style. Look for comfortable line heights so that lines in a paragraph aren't too cramped up together or too far apart. And then have a look for extras like block quotes and lists and make sure that they're styled in a way that you like. You could check that the theme is ready in one way or another for the eventuality of there being no JavaScript active for a visitor. So install and use a no JavaScript toggle into your website, turn off JavaScript on the theme demo, and check that it doesn't completely break any sliders or menus. Make sure that any fonts are still looking good. And in the event that you have a theme that just can't work without JavaScript, make sure that it is showing a message to users so that at least they know why things aren't working properly. Then you just need to run through and make sure that you’ve got full compatibility with all the different WordPress templates, or the main WordPress templates rather, and that you have formatting support. So check out the comments section, make sure that’s all looking good. Look for left and right aligned images, check and make sure the blog is styled the way you'd like. Have a look at the single posts, single pages, and the archive pages, so for things like tags and categories. Try to find a theme that uses structured data so you have the opportunity to have rich search results show up in Google. To find out if that's the case, use Google's testing tool for structured data and look in the results that it shows you to see if the data you want Google to pick up on is displaying. Think ahead on what plugins you might need to use because it might be necessary or at least preferable to get a theme that's designed with those plugins in mind. So you think about if you're gonna need ecommerce and what kind of ecommerce. Think about if you're gonna want to do some type of community building on your site. Think about the possible need for event management, and have a think about the forms that you might wanna use on your site. For every theme you wanna make sure that it has a certain level of performance. To check on that you can run a performance audit in Chrome Web Developer Tools. You can test in Google PageSpeed Insights. And you wanna ideally get scores that are in the green on both of those testing platforms, and the higher the better with both scores. Use the network tab in the Chrome Web Developer Tools and check on the normal desktop loading speed and then also check on the Fast 3G load speed. With those tests you're aiming for a load speed lower than five seconds ideally, and the faster the better for retention and for conversion rates. And then finally, run an accessibility test on the theme you're considering purchasing. Install the Accessibility Developer Tools in Chrome and run the Accessibility Audit that it adds into your browser. And there you wanna look for a score that's in the green and again, the higher the score the better. So that's our summary. Come back to this video whenever you need to just run through that checklist when you're looking at a new theme that you're considering picking up. And with that, that wraps up our course, WordPress Themes, Things to Think About Before You Buy. I hope you found this all really valuable and that it does something towards making sure that your next website project is really successful in all the ways that you want it to be. So thank you so much for taking this course, and I will see you in the next one.

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