Choosing the right theme is a crucial step when developing a WordPress website. Themes now go beyond simply changing the look of your website (ie layout, graphics, css etc) but are more like an integrated software and now come with an assortment of plugins & functionality.
A common mistake made by businesses or individuals selecting WordPress themes is that they are influenced mainly by the stock photos that come with them. So if a cooking company would choose a theme it would likely include cooking stock photos or a construction company would likely select a theme with stock photos of construction.
The right way to choose a theme
Ignore stock photography
Instead of looking at the stock photography used in the template it would make more sense to look at functionality, support, plugins, layout and downloads/reviews to see how credible the template is. The stock photography that come with WordPress themes can be purchased for only dollars from sites like dollarphotoclub.com and istockphoto.com.
Does it include a page builder ?
WordPress themes typically include page builders which allow website administrators to easily manage the layout and elements on their web pages using an easy to use drag & drop interface. When using these page builders to add elements on page they generate what is called a shortcode which is essentially just a special tag that gets translated into different content on a webpage. Switching themes can have detrimental effects because the shortcodes can no longer be translated and aren’t compatible with the new page builder associated to the new theme.
3 of the top WordPress templates currently found on themeforest.com are below with their associated page builders: