After almost 2 months with WordPress I am considering making my first theme change. I have searched through the forums and picked up snippets here and there and some reviews. However, I would like to ask for up-to-date advice from various bloggers as to why they like a particular theme.
I currently use Sapphire and really like it for the most part. The only thing that makes me want to change is the lack of a sidebar on individual posts. For people with a lot of experience with various themes, which one most closely resembles Sapphire in terms of look, functionality, features AND has sidebars with every post?
When first starting out I didn't really consider the importance of those sidebars. After seeing a bump in traffic, I feel the lack of sidebars really limits the amount of time a first-time visitor will spend on the blog. Also, it reduces the accuracy of any hit counter embedded in a widget I believe (unless I'm off on this.)
Also, as a first-time theme switcher, any advice or potential pitfalls? I assume static pages I have made will have to be recreated? Widgets added again?
I'm really not a tinkerer and would prefer NOT to change but think I probably will. Any input on what difference sidebars make to page-views would also be appreciated. I have considered adding a link at the bottom of posts directing people back to the Home page but it would be annoying to have to do this.