You have decided that you are going to use WordPress for your site and now you need a theme to help move that process along. Before picking a theme there are 4 major things about your theme to consider. Form, Functionality, Customizability and Cost. Each one of these matters in a different way and by considering all of them when searching for the correct theme you will ensure that your site meets your needs.
Form. I am sure you have heard the old adage “form follows function” this is very true but since we are making a website and not a building. As your search for a Retro WordPress Theme you will realize that there is literally 10s of 1,000s of them so don’t tie yourself down with something you don’t like the look of just because of one feature. Plenty of fish in the see find a theme that looks like you want your site to look like. Look at the theme’s demo page to get a good idea of what it looks like and if there is no demo site, skip over that theme and thank me later.
Functionality. Now you have to decide what kind of features you want your WordPress site to have. Responsiveness is one of the most important features you can get and by getting a responsive theme you are helping to future proof your site. Things like newsletters, social media connects and image sliders are all things that you can add using Plugins so skip over these as a functional advantage. Most importantly take a look in the demo at the shortcode page this will show you all the neato functionality tools.
Customizability. A good theme will have a nice page explaining how easy it is to change things like color, font and layout. More detail will be provided on that shortcode page we talked about. Sometimes a theme will be built on a framework and you should research about that framework, you might even find a YouTube video or two demonstrating how to customize it.