Successful Social Media Tip of the Day . . . How to Select a WordPress Theme
WordPress has so many site themes to choose from, how do you pick one that will work well for your site?
What is a theme?
A theme is a template for your site based on HTML, PHP code and CSS(Cascading Style Sheets). Most themes can be edited for color choice, backgrounds and adding additional Widgets. WordPress does have themes suited to certain types of businesses such as photography and travel, but if that doesn’t fit your type of content, there are other factors to consider when choosing your theme.
Here are a few tips to consider –
WordPress has default themes called year themes. Each year starting in 2010, WordPress has released their year theme. 2014 is the current year theme but does not replace older themes. Each year theme is specially designed with certain styles that differ from each other.
Some year themes are more mobile responsive which today is important to keep in mind. Choosing a theme that works well with mobile should be a must with more consumers viewing web pages from a mobile device it just makes sense to be able to have your theme work well on mobile.
* Don’t worry about changing themes if you decide what you chose is not for you. WordPress themes adapt rather easily.
* Themes have their own special style and do not all work the same on how posts and backgrounds display.
To view all the themes, go to your WordPress Dashboard menu, go down to the Appearance menu to open it up, then click on Themes.
See part of the theme option page below . . .
Here all the themes will be on display. Some are free and some come with a price tag. Remember, expensive is not always better. The great feature about WordPress.com is there are plenty of free themes that work well. You can click on any theme to give a test drive before you commit.
Once you have previewed all the themes you are interested in, you need to Activate the theme on your site. If your theme is free you are ready to go, if there is a fee, now click purchase to complete the activation of the theme.
Next, you should customize your header and header image. Go to Appearance menu on your WordPress Dashboard. Select the Customize option to view these features. Choose your text color and header image from your files. Remember to click SAVE before existing this menu.
Note – you can purchase a CSS customization widget on WordPress.com to make more customized changes to a theme if you find this necessary down the road.
* Header Photo Tip – look on the Custom Header Page for the pixel size your header picture should be. Each theme has different picture specification so be sure your photo has the right size in pixels.
Some themes can randomize your header picture. This feature is especially useful for photo or travel blogs. To find out if your theme has this feature, upload more than one picture on the Custom Header Page. If your theme does this, it will keep a thumbnail of each uploaded picture in the Uploaded Image section. If your theme doesn’t randomize header photos, it will just delete the old photo when you upload another photo.
Background colors – again, not all themes are equal. Some themes only show background color around the edge of pages and some will color in your posts. To change background colors, go back to your Appearance menu in the Dashboard and click on Backgrounds.
Be sure to always click on Save Changes whenever you make any changes so you do not lose your custom choices.
Remember – when choosing a WordPress theme, preview many, see how the themes respond vs what your site needs are, learn how to customize your theme and you will have an outstanding and unique site !
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