Now, it is time to select the theme or the layout of your site.
At this point you have setup hosting for your site and you have selected a domain for your website. If you have not done this yet check out out previous blogs to help you. In addition, you have also downloaded and Installed WordPress by using the easy one Click feature.
What is a Theme and Why does it matter?
A Theme helps to personalize your website and will help to communicate with your audience.
The theme provides all of the front end styling of your site. Think it as the design, font styling, colors, page layouts and style for your blog post.
WordPress offers a wide range of themes to help get you started with your new website. I found it best to draw out a layout of how you want your site to look. The best way to do this is to imagine how a visitor will move through your website. Try to consider why a person is visiting your site to make their experience better. If visitors have arrived on your website, they are trying to take an action. It is helpful to be aware of the ‘Call to Action’ buttons. What is the user trying to do?
Selecting your Theme Step-by-Step:
Once you are in your WordPress ‘Dashboard’
- Find the ‘Appearance’ link. This will be on the left hand side.
- At the top you will see the first selection is ‘Themes’ -click on it and you will be able to view some of the available themes that WordPress offers.
- If you are looking for a specific theme you are able to enter the name in the search box that is provided.
- As an example type in Sydney in the search box and this will pull up the Sydney theme.
- Once you find the theme that you would like to use you will click ‘Install’ to start the setup.
- After this you will click ‘Activate’ at the bottom of the Theme image.
You now have a theme for your website. Be aware that your theme may not look like the picture that you have selected. You have a skeleton that you will be using to build your personalized website. More tutorials and step-by-step guides will follow.
The next part is to select the child theme. This is not a requirement but I like to do this so the customizations we make are saved.