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How to Install a WordPress Theme

October 19, 2014 0 Comments

How to Install a WordPress Theme

Blogging and WordPress are the peanut butter and jelly of the online writing world. Both are awesome on their own, but when you put them together, that’s when the magic happens.
If you are a business owner or just have something to say, blogging allows you to get your word out to the online community. Whether you want to write about the antics of your cat, or the benefits of your product versus that of your competition, blogging and WordPress will help you reach your goal.
In 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little changed the way we create webpages. Their program, WordPress, is a free tool that allows you to easily create or update your blog and other content. The beauty of WordPress is, that you can easily customize and view your page, before cutting it loose onto the world. Back in the olden days, you wrote your HTLM code in Notepad, then opened a browser window to view the website. This was a very cumbersome process.
Today, we have WordPress, with a 1-2-3, bada bing, bada boom, you have changed the look of your website. Yes, it really is that easy.
So, if you are tired of the theme you are using, follow these easy steps to change your theme and bring your website back to life.

Download a New Theme

Open WordPress.
WordPress opens to the WordPress dashboard. Scroll down the left menu and click on “Appearance.”

The Theme window will open.
Click on the “Add New” button, either one will work.

In the top menu bar are tabs Labeled “Featured,” “Popular,” “Latest,” and “Feature Filter.”

Featured Tab
The “Featured” tab displays 15 featured themes. To preview one of the themes, hover over the image and select “Preview.” If you are sure this is the theme you want to use, hover over the image and click on “Install.” If you want to know more about the theme hover over the image and click on “Details & Preview.”
Popular Tab
Click on the “Popular” tab to see a list of the 100 most popular themes. The themes are listed in order of most downloads. To preview one of the themes, hover over the image and select “Preview.” If you are sure this is the theme you want to use, hover over the image and click on “Install.” If you want to know more about the theme hover over the image and click on “Details & Preview.”
Latest Tab
Click on the “Latest” tab to view a list of the 100 newest themes in WordPress. To preview one of the themes, hover over the image and select “Preview.” If you are sure this is the theme you want to use, hover over the image and click on “Install.” If you want to know more about the theme hover over the image and click on “Details & Preview.”
Feature Filter Tab
The “Feature Filter” tab allows you to select the features that you want in your theme. Select the features that you want, for instance you are looking for a theme that is blue or red, has two columns, and is a responsive layout. Select the features that interest you. Once you have selected the features, click on “Apply Filters.”

WordPress will return all of the themes that fit your selection criteria. Hover over a theme, then click on “Preview” to see how the theme will look. Click on “Install” to install the theme.
Once the theme is installed, WordPress will open.

The “Live Preview” link displays a preview of how the theme will look on your site. Don’t’ worry, this is just a preview and does not affect your current theme in any way. Once you hit the “Save & Activate” button, then your new theme will go live.
If you like the theme, but aren’t too happy with the appearance, don’t fret. You can make changed to the theme. That’s the beauty of WordPress. The most important thing is that you are happy with the way your site looks with the theme.
Live Preview
The beauty of the live preview is that you can view and customize your site all without disturbing your current layout. You can edit the theme then view all of the pages in your site to see what they look like. After you have customized your theme and are happy with the new layout, click on “Save & Activate.” This will make your new theme go live.
Common Theme Attributes
Site Title & Tagline – The site title is the name everyone sees when they come to your site. Our site title & tagline is Small Business Trends, Small Business News, Tips, Advice
Colors – With some themes you can change the background color.
Header Image – The logo that you use throughout your site.
Background Image – If you are not real hip on a colored background, you can set up an image as your background.
Navigation – This is the menu your visitor uses to navigate through our site.
Static Front Page – This is an awesome feature, as a blogger this will let you select if your blog is to show up on your home page or on another page within your site.
I hope you enjoyed part one of my WordPress series. Check back next week when I cover Plugins.
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WordPress Terminology

Theme – Allows the user to customize the look and feel of the webpage.
Responsive Theme – A theme that can be easily viewed on a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.
Free Themes – Themes that can be downloaded from WordPress.org. They are free to download and use.
Sidebar – Can be located on the left or right side of the page. This is a customizable part of the page where WordPress widgets are included. The sidebar is same for each page.
Commercial themes – These themes cost to download as opposed to a free theme that is free to download.
Widget – A small add-on that performs a specific function. These are usually included on the sidebar of the website. Common widgets are calendars, popular posts, or links to social media posts.
Plugin – Is an additional piece of code that enhances on your site. They can do almost anything from a giving you an easy way to use SEO for your site to adding contact forms. There are approximately 34,000 plugins to choose from.

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