So you’ve started a self-hosted website with WordPress and are ready to learn how to install WordPress themes. Here is a quick walkthrough of exactly how to do that:
As you can see from the video, learning how to install WordPress themes is easy. But, choosing from the thousands of themes available today is not so easy. It can be option overload if you’re not careful, so it’s a good idea to spend some time thinking about what you want before you choose.
When I first started this website, I thought I knew what I wanted and learned how to install WordPress themes. Later, I changed my mind about the look and feel and picked another theme (paid this time). Then I changed my mind again and did a little more research and picked yet another one (also paid). By the time I was finally settled, I had gone through (and paid for) 7 themes and wasted about 2 months of work. Needless to say, I do not recommend this approach.
Here are some things to consider before you choose your theme:
- How do you want your website to look & feel? Formal, fun, minimal, etc. – what is your preferred look?
- What type of features do you want it to have? Aside from a blog, do you need it to have a storefront, social media integration, or any other special features?
- What will you be using the website for? Is it simply to give information about your shop or restaurant or do you need it to be completely optimized for the search engines right off the bat?
- How techy are you? Are you willing to use some html or css code to customize your website or do you prefer not to code at all?
- What are you willing to pay for the perfect theme?
Once you know what you want, the video above will show you how to search for free and paid themes and install them.
Links & Resources from the video:
To peruse free themes – follow the steps listed in the video
StudioPress – Paid themes using the Genesis framework, excellent for search engine optimization. This is the them I use and recommend (I am an affiliate with StudioPress as well).
Elegant Themes – Paid theme with a good reputation. Also recommended by many professionals.
To learn the differences between Paid vs. Free themes, click here.
To learn how to setup a self-hosted account using Bluehost and WordPress, click here.
**NOTE**If you choose a paid theme from StudioPress, please stay tuned for my next video on installing a StudioPress theme. They require a few more steps than what is outlined in the video above.
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