Posted on February 28, 2017

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

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The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

Welcome to the fifth week of my Complete Guide To WordPress blog course.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

This week we’re going to talk about finding and customising your theme.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

Open your WordPress dashboard and click onto ‘Themes‘ under Appearance.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

Here you can either upload a theme you’ve bought or browse the catalogue of free themes.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

I’ve seen one that looks decent, so I’m going to Install it. It’s called ‘Kale’.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

You can then ‘activate it’ or click ‘live preview‘.

If you click ‘live preview‘, it will take you take you to the customisation page where you can edit the theme and see the changes instantly.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

I’ve made a few changes to the header image and blog name.

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

This theme gives me lots of options to play with featured posts and sliders. As I only have two posts right now, I’m going to turn it off.

Different themes will give you different customisation options, so play around until you’ve found what you are happy with.

You can usually change colours of text/backgrounds, add headers, change how posts are laid out on your main page, customise your slider and more.

This is what the site currently looks like:

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

If you are wanting to buy your own theme, it’s important to know what want before parting with your cash. There are a lot of themes on Etsy and it’s worth having a look at a few before buying. My theme came with a bundle of 8 on special a special offer on Etsy which I think is a bargain.

Most themes average between £20-50. Custom themes are a lot more expensive so I wouldn’t get your heart set on that unless you’re willing to part with at least £600!

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Themes

Next week I’ll be showing how you can make your own header for free!

See you next week!

4 Comments

  • Reply candice February 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    These are some really great themes I got mine from pipdig and etsy before

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Reply Ela February 28, 2017 at 10:11 am

    There are so many great free themes in WP and you can do a lot of customisation. My first blog theme was a free one and it was good. I don’t think you get that many good ones with blogger. x

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Reply BeauTeagenes February 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    These posts are so helpful! When we were new to blogging we paid to have our blog moved over from Blogger to WordPress as it all seemed so overwhelmingly difficult. Your posts break it down and make it seem so much easier. Can’t wait until your next post in the complete guide to wordpress series 🙂 xxxx

    http://www.beauteagenes.com

  • Reply Rowena @ rolala loves March 1, 2017 at 12:12 am

    WordPress is definitely so much better than Blogger when it comes to themes. I really need to move on over! This is such a helpful series.
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