Finding a Great Theme
Once WordPress is up and running, you will need to log in with the details that you chose during set-up - usually at yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You will see the WordPress dashboard, a control panel that lets you work with your website, and a range of different menu items on the left-hand side. A good place to start is by selecting a theme, under the Appearance menu.
Using the 'Install Themes' tab at the top of your screen, you can explore an extensive database of layouts and website design. From conventional business layouts to distinctive and unusual looks, there are currently 1,607 themes available. After finding one that you like, installing is as easy as clicking the 'Install Now' button.
As well as these free WordPress themes that are available from within your control panel, many websites offer a great selection of themes - some of which are free, and some of which are 'premium' themes that incur a charge. If you are just getting started with WordPress, a free theme is a good choice. Of course, paying for a premium theme guarantees high quality, good performance, and continued support from the theme developers.
For professional WordPress themes, check out these websites:
Once you have installed your theme, you will be able to conveniently customize it to suit your specific requirements. You can do these using Widgets.
Many people choose WordPress Development because there are so many professional-looking themes available for it. However, it can be useful to tweak your chosen theme to make it more individual.
When a developer creates a theme, he will name specific areas of the layout that you can customize. For example, you may be able to change the menu at the top of your layout, a sidebar that runs down the side of every page, or the footer.
Under the appearance menu on your WordPress control panel, select the Widgets option. On the right, you will see a list of the different areas of your theme that you can customize. On the left, there is a range of included widgets that you can simply drag and drop into the relevant section.
Standard WordPress widgets include Links to other websites, an automatic list of your pages, and a calendar of when posts have been published. You can also install other widgets free of charge, in the form of plug-ins.
Use widgets to personalize your theme. Once you are happy, it is time to start thinking about the most important thing of all - you’re content.
Pages and Posts
A common obstacle for people that are new to WordPress is the distinction between two similar types of content - pages and posts. Whenever you want to publish something on your website, you will need to decide whether it is a page or a post and select the appropriate option.
Originally, WordPress only offered the ability to create posts - a term that is short for blog posts. Posts are content items that are time-specific and, when they are created, they have the current time and date attached to them. Creating a new post causes two things to happen:
- An individual web page is created with the content of your post
- Your post is added to a single page that collects together each individual post
This is perhaps clearer as an example - let's imagine you have a blog section on your website, at yourdomain.com/blog. When you publish a new blog post, a single page will be created - for example, this could be yourdomain.com/blog/my-post-name. But, at the same time, your blog post will be added to the central page at yourdomain.com/blog, giving your visitors the chance to see all of your most recent posts in one convenient place.
Posts are also added to your website RSS feed - more on that in our next article on advanced WordPress tips. Pages, on the other hand, are static items that do not have a date attached to them. They are the pages of your website that stand alone, offering general information about your business.