WordPress and Using Themes

WordPress and Picking Your Theme

If you are considering WordPress for the first time, you are probably wondering what is a theme and why do I need one?

The WordPress.com site defines a theme like this:

Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to “skin” your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a “skin.” Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.

Let me try to explain it…Wordpress needs a theme which defines how the site will function and how it will look.  The WordPress software comes with a basic theme but it is bare bones and not very fun.  So…there are themes out there that you can install, to change the theme from basic to fabulous.  With additional customization, the site then becomes your own, based upon your choice of theme.  The theme does limit the way your site will function but some of the colors, fonts and graphics can be customized, to make it more of YOUR site.  That is where I come in.  I cannot rewrite the theme, but change the way the graphics look within the theme.

So…how do you pick a theme?   Sometimes this can become overwhelming as there are so many choices out there.  There are free ones and those that have a fee.  There are Content Management Systems and Child Themes.  It can be very confusing.

Here are a few themes that I really like and would suggest as a starting point.  Of course, you are able to choose any theme you wish.  What you choose, might change the pricing of your package, so keep that in mind when you are “shopping” for your theme.

Click here to visit ProPhoto. – ProPhoto Content Management System and Child Themes.

Click here to visit BluChic. – Feminine Minimalistic Designs

Click here to visit Elegant Themes. – A huge variety of easy to manage and navigate themes.

Click here to visit StudioPress.com – Child Themes for the Genesis Framework