By the time you’re reading this, you may already have your own WordPress website or you now have access to a WordPress Themes. Granted, you may have encountered a menu item within your Upper Nav Bar on your Site or Left Menu Bar on your Dashboard called WordPress Themes.
Bling it up
WordPress themes enable website owners to design a website without having to write any code from scratch. Simply upload the theme’s file to your WordPress admin area after activating it from the WordPress directory or purchasing it from a third-party store.
With theme capabilities like these, a theme has the power to significantly alter the look of your website.
- Navigation menus
- Custom headers
- Custom backgrounds
- Post formats
An easy-to-use default theme is pre-installed on brand-new WordPress websites. Either utilize it or switch to another theme, either paid or free. Free themes are also included in certain WordPress hosting providers’ packages.
Remember that since WordPress themes frequently each have their own style and function, the design components could alter considerably if you replace them. For instance, some could work well for sophisticated commercial websites while others are ideal for straightforward portfolios.
Users may only activate one theme at a time by default. Install a plugin like numerous Themes to activate numerous WordPress themes.
WordPress Themes Repository
The WordPress theme directory is used by millions of WordPress users all over the world. A Theme is a group of files that serve as the site’s visual framework and include sidebar placement, style sheets, and page layouts. These files will control how your website visitors will see your blog articles and pages.
Just utilize the Search Bar on the upper right and type in keywords that are related to your desired design. Typing in Masonry will give results to themes that have a grid layout. You can find free themes that will suit your branding. Most of them will have a paid version which will unlock more features. Some themes will require another theme to be installed (known as Child Themes).
You have the opportunity to design your website and include necessary elements like your brand’s colors and logo when you choose your WordPress theme. From the WordPress admin panel, a variety of simple customization options for themes are available. Users without any programming knowledge can make the necessary adjustments to customize their theme. You can change background pictures, add a custom header, alter the fonts, font sizes, and colors by selecting from preset selections.
You are restricted to making only the modifications that the current theme permits, even though these adjustments can easily give an existing theme a customized look. Users must consult a theme’s style sheets—the cascading style sheets (CSS) that specify all of the theme’s parameters—for further in-depth customization. You must examine a theme’s style sheets if you want to change it in-depth or are an expert user. The “wp-content/themes” section on the website houses these themes.
To enter Customizer mode, from your WordPress Dashboard, head over to Appearance on your Left Menu Bar, and then Themes. On your active theme, click the Customize button.
Customization will vary depending on the theme you have installed.
For this particular theme, Profile Lite, we have some standard menus available: Theme Options, Site Identity, Colors, Header Media, Background Image, Menus, Widgets, Homepage Settings, and Additional CSS.
- Theme Options – this allows the option to enable or disable page or post title on the page.
- Site Identity – this is where users can assign your logo and site icon. Some theme will also let users disable site title and tagline.
- Colors – this option will allow users to change the universal background color of their site.
- Header Media – some themes like this will allow the site to have a header image requiring a particular aspect ratio.
- Background Image – if users are not particular in using a plain color as their background, you can assign an image to be spread or stretched out as your background.
- Menus – themes like this will let users assign one or two menu systems to their page. Header or Primary Menu, and Secondary or Footer Menu.
- Widgets – users can create an html page that will can be featured on their sidebar. Some themes will provide unique widgets users can use like posts widget, recents widget, contact widget, etc.
- Homepage Settings – this will let users decide whether they want their posts to be front and center of their homepage or to use a ready-made page.
- Additional CSS – users can further provide minor edits using basic CSS codes.
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