In this tutorial you will learn, what are themes? How to choose a theme for your website? As well as how to upload and install a theme? After setting up your WordPress on your website the first thing you need to do is install a theme and then customize to build the website.
There are so many themes are available in the online marketplaces. But, the question is whether you select a free theme or use a premium theme for your business? Selecting a good theme is must for your business reputation and professionalism. You have to choose a theme depending on your type of your business.
What are Themes and How to Choose One for your Website
What is a Theme?
A collection of files that work combined to produce a graphical representation can be termed as “Theme” which is used to create unique designs for a website or blog. These categories of files are also called template files.
WordPress themes generally contain the following things available for customization:
- The design or style of website
- Styles for menu
- Locations of menu
- Design of fonts
- Theme colors
- Locations for widgets
- Page layouts
- blog posts styles and blog archives
- Other options like Responsive design or parallax styling
How to Choose a Theme?
After installing WordPress, it will automatically install its basic theme. It looks like below:
The above theme is called Twenty Seventeen. The design is very simple and clean. The only one problem is it’s very common, though it’s a basic theme of WordPress. But, it is recommended that your website have your own identity and design to make it completely unique.
To find a good theme you have many choices including WordPress developers because they will help you make your site great. There are many websites like Mojothemes, Mythemeshop, Templetemosters etc, where you will find excellent pre-designed themes with drag and drop facilities.
How Many Types of Themes are Available?
In the next few steps you will learn how to get started with a theme. There are two choices to select a theme.
A. Free Themes
B. Premium Themes
A. Free Themes: How to choose a free Theme?
There are thousands of free Themes available on WordPress platform; which you can use without spending a single penny. To get started with a free theme follow the below steps:
Step 1: Go to “Appearance” section on the left side of your WordPress dashboard and hover on Appearance and then Click > Themes.
Step 2: A new page will open here and then Click > Add New.
Now you can get all free themes from the WordPress free Theme section. The main attraction here is choosing a nice theme for your new website. Here you can select themes by specific category like Featured, Most Popular, Latest, Favorites.
Also, you have the filter option from Colors, Layouts, Features and Subject which you can find from Click > Feature Filter. So you are getting all the options to choose the best theme for your dream website. After selecting the theme you like just hover over theme and click on install button and the theme will installed on WordPress.
B. Premium Themes: How to Choose a Premium Theme?
Definitely, premium themes come with $$$. If you want to build a website that looks very different from others and professional, and more robust then premium theme is the right choice for you.
For a typical WordPress Theme, it costs near about $60 to $100 for a quality theme with continuous support.
At the same time, for a potential WordPress Theme its cost depends on how much changes and customization’s you want? It might cost from $500 to $5000 depending on the complexity of your changes of the themes look.
However, Premium themes have so many good sides compared to Free Themes. Just for example, you need an immediate support for your website, because of some malfunctions in the theme code. If you have a premium theme then you will get superior support if anything goes wrong with your website. They will fix it immediately. For instance, ThemeForest has excellent customer support with top coders and have expert persons available to provide rapid solution.
TOP-SELLING THEMES ON THEMEFOREST:
At the same time, some other great features are well structured, SEO Optimized well coded and light weight pages which is good for your website. Also, you will get awesome page builders, through that you can make your own design and layouts or templates.
Most of the time for myself, I buy Theme Genesis. It gives tons of opportunity to modify your Theme’s looks; if you know coding. If you don’t have coding knowledge still it’s super flexible to use. Even WP AcademyPro.com Built on Genesis Framework along with a Child Theme and which gives rock solid security.
But whenever I build a website for clients I mostly use Elegant Themes. They always provide excellent customer support. They have 87 Themes and 6 Plugins which you can buy only for $69 for one year for your personal website or blogging purpose.
How to Install Premium Themes on WordPress?
Are you excited to install your premium Theme? Let’s do it.
Step 1: Login to your Dashboard using your user name and password.
Step 2: Go to “Appearance” section on the left side of your WordPress dashboard and hover over Appearance, and then Click > Themes.
Step 3: A new page will open. Then Click > Add New
Step 4: While the below screen open Click > Upload Theme.
Step 5: Finally enter Choose File to upload the .ZIP file of the Theme from your computer and Click > Install.
Now you are all set. You site is now running with your nice looking premium Theme. Now you know how you choose a free of premium theme, how to upload and install a theme on your website using WordPress. Happy blogging.
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