The first thing most people would like to do when they first create their site is changing their theme. WordPress themes are very robust and can easily be modified to your liking. There are a bunch of ready-made themes available for you to choose from. Whether you want to use a free or a premium theme, the options are available. What you need to do is a simple task of browsing the existing themes available to you through the Appearance menu.
Finding a WordPress theme
There are quite a few options for you to choose from. Let us look at the ones available for free first. Navigate to Appearance >> Themes or by visiting the themes page in WordPress.org. Once you are in the themes page you will see the themes which are already installed within your WordPress installation. On the upper left-hand side of your screen, you will see an “Add New” button. Clicking on it, will take you to the available themes for you to install through WordPress.org site. It is as easy as finding the right theme for you and clicking on the install button to install the theme. You can also preview the theme before installing it. Make sure that you do preview it thoroughly to ensure that it is the one that you are looking for. Once you have installed the theme, you will need to activate it for it to be operational.
Finding a Premium WordPress theme
There are a bunch of theme providers available to you if you do not mind spending a bit of cash. Although it comes at a cost to you, however, those providers have built their themes in a way for you to be able to tweak them easily. Here is a list of those that have a good reputation in the market
Elegant Themes is one of the well-known providers of WordPress themes in the market. They have created their drag and drop page builder, the Divi Builder. The builder helps you change the design of your website in an easy drag and drop way. They have also created a lot of other plugins which are incorporated in their designs for easy use. Their sales model is based on memberships where you do have access to all their themes to pick from. However, you will need to choose if you will be using the theme at one or multiple sites.
Themify have also built their drag and drop page builder plugin. They offer a broad range of themes for you to pick from. You will be able to purchase a single theme or join their club to choose from a variety of themes.
3. Studio Press
StudioPress is a well-known name in the WordPress space for their robust framework underneath their themes. Their themes’ framework is secure, search engine optimized, lightweight and updating it will not result in losing any changes you’ve made to it. The framework is built as a child theme which is why it supports instant updates without having to worry about losing the changes. The downside of Studio Press is that you will need to have a programming background for you to be able to extend their theme to its fullest.
Installing a standalone purchased WordPress Theme
To install any of the themes purchased through the website we’ve gone through above, you will need to follow the below.
- Download the compressed file from their website
- Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New >> Upload Theme
- Browse your computer for the compressed file you downloaded and select it
- Click on “Install Now”
- Once the installation completes you will need to activate the theme
I have decided to go with Studio Press for my WordPress theme installation even though I have little background in programming. I have come across another framework that gets installed on top of their Genesis framework which helps non-coders to use it somewhat easily. It will have a steep learning curve for me to be able to get it to work, which I am willing to fo through for the sake of joy.