What is a WordPress Theme?
A WordPress theme is what affects the appearance of your entire website.
A theme encompasses
- font sizes
- font styles
- font colors
- page colors
- size of paragraphs
- heading sizes
- where menus are located
- if there are side bars
- where pictures are placed
- page layouts
- and the list goes on and on.
Anything and everything about the appearance of your website is affected by the theme.
You may find theme options in the WordPress admin area by going to Appearance>>Themes.
There are thousands of themes to select when starting your site. Some are free and some are paid. It can seem overwhelming, but remember: keep it simple.
First and foremost, think about what your website will need to function. What are your requirements and what will your customers need? Also, consider your business branding.
If you are browsing the internet and come across a website that you think looks good and would like to know the theme that is being used there is a useful service that can give you the name of the theme. The link below will take you to the site and just enter the URL of the website. I must warn you though, it can become quite addictive!
Other factors to consider include:
Customization: Do you need to change the color of your font or background? Tinker around with themes before you go live and see what options are available for you to customize.
Compatibility: What internet browsers does your theme support. You’ll want a theme that can be used by a wide number of browsers. Also, what plugins will work with your theme?
Responsiveness: Can the theme adjust across multiple devices from smart phones, to tablets, to desktop computers?
Ratings: See what other users are saying about the theme. How does it work for them?
WordPress have a huge amount of free themes available for you to use for your online business.
If you prefer, you can buy a premium theme.
The theme you are looking at here at Start Your Business Online is the Divi Theme from Elegant Themes. I changed over to a paid theme in the middle of last year because I wanted a certain look for my site and Divi gives me the opportunity to do this.
There are more than 80 different WordPress Themes available to choose with an amazing array of features.Click below to find out more about Elegant themes.
Other examples of premium WordPress themes can be found by clicking the links below. Have a look at these sites because they have a huge number of different themes.
When you first start out with internet marketing it is best to choose a theme you like and then change it as you gain more experience. You can change your theme as many times as you wish but I would always backup your site beforehand, just in case. This is another reason my sites live at Wealthy Affiliate. The sites are backed up automatically so I don’t even have to think about it.