WordPress Beginner: Choosing & Customizing Your Theme

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WordPress Beginner: Choosing & Customizing Your Theme

  1. 1. CHOOSING & CUSTOMIZING YOUR THEME WORDCAMP NYC 2014 INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS Jamie Schmid hello@jamieschmid.com @jamieschmid
  2. 2. WHAT IS A THEME? GROUP OF FILES That control your site’s colors, layout & user interface. IT DOES NOT Store your content! AKA.. Global Template OFTEN DESIGNED FOR Special purposes: News, blogging, gallery, portfolio, real estate
  3. 3. FREE VS PREMIUM • Can experiment as much as you like • Downloadable across the internet • Non-reputable sites could have unsafe code • Not necessarily supported or documented • Limited functionality/features • Rarely updated FREE • Professionally designed & developed • Advanced features: ecommerce, styling, custom widgets, sliders, galleries etc • Great support/documentation • $30-$100 PREMIUM
  4. 4. WHERE TO FIND THEMES • WP Theme directory www.wordpress.org/themes • Or install directly through wp-admin • WooCommerce, Themify, WPShower • Do not just search Google & download any theme! FREE • WooThemes, iThemes, ThemeForest, Elegant Themes, Themify PREMIUM
  5. 5. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A THEME KNOW WHAT YOURE LOOKING FOR! • Create site goals • Inventory content you currently have or will have • List desired functionality: • Necessary vs nice to have • Blog, or full website/CMS
  6. 6. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A THEME DESIGN • Relates to your industry • Get as close to your final layout as you can!
  7. 7. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A THEME FUNCTIONALITY • Strive for simplicity • Load time? • Complex code? • Usable? • SEO friendly? • Plugins • Never pick a theme that handles your content • Once you deactivate the theme that functionality is gone • Ex: SEO functionality • Menus: 1 or 2 • Footer nav or widgets? • Ecommerce? • Sliders?
  8. 8. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A THEME CHECK FOR MALICIOUS CODE • Theme Authenticity Checker http://wordpress.org/plugins/tac/ BROWSER & DEVICE SUPPORT • What browsers/versions? • Responsive? • Check the demo! REGULAR UPDATES • Works with your version of WP
  9. 9. INSTALLATION/ SETUP • Download & install .zip file • Install directly through admin • Unzip & FTP files to wp-content/themes folder
  10. 10. CUSTOMIZING YOUR THEME • Customizer • Child Themes • http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes • Individual theme functionalities • Frameworks
  11. 11. THANK YOU! WORDCAMP NYC 2014 INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS Jamie Schmid hello@jamieschmid.com @jamieschmid

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