Getting Started With WordPress Themes for Beginners

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Getting Started With WordPress Themes for Beginners

  1. 1. WORDPRESSTHEMESHOW TO CHOOSE AND INSTALLWORDPRESS THEMES! Judi Knight New Tricks
  2. 2. HI!
  3. 3. I’M JUDI
  4. 4. I DESIGN WEBSITESWordPress Web Design &Social Media Marketing “It’s never too late!”
  5. 5. THEMES MAKE IT EASY
  6. 6. WHAT IS A THEME?WP needs a theme in order to work.WP comes with two default themes: • Twenty Eleven • Twenty Twelve
  7. 7. WHAT IS A THEME?Set of files that creates the Layout Look and feel Styling Format of content [ Framing ] of your website.
  8. 8. WHAT IS A THEME?Set of Files that Create a Specific Look with Headers Navigation Menus Sliders Content - Pages or Posts Sidebars with Widgets Footers
  9. 9. WHAT IS A THEME? • Blog Style • Magazine • Portfolio • Business • Grid • One Page Scrolling
  10. 10. THERE ARE . . .1,616 Free WordPress Themes wordpress.org/extend/themes (includes reviews) WordPress is Open Source
  11. 11. OPEN SOURCE GPLLICENSEOpen Source:• Can’t Sell Code• Can Sell Tutorials / Support /Upgrades etc.
  12. 12. PREMIUM THEMES http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercialYou are not buying the theme.You are buying:• Service and Support• Access to Documentation• Community of Users• Themes are Kept Up to Date
  13. 13. OMG! HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?
  14. 14. CHOOSING A THEMEWordPress needs a theme to run.Comes with two default themes: • Twenty Eleven • Twenty Twelve
  15. 15. CHOOSING A THEMEYou can choose from withinWordPress’s Theme Admin.Orhttp://wordpress.org/extend/themes/Orhttp://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial
  16. 16. ACTIVATING A THEME Live portion of our show!
  17. 17. CUSTOMIZING A THEME Live Portion of our Showhttp://theme.wordpress.com/themes/twentytwelve/
  18. 18. More on Choosing Themes
  19. 19. CHOOSE A THEME WITH:Active Support & Community
  20. 20. CHOOSE A THEME:with a child themeor create a child themeor make changes in a custom CSSfile.This keeps your customizations from beingoverwritten when your theme getsupgraded.
  21. 21. CHOOSE A THEME WITH:Built-in User Defined Options without coding( It is good to get to know a simple theme files structure to learn tomake changed to code yourself. But at first if you don’t know CSS thetheme options to change fonts, colors, type and other things can behelpful.)
  22. 22. CHOOSE A THEME WITH:Built-in UserDefined Options,Without Coding This
  23. 23. CHOOSE A THEME WITH:Changes toThemeMade in CSS Thi s
  24. 24. CHOOSE A THEME:Canvas: Plain Theme with User Options.Canvas with magazine style Customized Canvas
  25. 25. CHOOSE A THEME WITH: Design elements you like a) Corporate looking styling boxy, with gradients b) Artsy or feminine with rounded corners c) The sidebar elements with backgrounds or headings a certain way d) The posts with backgrounds or boxes or meta data in a specific style e) Minimalist, open with cool typography
  26. 26. WHERE TO START?Genesis Going Green Child Themes by StudioPress
  27. 27. WHERE TO START?Customized Genesis Going Green Child Theme http:cabbagetownchronicles.com
  28. 28. CHOOSE A THEME WITH: The parts you need in all the right places. a) front page static or blog-style or combo b) text logo or header container c) the navigation above or below header d) full slider, magazine slider or none e) the number and configuration of sidebars
  29. 29. WHERE TO START?Genesis Social Eyes Child Themes by StudioPress
  30. 30. WHERE TO START?Customized Genesis Social Eyes Child Themes http://care4japan.org
  31. 31. WHERE TO START?ELEGANT GRUNGE FREE THEME Elegant Grunge free theme demo
  32. 32. WHERE TO START?ELEGANT GRUNGE CUSTOMIZED http://baybottomnews.com
  33. 33. WHERE TO START? ELEGANT GRUNGE BLOG THEMEElegant Grunge Demo- free theme http://baybottomnews.com
  34. 34. WHERE TO START?BIG FEATURE CUSTOMIZED http://urbaneats.net
  35. 35. WHERE TO START?BIG FEATURE - GREAT TYPOGRAPHY Big Feature Theme Demo
  36. 36. WHERE TO START?BIG FEATURE Big Feature Theme demo http://urbaneats.net
  37. 37. WHERE TO START?ARTIST ? http://alicefranklinstudio.com Photocrati Theme
  38. 38. WHERE TO START?PHOTOCRATI THEME
  39. 39. WHERE TO START?ARTIST ? http://alicefranklinstudion.com Photocrati Theme
  40. 40. WHERE TO START?BUSINESS? http://drcrystalbarnwell.com
  41. 41. WHERE TO START?BUSINESS ? Genesis Serenity Child Theme demo by StudioPress
  42. 42. WHERE TO START? STUDIOPRESS SERENITY THEMESerenity Child Theme demo
  43. 43. WHERE TO START?ON THE GO THEME - HIGHLYDESIGNED http://theindie-pendent.com
  44. 44. WHERE TO START?ON THE GO THEME – HIGHLY DESIGNED On the Go Theme demo by Elegant Themes
  45. 45. WHERE TO START? DESIGN SKILLS NEEDEDOn the Go Theme demo http://theindie-pendent.com
  46. 46. CHOOSE A THEME:3 Plain Themes with Lots of Options• Canvas by Woo Themes (has slider options for business)• Prose Child Theme by Studio Press ( has a nice clean look)
  47. 47. CHOOSE A THEME:Easy Business Themes:• Agency Child Theme Genesis• Focus Child Theme Genesis• Serenity Child Theme Genesis
  48. 48. CHOOSE A THEME:Artists / Photographers/ Architects• Simplicity by Woo Themes (a lot of Woo goodies)• Photocrati ( has a lot of user options for styles)

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