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#WCDFW Presentation Choosing Themes &

  1. 1. graphicallydesigning
  2. 2. Working with themes & plugins Susan Ramsey
  3. 3. AGENDA  About Me  Introduction  Themes  Frameworks  Child Themes  Plugins: Free  Plugins: Premium  FAQs  Helpful Links  Q&A
  4. 4. About Me Susan Ramsey Fort Worth, TX Owner, Graphically Designing Where you’ll find me online:  Pretty Darn Cute Design – Theme Support & Customizations  StudioPress Community Forums – Moderator/Volunteer  Twitter: @GraphDesigning
  5. 5. Introduction What is a Theme?  A theme provides the user a way to control the look, design, functionality and presentation of their website.  It’s sometimes called the “skin” of a website, but it’s much more than that.  It’s a collection of files (“template files”) each of which provides different functionality.
  6. 6. Default Themes  Each WordPress install comes loaded with three default themes.  Even if you don’t use one of these themes, keep one in your dashboard. Ideal for Troubleshooting
  7. 7. How to Choose A Theme Select a Theme which is suitable for your business and/or niche  A theme which is designed for someone who blogs about their family is going to look and feel different than a theme design for an insurance company.
  8. 8. How to Choose A Theme Keep it Simple  Choose a theme which provides you with the functionality you need, rather than one which has all the “bells and whistles” Responsive or non-Responsive? Check Browser Compatibility Check Terms of Service
  9. 9. Free Themes Available through (or via your site’s Dashboard)  Support provided via WordPress volunteer support forums Available through Third Party Developers  Support may or may not be provided
  10. 10. Frameworks A Theme framework is a foundation for WordPress development, designed to be used with a Child Theme.
  11. 11. “Child” Themes A child inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme Child themes allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of that parent theme Updates to a child theme will not be wiped out when the parent theme is updated. Easier for new users to modify
  12. 12. Plugins Plugins are scripts which add to the functionality of WordPress. They enhance existing functionality, or new functionality. There are currently over 33,000 plugins in the WordPress Repository.  Spam Blockers  SEO  Email Forms  E-Commerce  Photo Galleries  Events Calendars  Newsletters  Social Media  Social Sharing
  13. 13. How to Choose a Plugin Determine Need – don’t add unnecessary plugins. Rating – check the rating and popularity of a plugin; how often has it been downloaded? Support – who provides the support? Is it free, or an additional cost? Check the support forum for the plugin – how quickly are support tickets responded to? Updates – when was the plugin last updated? Is it compatible with the latest version of WordPress?
  14. 14. Akismet – Spam Blocker
  15. 15. Yoast SEO
  16. 16. Free Plugins & Premium Plugins Free plugins are available through the WordPress Repository, or may be available outside of the repository. Many plugins off both a free version and a premium version.  Premium version offers more functionality, including “add-ons”  Dedicated support
  17. 17. Questions?