Fort Worth, TX
Owner, Graphically Designing
Where you’ll find me online:
Pretty Darn Cute Design – Theme Support & Customizations
StudioPress Community Forums – Moderator/Volunteer
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
It’s a collection of files (“template files”) each of which provides
Each WordPress install comes loaded with three
Even if you don’t use one of these themes, keep one
in your dashboard. Ideal for Troubleshooting
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.
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
Available through WordPress.org (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
A Theme framework is a foundation for WordPress development,
designed to be used with a Child Theme.
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
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.
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
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
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”