Choosing Your WordPress Theme.

Today is about what to think about when selecting your WordPress Theme.

There are so many wonderful WordPress Themes to choose from, some free  and some you pay for.

If you have already started to set up your WordPress blog as I showed you in our last post How to Start a WordPress blog, you will have reached the section on selecting a Theme.

Here I will tell you about three different Themes you could choose from,ones that I have used and what their features are.

If you are unsure of what Theme you might like, visit some of your favourite blogs and, if they use WordPress, scroll to the base of the home page where the Theme name is usually listed, (occasionally bloggers like to remove this information and the design is therefore unknown).

It’s important you think about what you want to be able to do on your blog, what is it about the appearance that matters to you?

Do you want to insert your own header design?

Do you want a sidebar menu? Which side would you like it?

Does the colour of the text / background matter to you?

Do you want your blog to be responsive Theme, meaning your site will adapt to  mobile devices and other formats, the site fits the screen of the device it is viewed from.

So now you’ve had a think about what it is you want here are the examples.

Twenty Twelve

This Theme looks like the image below, in it’s most basic format.

TAT1

The 2012 theme for WordPress is a fully responsive theme and its features include a front page template with its own widgets, an optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views, and an optional no-sidebar page template. You can also make it your own with a custom menu, header image, and background.

What I love about this Theme is how creative you can be with it. There is lots of information on the web about how to customise this Theme.

Blogs that use this format include The Adoption Social and The Puffin Diaries.

Forever

Looks like the image below in it’s most basic format.

TAT2

With this Theme you can customise the background, colours, header and menu. It is great for featured images and you can have a full width template to enhance the display of your images.

What I love about it is the clean simplicity of it.

I used this on the blog Freda and Me.

Oxygen

In it’s most basic form it looks like the image below

TAT3e Tr

With this theme you can customise the background, colours, header and menu. You can have featured images and slider images if you choose. You can have a post on your front page or feature small excerpts from your recent posts with a feature image.

This was the first Theme I ever used and I still love its clean professional look. 

Hope this has been helpful, next time I will show you how to create your own header design and insert it into your blog.

 

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