Hey guys, welcome back to the next instalment of my blogging tips and tricks series, last time I went through ‘Creating A Blog’ and today I’m going to share with you ‘how to choose the right theme for your blog and how to edit it.’
I will be doing a two-part post sharing with you how to pick and edit a theme on both WordPress.com and Blogger.com. In this post, I will be going through picking a theme on WordPress, If you want to know how to choose and edit themes on Blogger you can check it out here.
Let’s Get Started
Alright let’s get started, the first thing you will need to do is click on ‘Themes‘ on the left-hand side under ‘Personalize‘.
From here you will be taken to the ‘Themes‘ page, where you can choose a theme. Choosing the right ‘Theme‘ can be hard its all trial and error, so give yourself some time to play. The great thing about ‘WordPress‘ is that you can try out and customize any ‘Theme’ before pressing ‘Publish‘.
There a huge range of themes to choose from, you can choose a ‘Free’ theme or a buy a theme. If you decided to upgrade from the ‘Free’ domain then you will have more options.
‘Scroll Down‘ to browse through the ‘Themes‘.
To ‘Filter‘ the results choose to only view ‘Free’ or ‘Premium’ themes or search by ‘Features’, ‘Layout’, ‘Number of Columns’, ‘Subject’ and ‘Theme Style‘.
Like I said earlier you can click on any ‘Theme‘ and try it out before ‘Activating’ it on your blog. To do this click on the ‘3 Little Dots‘ on any ‘theme’ and it will give you a ‘Pop-Up Menu‘ as in the image above. You can also find ‘Information‘ on the individual themes or view a ‘Live Demo‘.
For this demonstration, I will be using the theme ‘Edin’.
Whatever theme you choose, you will be taken to the ‘Customization’ design page, here you can play around and see what the theme looks like ‘Customized‘ with your logo, banner, etc.
Click on the ‘Site Identity’ Tab to customize your ‘Site Title’, ‘Tag Line’ and ‘Add A Logo‘ or ‘Site Icon‘.
Later on, I will show you how to upload a ‘Header‘ or ‘Banner’, some themes will give you this option separately and some will give you the option in this tab.
‘Edin’ gives you this option via a separate tab.
Moving on, the ‘Fonts’ tab allows you to change your default fonts.
The ‘Headers’ tab will allow you to upload a header.
Click on ‘Add New Image’ button.
Here you will have the option to ‘Upload’ an image to use as a ‘Header’ or ‘Banner’ for your blog.
Don’t forget to add a ‘Title’ and ‘Alt Text’. In another post, I will talk about the importance of adding Alt Text and naming your files, for SEO purposes.
Once you have selected your ‘Header‘ image it might look something like this.
Next up ‘Menus‘, here you can add links to ‘Pages‘, ‘Categories‘, ‘Blog Posts’ and ‘External Pages‘.
Click on ‘Primary Menu‘. (You also have the option to add other menus’
Here you can edit your ‘Main Menu‘. You can add links via the’Add Items‘ button, you can select to add other ‘Pages‘ or ‘Categories‘, ‘External Pages‘. If you decide to create new ‘Categories’ once you start posting to your blog you can add them on your main menu so your readers can easily access different types of blog posts.
If you decide to add more than one menu, this theme allows you to add it in a few different places. This can be helpful to add to the things in ‘footer’ if you choose to do so.
‘Content Options’ allows you to change up a bunch of things like what you want to be displayed. Whether you choose to have a ‘Full Post‘ or ‘Post Excerpts‘ displayed on your blogs ‘Main Page‘, having ‘Excerpts’ means people have to ‘Click to read‘ the whole post. This is a good option because it makes it easier for people to scroll to find what they are looking for on your blog instead of scrolling through full posts to find what they are looking for.
Another really great option you can add to your site is ‘Widgets‘, they allow you to add things to a ‘Sidebar‘ or ‘Footer’.
Say you want to add things to a ‘Sidebar‘ you could add some ‘Information About Yourself‘ or ‘Add an Image’. There are a lot of options, You can include ‘Follow My Blog‘ and ‘Sign-up Buttons‘ to get people to sign up to your blog. This is a great option for getting people to receive a notification when you post to your blog.
You can also add ‘Widgets‘ that show or link back to your ‘Social Media’ pages like ‘Facebook‘, ‘Instagram‘ or ‘Twitter‘.
Another great option is adding the ‘Recent Post‘ widget this will show all your recent posts and make it easy for people to find your other posts. ‘Widgets’ offer so many options have a play and find out what works for you.
I know this is a long post but bear with me we are almost done. The next tab is the ‘Homepage Settings’ tab which gives you the option to choose between having a ‘Static Home Page‘ or displays your ‘Latest Blog Posts’.
A ‘Static Home Page‘ will be a page that you create and set as your homepage. This a page, not a post there is a difference. WordPress gives you the option to create both, for example, you might want to create an ‘About Me’ page to help your readers know a little bit about you If you wish this could be your ‘Homepage‘.
‘Theme Options’ allows you to change a few like ‘Menu Style’, ‘Side Bar Position’, ‘Thumbnail Ratio’, etc.
You also have the option to show multiple pages on your ‘Home Page‘, for example, you might want an image at the top or multiple, you might want to show your ‘Blog Posts‘ below, or have ‘Contact‘ or ‘About You‘ information.
If you’re offering a service through your ‘Website‘ you might want to include some ‘Testimonials‘ about your business.
I hope that gives you some basics on editing your ‘WordPress Theme‘ for your blog, The best option really is to play around and see what you can come up with that makes you happy. I do believe less is more so I would say as long as it looks tidy and is not overwhelming go with it.
Choosing the right theme can really help sell your blog to people, if you’re a foodie, why not include a banner that includes some food illustrations or pictures. If your a fashion blogger why not include a picture of yourself in your favourite outfit.
My next blog post will be on ‘Finding Inspiration’ for blog posts, If you were looking for How to edit a Theme on ‘Blogger.com‘ you can find that here.
I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am until then I hope you have fun creating your blog.
Credits – Cover Image by Freepik cover edited by me.
Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and doesn’t contain any affiliate links, links included are for reference only in case your interest in purchasing the reviewed product. I do not own the software featured in this post it is owned and copyrighted to WordPress.com.