Welcome to Day 9 of How To Make Money Blogging
Today you’ll discover how to find and install a WordPress theme.
However, you probably noticed that the blog is pretty plain looking – it may be even a little ugly. That’s why today I’m going to teach you how to quickly and easily change the design of your blog.
Ready for some good news…
You don’t need to know anything about HTML or web design in order to change the blog’s design. That’s because there are thousands of free and paid (premium) “themes” (designs) available for your WordPress blog.
Tip: If you have a unique theme in mind – or if you want something totally exclusive – then you can hire a WordPress theme designer. Just go to odesk.com and post your request for a theme designer.
I prefer StudioPress Premium Themes: StudioPress Theme of the Month – Beautiful Pro Theme
Generally this isn’t necessary, since there are thousands of themes to choose from. You’re certain to find something that you like. However, you can start with a theme and then have a designer”tweak” it to make it more exclusive or to better suit your purposes. For example, you can have a designer create a new graphical header that better matches your blog’s name and content.
3 Ways To Find a WordPress Theme
Here are three ways to find a theme for your blog:
- Go to http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/.
- Use Google to search for “WordPress themes” or “WordPress templates.”
- I offer the Copyblogger WordPress theme for free at BlogThemeSuccess.com. It’s easy to work with, it’s beautifully designed, and it’s professional.
A simple search for WordPress themes will uncover thousands upon thousands of results. That’s why you’ll want to narrow down the results by searching for specific kinds of themes.
For starters, you can search for niche-specific themes, such as “weight loss themes” or “dog themes.” You can further narrow the results by searching for the colors or styles you like, such as:
- Columns: “two column” or “three column” themes.
- Colors: “black and white theme” or “blue theme” or your favorite colors.
- Style: “art themes” or “professional theme” or “simple theme.”
Tip: Remember, you can always have a theme designer tweak the theme to make it look exactly the way you want it to look.
How To Install Your WordPress Theme
Once you’ve selected your theme, then your next step is to install it.
I prefer to use the built in WordPress installer.
Here’s another video from our WordPresss Training Videos that will show you just how easy it is to install a theme from your WordPress Dashboard:
The other alternative is to download a theme, then upload it via FTP or File manager.
To do that, you first need to download the theme to your computer. If it’s packaged in a zip file (and it probably will be), then unzip it (using a tool like WinZip). Be sure to note where the unzipped files reside on your computer.
Next, upload the files. If you know how to use FTP, you can use FTP software to upload your theme files. (I like FileZilla -it’s free)
Otherwise, go to www.yourdomain.com/cpanel, log into your control panel, scroll down to “Files” and then click on “File Manager.”
Once you’ve accessed your domain files through the file manager, then navigate to the public_html directory and click on it to access your main directory. There you’ll see a folder called “wp-content.” Click on it. Then click on the “themes” folder.
Tip: You should now be at: yourdomain.com/wp-content/themes/.
Now upload the theme files from your hard drive to the above “themes” folder on your website.
If this seems complicated you may want to purchase and refer to the WordPress Training Videos which includes another separate video about how to install via FTP.
Next, log into your WP dashboard (http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php).
Click on “Appearance” (on the navigation menu on the left side of your screen). You should now see the theme you just uploaded. Click on it to show a preview, then click on the “activate” link. Your new theme is now installed!
Tip: You can tweak the theme in your dashboard by clicking on: Appearance->Themes->Editor
If you don’t have any CSS or HTML experience, then go to odesk.com and hire someone to tweak the theme for you.
Find and install a theme.