How to install WordPress themes.
When you first install WordPress there is an automatic default theme already installed, however, if you wish to change this and you probably will as the pre loaded theme is a little bland. The type of theme you will need all depends on what your blog is all about. What all themes have in common is a header section at the top with a menu of the pages on your site, a content section- this is where you publish your posts or articles and a side bar where you can add your most popular posts, follow buttons, calender etc. All via widgets and a footer section at the bottom. Some themes have the option of multiple side bars and multi-media boxes etc.. Most standard blogs have a header, content section with a side bar on the right and a footer, this is called a two column blog.
Nearly all free themes are available for direct install and activation through your WordPress dashboard, some disadvantages of free themes is the lack of customization meaning the chances are that you will come across the same theme you are using elsewhere on the net, so if you want something totally unique to you, then I recommend you buy one. One of the most popular being the Thesis theme where with a little CSS knowledge you can really create an awesome site! If you do buy one, you will have to download it and install into WordPress via an FTP program. I recommend writing one or two articles and trying out a few different free themes and experiment with the customization and the feel of the theme before you decide to go with free or to buy one. You can also download some great free themes outside of WordPress, just Google “free WordPress themes” and have a look around, again if you get your theme this way you will have to install it through an FTP program.
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