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WordPress Theme Basics

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  • Whats A Theme?

    Themes control what people see on the front end of your website.

    If WordPress is the engine powering your site, themes are the body of the car it drives.

  • More Than Just LooksThemes are responsible for:

    Hiding or showing content & metadata

    Creating containers to insert widgets & menus

    Enabling adding functionality (often powered by plugins)

  • Controlled By Your Theme Number of columns

    Styles & CSS


    Thumbnail image placement & size

    Meta information display & size

  • Twenty Sixteen (Default Theme) Pre-loaded when you install WordPress

    Used to showcase the features of WordPress

    New default theme released each year

    Super useful when things go wrong


  • Appearance > Themes

  • Commercial Themes

  • Child Themes If you modify a theme directly and it is updated, then your

    modifications may be lost. By using a child theme you will ensure that your modifications are preserved.

    Using a child theme can speed up development time.

    Using a child theme is a great way to learn about WordPress theme development.

    Source: WordPress Codex

  • Theme Considerations

    What are you using it for?

    Key functionality

    Translations/multilingual considerations

    Plugin compatibility

    Ease of use

    Responsive is not optional

  • Evaluating ThemesWhos the author?


    Ratings & reviews


  • Last Updated Popularity Rating

  • What do users have to say about features and support?

  • Installing a Theme

  • Exercise: Play Around With Live Previews

  • Exercise:Install a New Theme

  • Activating a Theme

  • Customizer Lab

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