So, if you’ve completed Step 3 – Install WordPress, the first thing you’re going to want to do is change your WordPress theme.
The theme is what determines how your website will look. It’s dictates:
- the colours
- the font
- the page layout
- menu placement
- available widgets
Some themes even have customer functions to manage a WordPress portfolio website or other unique functionality.
Here’s the step by step guide on how to review and replace WordPress theme:
1. Review your current theme
- Direct your browser to the location that you installed wordpress. (probably at www.yourdomain.com)
- Take a look. You’re probably viewing the default WordPress theme Twenty Ten (maybe Twenty Eleven)
- Review the placement of the header graphic, the menu, the content and the items available in the sidebar on the right side. (these are your widgets)
2. Login to WordPress
- Login to your WordPress website at http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/
3. Load the Themes Control Panel
- In the left side menu click Appearance > Themes
- Click on install themes at the top if the page
4. Select a Filter to see Some Themes
- Click on featured or newest or recently updated. This will bring up a list of some more recent themes.
5. Install your WordPress Theme
- When you find a theme that you like and click on “Install”
- Then click “install now” in the window that pops up
- When the installation finishes activate your Theme to update the website
6. Preview the Theme
- Take a look at your new WordPress template by going to your wordpress install location ie www.yourdomain.com.
- If you don’t like it or want to try some more themes repeat steps 2 – 6