WordPress blogs do have great functionality and they are quite easy to use, making them great for beginner bloggers. The trouble is, the standard plain blue Wordpres theme is rather boring! Having the standard blue theme that comes with the blog and that thousands of people keep because they don’t know any better really won’t showcase your blog subjects very well at all. If you want people to be interested in your blog and you want to portray a professional attitude which says you care about your blog and the people who read it, you need to change your WordPress theme to something more meaningful and personal to you.

It’s easier than you think, especially when you find a free or cheap WordPress theme website which has literally reduced the complexity of WordPress theme installation to a point and click activity. You don’t have to know any html coding at all. You can get your customized WordPress theme up and running in little more than thirty minutes, so you don’t even need to have a great deal of patience! You can’t have it much easier than that, so you just lost your excuse for not getting yourself an appropriate theme, especially when there are so many to choose from.

You may want to pick out WordPress themes which are optimized for SEO or for Adsense. That way, you can monetize your blog and maximize the amount of traffic you get.

So, let’s get you started on installing a WordPress theme.

  1. Upload the theme file to your server (usually FTP);
  2. Extract this file to your wp-content/themes/ folder.
  3. Then you can download any plug-ins you want and upload them to your host.
  4. Then, you need to extract these plugs to – you guessed it – your wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  5. Then all you do is log-in to your Admin console and configure your new WordPress settings.

The mosty difficult thing you will need to do is choose a WordPress theme. Don’t worry if they don’t look ideal to you as presented. You can customize the themes to within and inch of their lives so almost their own designer wouldn’t recognize them! Get the layout and basic feel right, and then tinker with it to customize your WordPress themes.

Also when thinking about a new WordPress theme, think what is important to you: monetization or traffic. Some WordPress themes are already optimized for Adsense, others aren’t. You can make any theme work for Adsense, but it takes some of the work out of setting up your site if it is already Adsense optimized. It saves on plugins and manual setup.

Having found the WordPress theme you want, save it to your wp-content/themes/ folder. Then go to DESIGN>THEMES in your admin site to activate it. It’s that simple, and then you can customize your theme with video plugins, image galleries, chat features etc.

If you follow these few simple steps you can have a WordPress blog to be proud of: something that really says something about you. It will present you, your business or your ideas in the best possible light and if you want it to, it will help you make money too.

This post was written by

Frederick Pohl – who has written posts on Hire WordPress Developer | WordPress Theme Developer | WordPress Experts Developers - Wp1stop.
Frederick Pohl is a WordPress Developer and 2001 University of Florida Graduate in Electronic Intermedia. He has been specializing in Web Development and Graphic Design since 1997. He has spent the last 7 years focusing in providing WordPress custom services to a Worldwide clientele based out of Gainesville, FL. We provide complex customizations and theme design. I work 1on1 with all my clients and offer a top quality service. Request a Free quote and Hire us for your WordPress project.

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