In part 4 of our Free WordPress Video Tutorial series, learn how to Install a WordPress Theme. In this video, we learn not only how to install a wordpress theme, but also how to find the best wordpress theme. First off, the theme that we will be using to create our website is going to be the genesis theme. The genesis theme is a premium theme by studio press and is great for bloggers. For educational purposes, I’ll provide a download link of an educational copy below. Pretty much that means if you like the theme and would like to use it permanently on your website, please do buy it. However, if you’re just interested in testing it out to learn go ahead and download it at:
In order to download your WordPress theme, all you have to do is simply compress your themes folder and save it onto your desktop. From here, log into the backend of WordPress and navigate to Appearance and Themes. From here, click on Upload Theme and simply drag your compressed theme file into it and click upload. After that, simply click activate and you’re done! Now while your new WordPress theme may not look entirely like the demo, it is well on its way to creating a professional looking blog.
Now once we have learned how to create our website with the Genesis theme, where should you go if you’d like to look at other themes. Well, the best places in my opinion are the following:
The only thing to look out for is that theme forest is a database. Therefore, there are hundreds of theme developers. While many are great, some themes are poorly developed. Therefore, it is important to look at the reviews. However, mythemeshop and elegant theme themes are all created by a regulated theme.
In the previous lesson, we learnt about the wordpress dashboard, but in this lesson we are going to be learning about wordpress themes. And so what exactly is a wordpress theme?
Well wordpress theme, you can think of it as a design or template to your website. It’s what actually makes your website look like something. And more specifically, we are going to be learning how to select a theme, how to install a theme and then some customizations to our themes, some very basic customizations.
And if you recall correctly, theme that we have on our website, it’s just a default wordpress theme which is actually called the twenty fourteen theme. And the first thing that we are going to be talking about is how to select a theme, and the reason why I am going to be talking about this is simply because there are better themes than others.
And I have kind of listed the criteria for how to actually select these themes. And I have put them in their order of importance. And the first two being speed and customizability. And if you can tell, those are more performance. So when you select a theme, performance is a lot more important than design. So the last two are responsive design and design or functionality.
So let me just explain what a responsive design is. And a responsive design theme is simply able to adjust to different browser sizes. So imagine if you are on your phone or if you are on a iPad or if you are on your computer, it’s going to adjust probably for each of these screen sizes.
And that’s actually very important because now mobile viewage is actually very very important if not more important than the actual computer views.
And so if you notice, speed and customizability are ranked higher than the actual design. And I ordered these in their order of importance. And the reason why I did that was simply because design, you can always change later, but the performance, especially speed and the ease of customization, that’s something that is kind of inherent to the theme, that’s built into the theme that you may not be able to change in the future.
But the design is actually very simple to edit or the functionality is very simple to change in the future. So that’s why for me personally, the speed and the ability to customize a website are very important.
And we are actually going to find great wordpress themes and here we have listed some of the best companies in our opinion that really produce high quality themes. The first two being the genesis and thesis framework and for us, we use the genesis framework on wpforall dot com.
It’s actually the framework that we are going to be using when we teach you how to design your first wordpress website. You are going to be using a genesis theme. Another one being headway themes and elegant themes, those are also very top quality theme providers. And the final one, I have put asterisk under. And theme forest is a marketplace. So you think of it like amazon.
And the reason why I put asterisk here is that, theme forest hosts some of the best themes on the market. In terms of functionality, the themes on theme forest are great. You know, they provide a lot of functionality you can find. All types of websites from e-commerce to educational websites, many many different options.
But the thing with that being a market place is that you have to really look at the reviews in regards to, there is going to be some great themes and there is also going to be some not so great themes because they are all produced by different authors, just like amazon has some great products and some not so good products.
So just beware of that. Theme forest provides great themes, but also, some of the themes aren’t so great. And so like I mentioned before, we are going to actually be using the genesis framework for the website that we are going to be developing together.
And the reason why I selected this theme was because it was both simple and powerful. Simple enough where I was confident that everybody would be able to set up this theme properly, but also powerful enough where in the future, I know you can make many many customizations very easily and would be very powerful customizations as well.
So in my opinion this framework is great for people who are just starting off but also great in the future when you have learned wordpress and you want to customize it. It’s great for that as well.
And so the next thing that we are going to be doing is actually downloading the theme. And I will be linking the description below where you can actually download the theme off my website. But just a word of advice is that this theme is actually a premium theme. It’s a theme that costs I think around sixty to seventy dollars by the makers of studiopress. Studiopress dot com are the makers of this theme.
And the reason why I have provided this for you guys is simply for educational purposes. But if you like the theme if you make the website at the end of the day, and you like the theme, definitely go and purchase a license at Studiopress dot com and I think it’s around sixty to seventy dollars.
So after we have downloaded the files, I am just going to show you how to install it now. So as you can see, I have the theme files right here. It’s called genesis dot zip. And so we are just going to leave it in a zip file. And let’s just place it over here on the desktop.
So in order to actually install, we have to log in to our back end of wordpress. And so that will be at your domain dot com slash wp dash admin. And in our case wpforalltv dot com slash wp dash admin. And so once you login, you are going to see a window like this.
First thing we will be doing is going into appearance and themes. Andon this next window you will see that there are three themes that are already previously installed and this is installed by wordpress by default. And that’s 2012 and 2013 and 2014.
But in order to add our new theme, we are going to click on add new. So in this next window, we are going to see a couple of things. We are going to see a search, upload feature, newest and recently updated. For us we are actually going to be using upload. But just the scrabble we are on right now, the search or the feature or the newest, those are used for the wordpress directory theme.
So there are a bunch of free themes that have been uploaded to the wordpress directory that you can browse through on the search or the feature or the newest to select your theme. But since we already actually have the theme files form a third party website which is from genesis or from Studiopress, we are just going to go on upload.
And so I have already saved the theme files onto my desktop, so what I am going to do is just drag and drop right here or you can simply click chose file and you are just going to click install now.
And after it’s successfully installed, you will see a couple of things, live preview, activate and return to themes page. Just click on activate. And so now you see genesis is in fact activated. But remember, we always want to check. So on order to check that, what we are going to do is we are going to go back to our website, and we are just going to refresh the website.
And as we can see, we have a new wordpress theme. We have our genesis theme. And you may think that this look very very bare. It’s very very simple. A lot different from the website that you showed us in the beginning, our demo website that we actually want to be able to ultimately get to as our goal.
So yeah, the default theme or just the bare bones of genesis framework is very simple. But don’t worry, in the future we are going to show you actually how to customize it, and how to add sidebars, how to add new posts and it’s going to look much more like the demo that I showed you previously, that’s going to look like in the end.
And the first customization that I am going to show you is a very simple but intricate customization. And that’s just with your tagline up here. And in order to do that, we are going to go back into our backend of wordpress and we are going to go to appearance and customize.
And so the customize area is where we are going to make some basic customizations to our website such as the site title, the tagline, maybe for other themes, you are going to change the colours here of the website and maybe add a logo or header and also if you want to change the static front page or a blog page.
So this is very basic but core functionality to our website. But for us we are just going to be changing the site title and the tagline. And the site title, something just the title of the site, and the tagline is what displays under that, also in the browser, in the top of the browser and your tab as we can see right here, wpforalltv, just another wordpress site. That’s just in every single tab where you see your website.
So the first thing we are going to do is just change the site title and let’s say, we want to make out travel blog. So we are going to change it to maybe wpforall adventures and the tagline we are going to be changing to, your travel destination.
So it’s something that just describes what the website is going to be. And we are going to click save and publish. And we go back to our website. We see right now, right now it’s says, wpforalltv and just another wordpress site also in the tab and up in the header up here of the browser in safari.
When we click refresh, we are going to see that it will change. So it will change to wpforalladventures, your travel destination and also in the tab and in the browser header.
And so that’s all we are going to learn for this lesson, but in the next lesson, we are going to actually learn how to create posts or pages. And that will actually create content for our website and make it look more full.