Step 3 – Customizing the Appearance

Now that you have some content, it's time to decide how it will look to your visitors. The Appearance menu will be your primary place for this. There are three parts of your site appearance that I'll cover in this introductory lesson:

  1. Themes
  2. Menus
  3. Widgets

Themes are like the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) of a website. They define how aspects of the site look. You can quickly install and activate free themes from your dashboard, or you can purchase premium themes and load them into your WordPress site. You can also create your own theme or modify existing themes if you are familiar with the CSS and HTML coding within the theme files. In this lesson, I'll show you how to activate free themes. Stay tuned next week for more on how to load a premium theme to your blog.

Menus allow you to modify the navigation structure of your site. You can create nested menus and rearrange the order of the menu to meet your site's needs.

Widgets are a tool that allow you to add content to special content areas of your theme--often in the sidebar, header, or footer. Widgets are a great way to add content that you want to be consistent throughout your website.

Watch this short video on how to change the themes, widgets, and menus in WordPress.

Last modified: Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 10:13 PM