Updated: November 8, 2016
“How do I design a blog” is one of the most asked questions from new bloggers. Picking up the right theme is very important. I will show you step by step on how to install a new theme with pictures.
I assume you have already installed your WordPress using my tutorial here.
Installing a WordPress Theme
After you’ve logged into WordPress backend, and looked around to get familiar with the dashboard you can start by choosing a theme to go with your blog.
If you are a new blogger free theme might be the way to go. It’s a good starting point. InWordPress admin, go to “Appearance” on the left-hand side navigation menu and click “Themes”. There you can explore and test a bunch of free themes.
Try browsing through “Featured” or through “Popular” or “Latest” themes.
WordPress has so many different options of themes that this will probably take you a while to decide which theme would go perfectly with your blog. If you’re a bit indecisive like me, choosing and deciding on a theme can take up to a few days! But that’s the beauty of WordPress, you have so many options to go with, you can always change it up to your liking.
After installing your theme it also gives you the option of previewing it first to see how it would look in your blog with all your posts.
If you like what you see then you can click on the “activate” button.
Now that you’ve got your website online it’s time to start blogging!\
On your Dashboard go to the “posts” section and click “add new”
This is where all the blogging magic happens! From here, you can decide on your post title. You can edit your visibility to “public”, “password protected” or “private”. You can add images to your blog, links, everything needed to start your blog.
Commercial premium themes option
There are many commercial premium design theme available now a days. Premium themes you have to pay to use (usually in the range of $20-$150). These themes are more exclusive and unique as they are used less frequently than themes available in the free directory.
Commercial themes are in some cases more customizable, easy to use for people who have little or no design skills. They allow you to create a professional and unique looking blog without needing to code or use Photoshop.
You can change almost anything including columns, sidebars, fonts, font sizes, colors, header and many other design elements through a simple browser interface.
Premium themes are also constantly developed, upgraded to the latest standards and have the full customer support for when you have some questions or need some help. The design of these themes are of the highest-quality (besides completely custom).
Premium themes contain advanced features like Shortcodes and page templates with different colors that allow a user to have full control over their site and it’s pages can be manipulated according to the need.
Get your site out there!
After you’ve done all that you can search for plugins to add even more features to your blog and get traffic coming in. You can use ad networks like Google AdSense to start earning some extra cash.
Start promoting yourself through social media. You can download social media plugins like Monarch, it allows for your content to be shared on Facebook or Twitter or other social medias, therefore adding more traffic to your site. It all comes down to the focus and dedication you have to start building your successful blog.