I think this is my third or fourth website I've developed for Richard Eaton of AlphaBio Centrix. … read more about BioEnergyShop.com
Yesterday I posted a video on how to install WordPress through your HostGator cPanel. Once it’s installed it automatically uses a theme (template) that comes bundled with WordPress.
Changing the Look and Feel
Most likely you’ll want to improve the look of the website. If you’re just looking for a platform that you can pen your thoughts and you don’t really care about how the site looks, the default theme may work just fine for you.
However, if this site is for your business you’re probably going to want the look and feel of the site to be a little more impressive. If your customers visit your site, you want them to be inspired to do business with you. An impressive looking site can help with that. (not trying to downplay the value of good content, but you know what I mean here)
The theme is the template that provides the look and feel for your website. You can change the theme by installing a different them. That can change everything! The colors, the background, the graphics – everything.
There are a lot of free themes out there. Where do you find them? You could start with a Google search of “Free WordPress Themes.” A great place to look is on WordPress.org. There you can find free themes that they endorse.
Free themes are great for one reason… THEIR FREE! But often, as with many things, you get what you pay for. It’s a free theme so you can’t really get mad at anyone if falls apart on you or is just using bad coding. (this can really hurt your chances with Google.)
Premium themes means you pay for them. Prices vary, but hopefully you’ll have a better coded site. Paying for a theme doesn’t guarantee that you’re getting a quality product. It just means someone has put a price on it and is selling it. But hopefully it does mean that you’ll get support if something does go wrong. (although, there’s no guarantee of that either) You just need to be careful, do your research, see what others have to say about themes and what they recommend.
If you’re doing all this on your own, I would recommend you take a look at the themes at StudioPress.com. (affiliate link) These guys are fantastic coders, they offer awesome support and their themes look great! Another thing I like is they actually create “child themes” which run on their Genesis Framework. That means you can really play around with the child them without having to mess with the code that makes the site function. All of my custom designed themes run on their Genesis Framework.
Okay, you get the popcorn, I’ll start the Movie!
I’ve talked way more about themes than I had planned, but if you’re new to all this you might find it somewhat helpful. Enjoy the show!
Custom Web Design
If you decide this is not your cup-o-tea and would like me to do a custom design for you, I’d be happy to help you with that.
I’m also available to work with you, one-on-one to show you as much, or as little as you want to learn about setting up and running your own WordPress site. Use the form below if you have any questions about this.