The Basics of Blogging – Part Four

This post is in the final instalment in our four-post series on the Basics of Blogging. In the first three posts, we have covered some important topics, including how to choose a web hosting company, how to add a domain name to that web host, and how to install WordPress. Please feel free to check out any of those previous posts if you need help on those topics. If you have followed along with us to this point so far, congratulations! You already have a site live on the web, although it probably isn’t much to look at just yet. Fortunately, in this post, we are going to help you go from a plain WordPress installation to a great looking site which you can begin to fill with informative, entertaining content. Building a website is plenty of work, but there are many potential rewards down the line once you see your vision come to life. Choosing a Theme Picking a ‘theme’ for your site is one of the most-important steps of the entire process. What is a theme? Basically, you can think of a WordPress theme as a template for your site which is going to serve as the framework you can use to add content, media, links, ads, and much more. Everything you do on the site will be done within the context of your chosen theme, and there are thousands and thousands of options to choose from. Themes come in the form of both free and premium, and you can search out themes from any number of different sources. A quick google search for the phrase ‘WordPress themes’ is going to return a shocking number of results – in fact, you will find too many to ever sort through. To avoid overwhelming yourself with options, you may want to shop on a site which is dedicated to the sale of WordPress themes, such as ThemeForest. Do you need to pay for…

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