Themes can be changed but it's not always easy
I have been guilty in the past of changing my WordPress business themes as often as I change my Smartphone screensaver.
There are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of themes out there to choose from...it really can be a minefield.
Choose the wrong theme or developer and you could end up in trouble.
You see, even if you pick a theme that, from the initial outset:
It might not always stay that way. Themes can sometimes have a shelf life.
I have built websites in the past using themes that I thought were good because they had some good reviews and very extravagant and impressive features. Unbeknown to me, those features would slow my websites down enormously thus creating problems down the line.
Some elements of themes and templates can add functionality to your website as well as a better overall appearance. Add too many though and your site could start to look cluttered.
Keep it simple
It has been said that the search engines seem to like websites that are clean, navigable and relevant. In the past, I have come across websites that had every available bit of space filled with:
People would cram whatever they could onto a page thinking they were being productive. What that would actually do was put people off.
White space is the new buzz word.
Apparently, we prefer to read and browse websites that have plenty of white space so we can read easily as well as determine what every aspect of the page does that we are on.
Think about your offline shopping experience.
Have you ever been into a haberdashery or bric-a-brac store? I have and they feel incredibly crowded and I always think I am going to knock something over.
Then look at Apple stores
They are white, clean, clear with a lot of space for people to move around in. This simple approach makes the products in store really stand out. Granted there are less products to show in an Apple store but I think you get the idea?
Choosing your WordPress Business Themes
Once you have joined Wealthy Affiliate, you will start to build your first website after just a small amount of training. This is the really exciting part...you are on your way!
Once you have bought a domain (easy) and installed WordPress on it (easy), you have around 2,800 templates to choose from.
Take your time to select an appropriate look and feel for your new website but just remember this. Once you get more confident, you can tweak quite a few aspects of a theme or template and even revert back if it goes wrong.
Also, you can upload and switch to a new template at any time but be aware that you may have to make some corrections once you do this. This is because different templates have different coding and layouts.
Here are a few that you are presented with when you start your search (click for larger view).
As a beginner to building websites, this is by far the easiest way to get started. Don't spend too long looking for a theme but make sure you choose one that is functional, clean, smart and shows off your topic in the best way possible.
Log into your Wealthy Affiliate account and start to have a look around all the themes (if you haven't done so already). Find one that matches your niche and upload it to your domain.
Some themes will have sample content loaded for you to get a feel for the theme, you can delete this or overwrite it when ready. If not, the theme will look a little strange until you start loading content, images and menus. Just have a rummage around and get used to it for now.
Note: If you have bought your domain name elsewhere such as GoDaddy, don't worry. You will simply need to point your name servers from GoDaddy to Wealthy Affiliate before you can upload WordPress to it.
There are instructions inside Wealthy Affiliate so do a search once logged in. Having problems? Leave a comment below.
If you have yet to sign up for a free account at Wealthy Affiliate, you can do so here. If you are still unsure, have a look through all the WordPress themes on the WordPress website and try to decide which one would be a best fit for your niche.
Ok, let's learn how to build websites...