What is a theme for your self-hosted WordPress website? Watch the video:
Then, enjoy this relaxing video tutorial which takes you through installing a theme for your self-hosted WordPress website:
WordPress comes with a default theme – if you add a different theme later, keep it in case you need to revert to the default theme to troubleshoot a theme issue.
Activate the default theme and customize the header, colors, etc. by going to Appearance:–>Customize. Click the save button to activate your changes.
There are many themes to choose from – premium themes come with developer support and usually are more solid and reliable in general. I use iThemes Builder.
Go to Appearance—>Customize to customize the theme. Here you can set the Site Title & Tagline, Colors, Header Image, Background Image, Widgets for the sidebar and Static Front Page.
For more in-depth customization, you would need to add some custom css styles in a child theme stylesheet. Visit my tutorial for learning CSS:
A word about Parent-Child Theme Structure:
It is best practice to create a “child theme” so if/when your parent theme gets updated, you don’t lose your changes.
Many premium themes come with a child theme structure already in place (such as iThemes Builder).
If you do not have a child theme, you will need to make one. Follow these directions: https://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes