Transform Your Website with a New Theme

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Every WordPress website needs a theme to tell it how to display the site’s content. The theme contains templates to determine where all the different elements should go and a style sheet to control their appearance.

One of the great things about WordPress is that you can transform the way your website looks and works just by installing and activating a different theme. The same content can be displayed in a completely different way to give a very different look to your site.

 

To illustrate this, I set up a test site for a fictitious photographer and tried out several different themes. You can see screen prints of the results below.

Please note that I am not necessarily recommending these themes; it was just an exercise to show how easy it is to change a site’s appearance. In each case I have just used the default settings whereas if I was using one of these themes on a live website then I would spend more time personalising it.

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CSS Controls Your Site’s Appearance

Use CSS to decorate your website

A WordPress theme includes a style sheet containing CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) code that determines the appearance of the elements of the website – from the size and colour of the text, to the way the images line up on the page.

For example, if I want to add a blue dashed border around my images, as shown below, then I could do it by adding this CSS to the style sheet:

“border: dashed 2px #4c5ea0;”

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