Your site will not be quite ready yet by just simply having a CMS installed. You will need to install a theme. The theme is key to what your website will look like. It contains essential files that work together to produce the graphical display or web page design for your website. Wordpress has thousands of free themes to choose from, but there are also paid themes. When I first started out, I chose to only work with free themes, but as I became more aware of my needs I began searching for themes that provided a more polished and professional look and feel.
There are a couple of items that I highly recommend – The Genesis Framework and any child theme built for this framework. The reason for this is due to the flexibility it provides. Genesis can be used all by itself, but with the immense amount of child themes that have been built to provide a professional polished look why would you want to do that?
Here is my list of sites for you to check out when you are shopping around for themes:
- StudioPress – This is where to get the Genesis Framework and all child themes needed. ⟵ My recommendation **Note: Most child themes are already bundled with The Genesis Framework, so just keep that in mind.
- Elegant Themes – Contains some really awesome looking themes, and they also have Divi Builder that allows for visual page building. Definitely worth checking out!!
- Theme Forest – Thousands of themes to choose from.
If you’re feeling nervous about any of this then don’t worry. I’m going to walk you through the process of downloading The Genesis Framework and a child theme, then uploading to WordPress to begin using. I will also be showing you how to make your first post!