Is it important to pick a right Theme for website/blog? Definitely YES!
When you begin start build a website/blog, things that always steal our attention is to choose and pick a right Themes that matched with your content. It will look awkward if your website content is about traveling but use the themes for online store, so I think it is really important.
I am not an expert but in this article I will try to share tips how to customize the basic design of WordPress theme easily. Ok! Let’s start with pick the right themes.
Pick the right Themes
If you plan to monetize your blog with Google Adsense, my suggestions is choosing the clean and responsive theme. You can search inside WP Admin Panel just go to Appearance >Theme >Add New there is a lot of free and premium theme. Make sure to pick one that matched with your blog content and niche.
Invest your money for buy a premium themes will be a good idea if you have budget because you will get more benefits from using premium themes rather than the free ones. It is important especially for SEO optimization. For premium WordPress themes I highly recommend Genesis by StudioPress theme.
Customize Menu In Navigation Bar
To have an ease to use navigation menu is a must for website or blog. So visitor can easily discover what they are looking for. By default, usually you have only Home menu hang on Nav-bar.
After finish creating pages and categories pages go to Appearance>Menu and check pages you wish to add in main menu. Then click Add to Menu button see picture below.
For creating sub menu item, click on Custom Links and replace url with #. And then click Add to Menu see picture below.
Continue with click on Categories on the left Menu structure and check all Categories you have create before to Menu. Under Custom Links drag all categories to the right one grid to create Sub item. You can rename Custom Links like “Categories” or “Blog Menu” see picture below.
Your website navigation bar in in live preview should look like picture below
Now we’ve done with the Navigation Bar its time to make it more attractive with adding some Widget and plugins into Sidebar.
Customize sidebar widgets
Sidebar in a blog page can be very useful for placing widget like your recent and feature post. So your visitor can easily found related post for article they have read.
You can also put your Facebook page, your author box, social profile, banner ads etc on the sidebar widget.
For some people may leave their footer clean, it’s good for some kind of blog but in my personal taste I do like to add something on it too.
Because when readers finish reading your content and reach the bottom of your site there is something will attract their attention. But! it depends on themes you use.
And be creative to put some widget on it, definitely it could be very powerful place for you to consider.
If you want you can easily manage what widgets to put on sub footer with Live Preview.
Useful WordPress plugins/add-ons
Contact Forms 7 plugin for creating Contact form page and Subscription form.
To install the plugins, go to WP admin panel > Plugins > Add New and upload the plugins.
Or you can search directly from your WP Admin plugins. For essential WordPress plugins for SEO, Security etc I’ve write about it here Essential WordPress plugins for website/blog.
Now look at your website preview! navigate your cursor to Home icon in top left of WordPress admin panel. see picture below 👇🏼
Mix match the composition, be creative and have fun whit it. When it looks and feels good then you have done with the basic web design. congratulation! not too difficult isn’t it?
If necessary hire a web developer or buy premium themes
Still not satisfied whit standard customization?
If you want a custom design for your website, and you don’t know how to coding, then you can hire people who expert in web design. Or you can learning by your self In WordPress.org in developers section. Website like w3schools.com is place you can learn how to code.
If you want take a courses, youtube is best source to find one. Of course it need some times for you to master it.
So if you just want to blogging and don’t want to get confused with HTML 5, CSS 3 etc. Well! the instant choice is to hire a web developer, or by premium WordPress Themes like Genesis by Studiopress.
The first impression is always appearance! so I hope this basic simple tutorial about how to customize WordPress theme can help you to start your website and later you could develop by your self for further more.
However the most important thing is to start writing! and fill your new blog with a lot of good and valuable content. It’s a waste when you have a fancy website but have no content. Writing a good quality content is not easy but it can be done with consistency and a will to learn and hard work of course.
You can do it!The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them - Jeff Jarvis. Click To Tweet
So take more time to read, read and read. It could be anything Novel, Magazine, Newspaper, Blog post etc. By reading will train us to know how to nicely crafting paragraphs, phrases etc.
Okay! Happy blogging! never stop learning! and don’t forget to leave your comment below.