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How to install and change the basic settings of a free Wordpress theme.

Frank’s Theme Test-Drive Checklist

Now that you have looked at themes from the WordPress.org directory and narrowed down the possibilities to a few ‘definite maybes’ it’s time to upload those themes to your site to see how they look with your content. I don’t cover themes in-depth until later in this class since you can’t really tell how a theme will work for you unless you have some of your own pages, posts and images to look at it with. It’s kind of a catch-22 since ideally you’d want to choose your perfect theme right from the get-go on a fresh installation of WordPress. The problem is that you can’t really tell what that theme has to offer and if it’s right for you until you see how it works with your content.

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CSS tip – Visibility & Display

In this introductory class on WordPress we won’t be getting deep into the CSS code, however I do think that a little bit of CSS knowledge can help you make essential adjustments to your theme. In a previous post, CSS in 10 Minutes, I explained the basics of CSS, in this post I want to quickly show you two very useful properties: Display and Visibility.

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CSS in 10 Minutes

The basics of CSS are very easy to grasp and, I believe, more easier to immediately grasp than HTML.

The first thing you need to know is that CSS and HTML work in tandem. If your website were a human HTML would be the body and CSS would be the clothes you put on it. CSS sets down the rules for how your website will appear where HTML lays out the structural elements. CSS also determines the placement of the structural elements ( to use the body analogy, css could attach the right arm at the hip rather at the shoulder., yikes!)  But that’s where it gets complicated and we will only be dealing with some of the basic cosmetic changes.

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Test your theme’s style settings

When you are trying out a new theme and you want to see how it will style all the elements that you could possibly put into a post, from headings, to images… there is an easy way to do this with some sample content.

We will be creating a post called Theme Tester and then we will be going to a Content Generator that will provide us with content that has most of the commonly used HTML tags that format your text and images.

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Theme Shopping

Where to start your quest for your perfect WordPress theme.

There are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from. How to find and decide which one is right for you is one of the basic challenges of WordPress. Here are some resources of where you get started looking at themes.

Our first stop will be at the Themes Directory at WordPress.org. These are all free themes. For this class we will be sticking with using free themes to install and try out to see it we find the right fit, which is the only real way to find out if a theme is going to work with your given content. If a student wishes to pursue a premium theme option I have listed some of the better sites below.

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Background Images

There are two basic ways to add a background image into the WordPress  default Twenty Eleven theme. One is have a full page background the other is to have a small image, usually a pattern that will ’tile’ across the page.

Full page background

The full page background image is simple in concept. I guesstimated, based upon the header dimensions, that a picture of 1400 pixels would fill the browser window. The key to using a large image is optimization.  Optimization is the method of making a picture file small enough to load quickly while keeping the picture itself large and of good viewing quality.

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