Assuming you’ve read Step 1 and fallowed the process. You should now have live blog when you go to your url and you should also see “Hello World” post.
Next, you have to find a theme that goes with your blog industery as well as your taste. This is always a challenge for me as I am too picky when it comes to look and feel of a website, especially my own blog.
So where do you find themes? same place, wordpress.org
1. Go to wordpress.org to find a theme - while there are thousands of themes, finding the right one is very hard. Considering there aren’t many filtering options, you just have to keep searching and paging through the results until you see something you like. The other down side is that often times the thumbnails look better than they actually are. So you look at the thumbnail of the theme and say to your self this is it, but when you go to preview it, it’s not even close to your imagination. So my suggestion to wordpress, it would be nice to have a hover over quick glance of the theme whitout clicks.
— Take your time with finding a theme you like becuase it kind of defines your blog. It took me over an hour to find something that I liked.
2. Installing the Theme – there are 2 options to do this, download and manually upload to wp-content/themes folder or use wordpress GUI to download install it. This time I tried the new method, using wordpress to download and auto install it. This is where the FTP account comes handy, as it’s going to ask you to input the FTP details. And if you fallowed my Step 1 post, you should already have this. Download/install and activate the new theme and you’re done. Well not quite.
3. Tweaking and Configuring your WordPress Theme – some themes have settings interface right in the wordpress admin to change some of its settings, but often times you have to go to the code to achieve the results that you want. One thing that you may allways have to do is to edit the stylesheet (.css) file in the theme directory, oftne times called “style.css”. I don’t know why but most themes come with some strange font family and size that makes reading text very hard and since a blog is all about reading text, make sure you make it easy for your visitor to read the blog content. Here are a couple of suggeestions for font and styles:
a. Blog content CSS
font-family: arial; — I allways go with arial as it’s easy to read.
font-size: 12px; – 12px usually works just fine.
line-height: 1.6em; — yes line height also helps for easy reading.
b. Blog Title – arial font does not look so good for bigger size, so I go wtih Verdana for blog titles.
of course colors etc, are matter of taste so I’ll leave that up to you. Usually black works just fine. You also may have to edit header.php and footer.php files in the theme’s folder. And functions.php is where you define more dynamic sidebars but that maybe beyond the scope of average configuration. One thing that I still haven’t done is to add a logo and that’s also done on header.php
you should now have your theme installed and done a few tweaks to get your desired look and feel.
that’s it folks, stay tuned there is much more to come.