How to Use Wordpress Beginner Series - Lesson 3 (WP THEMES)

How to Use WordPress Beginner Series – Lesson 3 (WP THEMES)



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This is a wordpress tutorial beginner series for learning how to use wordpress.

We will walk you through step by step how to use every single function of wordpress so you can create and maintain any type of wordpress website you want.

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and now what we're going to do in our video series on how to use WordPress is cover WordPress themes so if you need to come to the themes page what I want you to do is hover over appearance on the left hand side of your wordpress dashboard and then click on themes and it'll bring you right to this page right here so a theme is the backbone of your WordPress website and there are thousands of themes that you can choose from with different color options and layout options so what I want to do is just show you how you can add a different theme to your WordPress website if you want to customize the look and feel so on this page right here you should see some default themes and again I showed you what the WordPress website looks like in the beginning after we installed WordPress and that's using this default theme right here called 2017 but if you're like a lot of people you want to go in and install a new theme and customize it and make it look really professional so if you want to do that let me show you how all you have to do is click on this add new button right at the top and once you come to the add themes page you can see there are a few different filters right here to search for different themes and you can type in keywords right here to search for whatever type of theme that you want such as a photography theme and e-commerce theme or a blog theme pretty much any type of theme that you want you're gonna be able to find it here and these are all free so what I want to do is just show you how you can install a theme for your WordPress website so what I like to do is hover over the popular link and click on that and once I filter out the themes for the most popular ones I can just go through this list and find one that I think looks good so I like this one right here and I can click on this button right here that says details and preview to check it out so you can see the ratings right here and then a little description and you can see a preview of the colors and the layouts of this theme right here so if you like this one you can click on install right here or you can click on the X right here and then just come back over here and hover over the one that you want to install and then click on the install button and once the theme is installed we can just click on the activate button right here and once the theme is activated you should be brought back to the themes page right here and you should see the new theme in your list and it should say active so you can install as many different themes as you want for your WordPress website but you can only use one theme at a time and that's the active theme so if you want to activate another theme you can always just come back to this page and then find a theme that you have installed hover over it and click on the activate button and that's gonna replace the old theme with the new theme okay so what I want to do now that we installed a theme right here is just show you what the difference looks like for your WordPress website from earlier in the series so I'm gonna hover over my website name and click on visit site and once the wordpress website loads the layout should look a little different than what we saw earlier in this video series because now we're using a custom theme so what you want to do is find a theme that really works for you and the website that you're making and then go and install and activate that and there are a bunch of different websites that you can go to to find premium themes and I'll have a few links in the video description just those resources for you but now that we have just learned how to install our theme what I want to do is show you how to customize the theme so what I'm gonna do is hover over my website name and I'm gonna go back to the themes page and once you're back on the themes page underneath appearance right here you should see a link for customize and this is where you can go to customize the theme options so go ahead and click on this and once you're on the customize page you should see some tabs over here and this is where you can go and change the settings for your WordPress theme that you're using so if you want to change the colors or the layout or any other options with your theme you can just come over here and play around with these tabs and then modify them and on the right-hand side you will see a preview screen right here so if you change any of the theme options here then the previous screen will refresh and you can see what the WordPress website will look like if you save the settings and at the bottom over here you should have some icons to see what your website looks like on the PC or laptop the tablet device or the mobile device so you can play around with these just to make sure that your website looks correct and I don't want to go into too much detail with all these different tabs because again they're going to be really specific based on the theme that you're using so if you're using a different theme then the developer might have created different tabs for you for your website so we can just go in here and just show you a few of these so if I go into site identity this is where I can upload my logo or change my site title and add a favicon and if you do make any changes you want to make sure that you click on the publish button just to save everything so we can go back right here and on this theme we have a tab called a parent settings and if we go in here and just go to the general settings we can choose the page layout that we want or the blog layout so there are some options with a sidebar or a full width page and then you should have a tab with typography so if you want to change the font styles or anything like that it's really up to you so again what you can do is just go into your customize page and play around with these tabs and choose whatever settings that you want and I'll just show you really quickly how this works so if I go to header options and go into this tab right here I can change the color of this header right here by going down here and just selecting whatever color I want and you can see that the preview screen updates and if I like this all I have to do is click on the publish button right here and that's gonna save my settings and I can just go back and then play around with these other options if I want okay so again this is just an introduction to the customize page because your theme is probably gonna have different tabs than the themes that I'm using and again you want to go in here and play around with all these different tabs to choose the options that you want for your theme and once you're ready make sure that you click on the publish button and then we can just exit out of this and go back to our WordPress dashboard so we're gonna do that right now and once we're back on our WordPress dashboard I'm gonna move on to the next tab over here called widgets so if you're ready let's click on this link right here and once you're on the widgets page this is where you can go to customize your sidebar or whatever other options that you have with the theme that you're using and what you're gonna do is drag some of these available widgets on the left hand side into these different sections to customize these options that you have like sidebar or footers or whatever else that you have so let me just show you on the wordpress website that i have right now that we have our homepage right here and this is our blog page and we have a sidebar right here and you can see we have a search box recent post recent comments and so forth and each of these are different widgets that we added to our sidebar so if you want to go and customize your own sidebar you can just drag some of these widgets into this section right here called sidebar or you can delete these default widgets by clicking and expanding and just clicking on the delete button right here so if you do want to add a widget what you can do is click on it and you'll get this little pop-up right here and then just select where you want to add the widget and click add widget and it'll add it right here or what you can do is just click and drag it into the section right here and just drop it in and then if you make any changes to it you want to come down to the bottom and click Save okay so this is widgets and this is how you can customize your sidebar and if your theme lets you customize these other options if you have them over here so I'll let you do this on your own and again the sidebar depends on the layout that you choose in your theme options so if you don't want to have a sidebar then you don't need to customize this section but I'll let you play around with this on your own and what we're gonna do is just move on to the next link right here called menus so once you're ready go ahead and click on that so this is the menus page and this is where you can go to create header menus and footer menus and any other type of menus that you want so what I want to do is just quickly show you how you can create a menu for your WordPress website so if you need you can click on create a new menu if you don't have any menus right now you can just go in here and just type in a name for your menu and then just click on create menu and once the menu is created what you can do is come over here to where it says display location and if you want this to show up on the header for all of your different pages you want to select the primary you and if you want this menu to show up on the footer you can select this option right here and you can always create additional menus for the primary and the footer menus and there might be some other options depending on the theme that you're using and what you want to do is add some links for your header or footer menus or whatever menus that you're creating so if you have some pages already created you can come into the pages tab and just select the pages that you want to have links to so we'll just select three right here and click Add to menu and you can see that they get added right here and you can rearrange these in whatever order that you want and you can change the label for these if you click and expand them so we just want to change this to home so we'll just delete that and now we have these links right here and you can also create links with your blog post or if you want to create custom links you can just click and expand this and then type in the URL right here for whatever link that you want and then you can just type in some text right here for the label for the menu and then click Add to menu and it'll get added right here and then once you're ready all you have to do is click Save menu and now you have a header menu for your WordPress website and if we go to our website right here and we just refresh this we should see our header menu right at the top over here now okay so that's how you create a header menu and again you just want to make sure that you select the display location for whatever menu that you're creating over here and now what we can do is just move on to these other tabs that you might or might not have so again a lot of these links on this section right here are dependent on the theme that you have but since I have the header tab right here I'll just click on that and this just brings me back to the theme options to the header section so if I wanted to I can add a header image right here and a little earlier I showed you how to change the header color based on my theme options so there's really not much to do here and again you can always go into your theme settings and just select whatever options that you want so I just wanted to click on that header link since it was in the appearance tab so let me go back really quickly and what I want to do is just show you what the background tab looks like so you might not have this one depending on the theme that you're using but since I have it I'll just click on it and we'll go to the theme options again and if I wanted to add a background image for my WordPress website I can just go into this section right here and add an image so if you do want to add an image just click on select image and you'll get this little pop-up right here and you might have some images and you can click on upload files and then click on select files and then find the image that you want to upload for whatever thing that you're doing so for this I would upload a background image ok so that's just a quick little tutorial on how to upload images if you see this button right here so pretty much we have just covered our theme settings for our WordPress website and we also covered a few other things such as widgets and header menus and footer menus so we're done with this section if you have any questions leave a comment in the comment section otherwise keep watching because the next thing that we're going to cover in this video series is WordPress plugins so I'll see you in the next section

4 thoughts on “How to Use WordPress Beginner Series – Lesson 3 (WP THEMES)

  1. Hey J! I'm still here in between popping corn! Either I'm popping, or sleeping!!! Just no time to get this done. When you add a background image, where will it show up? In the header? Body of the site? Over the entire page? Or where? PS – There is no stupid question if you don't know! Lol. Hope all is well…

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