In our previous article, we already talked about WordPress and find out all the benefits that WordPress can give us. If you not aware what is WordPress, you can read our article Is WordPress the Best Website Builder?

For those who are using or planning to use WordPress, we want to explain How to Change Themes in WordPress and what themes are best to choose for your website. We’ll give you an easy, step by step instructions on how to install, activate and customize your themes.

What Themes Are Best to Choose for Your Website?

First of all, we have to find the answer to what themes are best to choose for your website? Many WordPress themes comes with lots of animations, colours and complex layouts, it can be very tempting to choose a more complex and colourful theme, but many studies have shown that less complex themes with black font on a white background work the best, because they are easy to read and navigate.

Do not choose very complexed themes, which can be hard to navigate, because if people will struggle to navigate your website they will leave. Never choose themes with too bright, multi-colour or too small font, because they might be too hard to read and hurt people eye.

It is vital to choose a theme which is mobile friendly, because more and more people are browsing using smartphones these days. If your theme is not mobile friendly, it will be hard to navigate and read on a mobile phone screen. Mobile phones users will leave your website and very likely will never come back if they will struggle to navigate your website using a smartphone.

We will explain how to check if your theme is mobile friendly later on this article.

How to Change Themes in WordPress?

Now, once we know what themes are best to choose, let’s talk about how to change themes in WordPress.

First of all log in to your WordPress dashboard, where you can edit your articles and customize your website. Click on Appearance and Themes.

How to Change Themes in WordPress

Then press Add New to add a new theme to your WordPress Website.

How to Change Themes in WordPress

Now you have to choose a suitable theme out of thousands of WordPress theme choices. Consider what design and style you want your niche website to be and try to find a suitable theme for your website which meets the criteria we talked about earlier. You can search themes by a name, featured, latest, most popular or favorites.

How to Change Themes in WordPress

Once you have found a theme you want to use, point your mouse cursor on it and press Preview or Install.

Preview will show you how that theme would look on your website.

Install will install your chosen theme on your WordPress.

How to Change Themes in WordPress

Once your theme is installed, press Activate button under your theme to activate it.

How to Change Themes in WordPress

Well done! Your theme is installed and activated. Now you can make changes and customize your theme to your personal preferences to make it more unique.

How to Customize Your Theme on WordPress?

We highly recommend customizing your theme to make it unique and stand out from other users’ websites using the same theme. It is very easily done.

All you have to do is to press Appearance and Customize in your WordPress dashboard.

How to Customize Your Theme on WordPress

Once you’ll do that, this window will open.

How to Customize Your Theme on WordPress

In this window you can change Menus, Widgets, colours add your personal logo, customize header and footer, change the layout of your pages, add background and other images. If you know any HTML coding, you can change and customize everything on your installed theme and see changes on your website in the preview screen, on the left, straight away.

General Settings

In general setting usually you can change a few minor settings like copyright text.

Site Identity

In site identity you can add your brand logo, the title of your website, tagline and icons.

Header Image

Here you can add a header image to your website.

Front Page

You can add items like banners, sliders and featured posts to your front page.

Blog Feed

In blog feed you can make information like date, author, category or comments visible for each post.

Posts

In the posts section you can usually change your posts layouts, show or remove featured images for each post, show previous posts.

Pages

Here you can change the layout of your website pages.

Custom Colours

You can change your website background colour here.

Background Image

In this section you can add a background image on your site.

Menus

In this section you can change your site menu layout and location.

Widgets

You can add various widgets and change widgets location on your website.

Homepage settings

In here you can choose what’s displayed on the homepage of your site.

Additional CSS

Add your own CSS code here to customize the appearance and layout of your site.

Customization menus can be slightly different depending on the theme.

How to Check your Theme Compatibility for Mobile Phones?

In 2018, 58 percent of site visits were from mobile devices and widgets made up 42 percent of total time spent online. Because of that reason, it is necessary to make sure that your theme is mobile friendly. If people who come across your website from mobile phones wouldn’t be able to browse and read it smoothly, most likely will leave and never come back.

You want to give those people the best user experience and impressions of your website and make them to come back.

You can check if your theme is mobile friendly for FREE.

Key Points

  • Studies have shown that less complex themes with black font on white background work the best, because they are easy to read and navigate.
  • In 2018, 58 percent of site visits were from mobile devices and widgets made up 42 percent of total time spent online. Because of that reason, it is necessary to make sure that your theme is mobile friendly.
  • You can change themes in your WordPress dashboard.
  • It is highly recommended customizing your theme to make it unique and stand out from other users’ websites using the same theme.

Conclusion

That is all you have to know on how to change themes in WordPress and what themes you should consider choosing. Having a good, easy to navigate and read theme can be vital for your website and traffic you will get on there. If people will find your site design very unattractive and hard to navigate or read most likely they won’t come back to your site.

Ask friends or people you know of widgets opinion on your website design and readability to help you predict if people will like your site and find it user-friendly.

We hope this article gave you the information you needed and an idea on how to change themes in WordPress. If you ever need a hand or have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate and feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out and answer your questions as soon as possible.

All the best,

Marius & Ndidi

Founders of howtoquit9to5job.com

 

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Very straightforward , and I like the fact that you’re using snapshots showing each step in detail. A few times before I couldn’t even find what I needed to edit in WordPress. I think that since you’re showing a lot of good info about WordPress themes, you should be an ambassador at WA!

    • Marius

      Reply

      Thank you Matthew, I’m happy that you found our article about changing WordPress themes useful. We aware that many poeple don’t have good IT skills or understanding of WordPress, so I have tried to create simple and easy to follow step by step guide with as many screenshots as possible to help people understand how to do it.

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