Here’s how to install WordPress themes and plugins to customize and extend your blog. Themes change the way your blog looks — colors, layout, images, custom pages and more. Plugins add new features to your blog.
There are thousands and thousand of themes and plugins, both free and paid…
Watch How To Install WordPress Themes And Plugins
In this set of videos I’ll teach you more about themes and plugins and I’ll show you how to add them to your WordPress site and how to configure them.
I’ll talk a bit about starting out with a free theme to learn what you need and about whether paid themes like the “Genesis” themes are worth investing in.
And I have a whole video dedicated to my “plugin philosophy.” If you understand the right way to choose and use plugins then you keep your WordPress site running smoothly and help keep it more secure from hackers too.
Let’s get started…
Understanding WordPress Themes: Free Themes, Paid Themes And Genesis
WordPress themes let you change the look and feel of your site. When you change themes your content stays the same, it just gets put into the new design of the site.
There are free themes and paid themes. With paid themes you tend to get a lot more support and the themes tend to be more current.
I recommend themes built on the Genesis framework. They’re well supported and updated regularly in a clever way that makes it easier for you to customize your blog.
Here’s an explanation of what themes do and how you can change your site’s theme.
Customizing Your Theme, Header And More With The Customizer
The Customizer is a section in the WordPress admin dashboard that, well, lets you customize! Most of the features in the customizer can also be accessed from other parts of the admin dashboard.
Options in the customizer will vary a bit based on what your theme support, for example header images can only be set in the cutomizer if your them supports header images.
You may access the Customizer from the WordPress admin dashboard by going to Appearance > Customize.
What Are Plugins? How To Choose Plugins And Avoid Plugin Conflicts
Plugins are add-on pieces of software that add functionality to WordPress. There are thousands of plugins that do nearly anything you can think of.
Here’s an overview of plugins, why you shouldn’t install too many of them, how to choose good plugins and how to avoid plugin conflicts.
Jeremy’s “Plugin Philosophy” And Why It Matters
A lot of the WordPress problems that I help people with come from not following the ProprietorsWeb “Plugin Philosophy.” Learning the philosophy will help you run your site better!