5 Questions About Themes for WordPress

custom WordPress theme designWordPress themes are one tool that you can use to help you build your website. There are a number of benefits to using the themes, because they allow you to customize your website and set up the features that you need for your business or website. Here are some commonly asked questions about WordPress themes.

What Are the Benefits of Themes?

A theme is what allows you to design your website with graphics, colors and functionality. When you choose a theme, you have these things already built into your site. Many themes will allow you to choose from a color palate, and to add certain features. It allows you to start setting up your website without knowing a lot of coding or much about design because someone has already done that for you.

Will My Website Look Like Someone Else’s If I Use a Theme?

It depends on the theme that you use. You can have someone build you a custom theme or design. There are WordPress designers that is all they do. If you use a free theme, you are more likely to have a website that will look similar to others, but you will customize your site with your text and your graphics or pictures. Premium themes may give you even more options to customize the site.

Can I Create a Custom Theme?

If you are comfortable coding in WordPress, you can design your own theme, or you can hire someone to do it for you. You can also customize themes that are already designed for you. Creating a custom theme for your website will allow you to have a truly unique website. This is a good idea if you are using the website for your business.

Can I Buy a Theme?

There are both free and premium themes available for you to use. The free themes are a great option if you are trying to be more budget friendly. The premium themes are updated more often and may be a safe option if you are going to go with an ecommerce site or you will collect contact information because this can help with your site’s security.

How Do I Choose a Theme?

The best way to choose a theme is to look at websites you like and find what elements that stand out to you. Then as you look for the different themes that are available, you can find the elements that are the most important to you. If you have certain things you want to accomplish, you may want to make sure the theme allows you to do that or will work with the plugins that will.

5 Steps to Starting a Blog on WordPress

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There are many benefits to starting a blog. You may be doing this to build a readership and customer base, or you may want to work on your marketing tools for your business. It may be a great way to keep your website content fresh and trending. If you are thinking about starting a blog on your WordPress site or if you just want to start a blog in general, here are five steps you can take.

Set Up the Blog

If you already have a WordPress site, then you will just need to turn on the blogging feature. The blog posts are created under the posts in the menu. They are easy to access. You may want to add the blog option to your menu and header. If you are starting the blog and do not have an existing website, you will need to choose a name, and either decide to host on WordPress, or to register a URL, and then find a site to host the blog. Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to start building your blog.

Determine What You Will Blog About

It is important to have a general idea of what you want to post about before you start. If you want to write a lifestyle blog, then you will have posts related to that. If you are blogging for your retail business or for a service industry, then your blog posts will focus on those businesses. This clear direction will help you over all.

Plan Your Content

There are many reasons why planning your content can be beneficial. It allows you to cover a lot of different things all at once and it makes creating the content easier since you have a plan in place and do not need to spend time brainstorming a topic. The planning allows you to plan to include specific keywords in your content. It will also allow you to determine the schedule. It helps to post on a regular basis.

Create Content Before You Launch

It helps to have several posts ready to go before you publish your blog. This will give your potential readers a chance to browse and more motivation for them to keep coming back, especially if they like what they see on the blog. You can determine how many blog posts you want to have online before you launch and begin advertising or reaching out on social media.

Start Marketing Your Blog

If you want your blog to be successful, it is important to start marketing it. You can do this through social media and by finding a network of similar blogs that you can participate in. Often these networks will do things to promote each other posts and create more followers for everyone involved. You will need to consider ads on social media and look at ways that you can share the information and hopefully have people click through to read the content that you have created.

3 Commonly Asked Questions About Using Images on Your WordPress Blog

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As a part of your website on WordPress, you may have a blog. Your blog can be an important tool and a way to reach out to your customers. In order for your blog to accomplish the things that you want it to, you need to consider the content that you include on it. Visuals such as graphics, images and infographics are great things to include as part of your blog.  Here are some answers to common questions about using pictures and other visuals on your blog?

Do You Need a Visual with Every Post?

It is a good idea to have related images or graphs with every post on your blog. It helps to break up the text and you can use it to illustrate a point. Some blog posts may lend themselves to have more images, like if you have a blog post that illustrates how to complete a graph or make a dinner. If you do this, you can have an image that takes your reader through each step.

Where Can I Find Images?

There are a number of different places to find images. You can take the pictures yourself and edit them to use online. Camera phones have improved to the point that these images are often high enough quality to use yourself. You can find the images online. There sites that offer a subscription service that allow you to use their images for a monthly fee or to purchase different images to use on your blog. You can look for images that the owners allow you to use as long as you give them credit and post a link to the license. You should never just download images that you find without making sure that you have permission to use it. You can be sued for using images without the owner’s permission.

How Can I Find Infographics for My Blog?

There are a few different ways to find infographics. You can make the infographics yourself. There are websites online that will allow you to make an infographic online. Canva is one option that allows you to do that. Another option is to hire someone to create an infographic for you. You may also look online for an infographic that a website has created that they are willing to allow people to repost as long as you link back to their site. Any of these options will allow you to post an infographic that is relevant to your business.