Article 9.1 - Change your theme using Appearance Tool

Change your theme using Appearance Tool

You know how to publish posts, pages, use and manage media files. However, your theme is very simple. You need to make it beautiful right now by using the Appearance tool in the Wordpress administrator page.

 

In the administrator page, you choose Appearance tool:

How to use wordpress – appearance tool

 I. Themes: manage, add new, change, customize Wordpress theme

 II. Customize: customize Wordpress theme you are using 

 III. Widgets: functions were supplied by Wordpress

 IV. Menus: create and manage menus

 V. Header: change options in the header of website.

 VI. Editor: edit source code of Wordpress

In this article, I'll talk about the Part I. Themes. The main theme is a theme that you've activated and you're using on your website.

I. Themes

 

How to use wordpress – themes function

1. Add New: adding new theme

2. Search installed themes: searching installed themes

3. Active: notice that the theme is the main theme.

3.1- Customize: customizing the main theme

4. Installed themes manager

4.1- Activate: activating this theme to the main theme on your website

4.2- Live Preview: preview how will your website look like if you activate this theme to the main theme.

1. Add new: installing a new theme

  • When you choose Add New function, you'll see:

How to use wordpress – add a new best free wordpress themes

a. Search: searching themes on the administrator page. You know the name of the theme. You type the name of the theme, enter Search

b. Feature Filter

You can use filters to search themes by mark checkboxes, too > Enter Find Themes

Colors - filter themes that have main color:

  • Black 
  • Green 
  • ....

Columns - filter themes by quantity column

  • One Column 
  • Two Column
  • ...

Layout - filter the theme by layouts

  • Fixed Layout - Content size, header size and sidebars size,... are fixed and they couldn't be changed.

How to use wordpress – what does fixed layout mean

  • Fluid Layout - content size, header size and sidebars size,...  can increase or decrease that depend on the screen resolution

How to use wordpress – what does fluid layout mean

  • Responsive Layout - Diagram showing the layout to suit each device (laptop, smart phone, tablet,...).

You can filter some other topics as Features, Subject.

Ex.:

  • You need a theme that has main color is black, it has 3 columns and responsive layout> You mark checkboxes Black, Three Columns, Responsive Layout

How to use wordpress – what does responsive layout mean

  • Choose Find Themes to start filter themes.

Then, you will be moved to Search Results tab that displays results.

  •  At Search Results tab, in Search textbox displays: black, three-columns,responsive-layout that correspond checked items Black, Three Columns,Responsive Layout

Note:

  • There are 3 buttons (Install, Preview, Details) that's below each theme that you've searched above.
    • Install Now: set up this theme in the theme library.
    • Preview: preview how will your website look like if you activate this theme to the main theme.
    • Details: detail information about this theme.

b. Upload

Ex.:

  • You go to the web that introduce beautiful and elegant themes. You like Ebuy theme (Wordpress themes free used in this example), you download  Ebuy.zip file that contains the theme package installer to your computer.
  • You choose an Upload tab to upload Ebuy.zip from your computer to the website.

How to use wordpress – filter best free wordpress themes

  • Click Choose File, choose Ebuy.zip package that you want to install. 

How to use wordpress – upload best free wordpress themes

  • Click Open or double click to Ebuy.zip package.

How to use wordpress – choose one of best free wordpress themes

  • Enter Install Now button to start installing Ebuy theme.

How to use wordpress – choose one of best free wordpress themes

You've successfully installed. You have 3 options:

  • Live Preview: preview how will your website look like if you activate this theme to the main theme.
  • Activate: choose Ebuy theme to the main theme for your website.
  • Return to the themes page: go to the theme manager.

c. Featured: display featured themes

d. Newest: display newest themes

e. Recently Updated: display recently updated themes.

How to use wordpress – start installing wordpress theme free

  • You can install Wordpress theme free by click Install Now. Choose Preview to preview how will your website look like if you activate this theme to the main theme, choose Details to view detail information about the theme.

4. Installed themes manager

  • Click Appearance > Themes or Return to Themes page (after you've successfully installed the theme), you will go to the theme manager that manage all installed themes in your theme library.

How to use wordpress - display recently updated themes

  • The Ebuy theme appeared in the theme manager. In the picture above, you see Active: Twenty Thirteen, it means your main theme is Twenty Thirteen theme. Choose Customize to customize the Twenty Thirteen theme.
  • If you want to set Ebuy theme to the main theme, you choose Activate button in Ebuy sample below.  Choose Theme Details to view details about the Ebuy theme.

Next, we're going to read Customize function.


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