Note NOTE: This video refers to older versions of WordPress or external websites. While the general principles demonstrated may remain the same, specific details may differ slightly from when this was recorded.

Summary

Remember, it takes under 2 minutes to change a WordPress Theme. The design structure of your website is kept separate to your website's content. So by a simple click of a button you can change between themes without losing or grossly affecting your information. You don't have to spend weeks re-jigging the whole thing like you would have had to even just a few years ago.

Write down some initial thoughts, as to what you might require in a Theme, concerning colours, but more so layout, design and the number of columns. Many of them can be customized and adapted regardless of their initial colours.

Get a feel for how they place the Navigation bar, the width of the writing and the tabs relation to the rest of the site. How are the buttons arranged and display? Have a look at other pages than the Home page, what's changed, what's different?

Walkthrough

Browse through Wordpress.org to view some free options. It might also be worthwhile to have a look at themeforest and WooThemes for more advanced and designed premium theme options.

In the SelfAssemblySites Members' Area, we have more information and videos on the pro's and con's of free and premium themes, when to use one or the other, some rules of thumb when trying to decide and some recommended theme designers.

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