If you just started using custom WordPress websites, you might be excited to make changes to your site. You may even have an idea of what your site will look like when it’s done. But if you don’t know how to design or code, it may be hard to make your vision come true.
Themes are a useful and built-in part of WordPress that let you change your site’s look and even add new features. In fact, if you choose the right theme, you can make your site look exactly how you want it to without having to know how to code or design.
What Can a WordPress Theme Do?
WordPress themes make it easy for people to build websites without having to learn how to code from scratch. You can initiate a theme from the WordPress directory or buy it from a third-party shop and then upload the file to your WordPress admin area. Your custom WordPress website design can be drastically changed by a theme’s features, such as:
- Navigation menu
- Custom headers
- Custom backgrounds
- Formats for posts
A simple and lightweight default theme is already set up on a new WordPress site. You can use it or switch to another free or paid theme. Some companies that host WordPress also offer free themes with their packages. Keep in mind that the design may change a lot when you switch WordPress themes, since each one usually has its own style and purpose anxnr.
Some may be better for complex business sites, while others are great for simple portfolios. Users can only turn on one theme at a time by default. Install a plugin like Multiple Themes to turn on more than one WordPress theme.
Types of WordPress Themes:
There are 9,000+ free themes which are available in the WordPress theme directory solely, not including the ones on marketplaces. For users to be able to find themes that suits their needs, the WordPress directory sorts them into:
- Layout – Categories themes according to a page format, like a grid or three-column layout.
- Features – Refers to specific properties that many people search for in a theme, such as RTL language support and footer widgets.
- Subject – Groups themes by their objective and niche, like portfolio and education themes.
WordPress Free Vs Premium Themes:
In addition to the categories described above, which can be found in the filter section of the WordPress directory, we’ll talk in more detail about other types of custom WordPress website themes, starting with free and paid themes.
Free WordPress Themes:
- They are free to download and install right away.
- Their designs and functions are usually much simpler.
- There are a lot of articles and reviews about free themes online, so it’s easy to see how other people feel about them. It can be hard to tell what people think about a premium theme.
- There isn’t much customer support, but most free themes have a user forum where you can talk about problems.
Premium WordPress Themes:
- Premium themes usually cost between $30 and $150. This is a one-time fee, but you may have to pay extra for extensive assistance and updates.
- They often have more advanced features that make it less important to use big plugins.
- Premium themes often have better customer service through email and chat than free themes, which only have a forum.
- Since their businesses rely on it, premium theme developers will always add new security and feature updates.
- The people who make premium themes want to sell you their product, so it’s important to know that some of their product descriptions can be misleading or overstated.