Lesson 5: Install a Theme

Themes control the final, front-end look of your site. How your visitors are going to see it. So, this is always tricky, because everyone has their own ideas about what looks good and what doesn’t. So, I’m going to show you some options for themes.

And then, I’m going to show you what I do.

Let’s start with…

Install a theme from the WordPress Theme Repository

To do that, head over to Appearance > Themes and click the “Add New Theme” box:

You’ll see a list of all the themes in the WordPress Theme Repository. Thousands of them. And, this is where it can get a big overwhelming. Which is best? Which one will look the way I want? Which does everything I want to do?

There’s no real good answers.

It’s a matter of trying them and seeing what you like.

BUT… like I said, I’m going to show you what I do.

That said, to install a theme, simply click the “Install” button:

Just like with plugins, once it’s installed, the button text will change to “Activate”:

Just click the button again and that them will now be “live” on your site.

And, that’s it. Every theme is different with different options and layouts, etc. So, again, you just have to experiment and see what you like.

But, with that said, let me show you…

What I Do

And, that is to actually not rely on the theme for the design of my site. So, one of the great features inside Elementor is its “Theme Builder” options. What it does is let you build your theme pages IN Elementor.

Now, you do need Elementor Pro for this.

But, it’s well worth the investment.

I do it this way, because it “decouples” my design from the theme, so I don’t have to worry about theme updates and all that. Plus, I can build my theme how I want it to look. And, it’s all done through “drag and drop”, so you don’t need to be a developer to do it.

If this is the route you want to go, then we still need to install a theme, but we’re going to install a very specific one that’s designed to work closely with Elementor. And, that is the OceanWP theme.

To install it, just search for it in the Theme Repository. Then, install and activate it just like any of the other themes.

And, that’s actually it. We’re not going to do much with the theme itself. Instead, we’re going to use the Theme Builder in Elementor to build our header, footer, archive pages, blog post pages, home page… all of it.

So, if you want to now how to do that, let’s continue to the next lesson:

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