Do you have a theme for your ministry?
A theme would be the subject matter of you ministry and it also is how you present your discipleship and ministry to the public.
In the last post we covered the basic structure of content in a WordPress website-blog.
to use WordPress we need a WordPress Theme. Selecting a theme is the next step to set up a website-blog.
Set up a Website-Blog with a WordPress Theme
A WordPress Theme contains the logic to create posts and pages and to receive them from the WordPress database and present them in an internet browser.
Most all WordPress themes have very similar logic to create pages and posts and to retrieve them from that database.
What varies is the logic in a WordPress themes that display the content in an internet browser.
There are similarities in the screen displays:
There is a header at the top of the page that contains the website-blog name and tagline.
This is typically followed by the navigation menu.
Then come the content and sidebars. At last there is the footer.
We’ll cover each of these in more detail.
Take time to browse the many possibilities.
So What About all these WordPress Themes
All of the WordPress themes are free. Just a handful of these WordPress themes are provided by WordPress. The vast majority are from individuals or other companies.
As I said you’ll notice similarities in structure but quite a few differences in color and layout dimensions.
You will want to put your own stamp on the theme design. Some WordPress themes have options for modifying the design layout. You can change color of the background, upload a logo or header image, change the color and style of text and choose whether or not to use a sidebar.
Some themes even give you more options.
But there is a limit to what you can do as a novice with a free WordPress theme.
As you would expect there are premium WordPress themes offered by third party companies.
The price is typically under $100.
The premium themes give you more options to modify the layout.
I use a premium them from StudioPress and CobaltApps. I’ll cover why in later posts.
When you install WordPress you have access to a few free themes from WordPress. So you can start creating pages and posts “right out of the box”.
But what happens to the content if you change themes. Nothing. Themes are independent from content. This is a good thing.
Let me know if you have questions. I will answer them.