Customizing Your Design

STEP 3 Design Your Website

Bluehost WordPress select theme

Once you have successfully installed WordPress to your domain, you’ll see a very basic yet clean site.

But you don’t want to look like everyone else, do you?

That’s why you need a theme – a design template that tells WordPress how your website should look. See an example of a free WordPress theme that you can install:

Illdy theme template

Here’s where it gets fun:

There are 1500 of awesome, professionally designed themes you can choose from and customize for your own site.

Most of the WordPress themes are free to use and highly customizable. 

Here’s How To Find a Theme You Like

1. Log into your WordPress dashboard

If you’re not sure how to type in: https://yoursite.com/wp-admin (replace “yoursite” with your domain).

This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like:

WordPress dashboard (backend)

Everything is easily labeled. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t sweat it – we’re going to show you where to go next.

2. Access FREE themes

Once you’re on the dashboard, you’ve got access to over 1500 free themes! Just search the sidebar for “Appearance”, then click “Themes”.

We’ve even compiled a list of 25 most popular WordPress themes.

If you want something more professional or elegant than what you find here, you can head over to ThemeForest.net where there’s a big library of themes to pick from at varying costs.

But before you do that, we really suggest you at least try spending some time browsing the free themes. Many of them are actually really professional and well made; so don’t write them off.

Free WordPress themes

As you can see above, installing a new theme for your website is very easy.

You can search for specific keywords and/or use filters to find themes that suit your style. Finding the perfect theme can take a while, but it’s worth it.

You should also look for themes that are “responsive”, as this means they will look good on any mobile device.

Just punch it in as one of your keywords, and you’ll be all set!

3. Install your new theme

Once you have found a theme you like, installing it is as simple as clicking “Install” followed by “Activate”.

Installing WordPress theme

IMPORTANT: Changing themes won’t delete your previous posts, pages, and content. You can change themes as often as you want without having to worry about losing what you’ve created.

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