Finding your way in the world of blogging can be a bit more of a challenge than you would first think. There is way more to it than just sitting down at your computer and writing out a few words and pressing publish.
The very first thing you need to do is choose a niche. You can read about how I found my niche here. Then you need to decide on self hosting (or not) and your domain. This is how I determined what I needed to do as far as hosting and my domain. I knew I would use WordPress for my blog because I was already familiar with it and because the WordPress dashboard is so simple to navigate.
The next step was to choose a theme.
Now, my first thought was “what is a theme?”. I had already chosen my niche….so why did I need a theme? Well, a theme is not what you are thinking. In it’s most simplistic explanation a theme is a template for setting up your blogging website. And – there are lots (LOTS) of them. Like more than anyone could ever have thought.
In choosing a theme you have to determine what you want your site to look like and how you want it to work.
Do you want buttons? Do you want to be able to customize fonts and colors? How about background images? How do you want to handle images at all? More questions than answers for damn sure! I had no clue.
I started looking at blogs I really like to try to find some direction.
In my process I decided I would choose my 10 favorite blogs and view them from a different perspective. When I would visit the site I would not read or even think about the content. My focus was one the “elements” of the site that I liked and disliked. I was looking for the “pieces” of how the site worked. After 10 blogs I realized what I really liked (buttons that make navigating the site easy) and what I really don’t like (lots of rotating images). Lists were made of both the good and the bad – because I have to organize my thoughts to move forward. Now I had direction for what I wanted in a theme.
As we all know – Google can find anything.
I took the list of what I liked about the sites I had used in my research and I Googled themes that would provide the elements that were most important to me in how I wanted my blog to look and work. There are tons and tons of options. So I had to narrow it down a bit more. My next criteria was a theme that allowed me to easily customize the blog. I wanted to be able to change just about anything. Colors, fonts, layout, images, and more. At this point the options start to become much more clear.
There are a lot of free themes that look and function great. There are a lot of really expensive themes that are amazing. Then, there are some pretty fantastic themes that work really well and don’t cost more than I can pay. This last option is what I ended up with.
The theme I finally settled on, and am using today, is the Brunch Pro theme by Shay Bocks. It is really customizable and works just the way I wanted it to. It was $75 – but I don’t think that is too much to pay for a site that you can truly make your own. That was important to me. It can do so much more than I even know, yet 😉 – but you know I will figure it all out.
I learned a lot in my theme search and I’m really very happy with what I’m working with now. What do you like about the theme? What do you not like? How did you choose the theme for your site? Tell me…..
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