The theme of your WordPress website will define the overall visual appearance of your website and that will include color, layout of the body and sidebars and header & footer. There are two options for you to consider. You can get a custom theme developed by some designer and install it on your website or you can use one from thousands of already developed themes.
If your website is very complex and require custom setting, opting for a custom theme makes more sense. You need to create the overall layout of your requirement and give it so some theme developer. The developer will then design the theme and code it to work with WordPress. To install the theme, you can zip the theme created by your developer and then head over to your website’s dashboard and from Appearance menu select the submenu called themes. There you will find an option called ‘Add New’. Click on it and it will give you the option to browse and select your theme. Once you select your theme and click upload, WordPress will install the theme. If there are any errors in the theme’s coding, WordPress will fail to install the theme and give you an error message. If the theme is perfectly coded, there shall be no problem in installing the theme. Generally, your theme developer will test the theme and install it on your website.
This is cheaper compared to custom made theme but there are some limitations. You can buy a theme but you will not be allowed to make changes to the theme’s core codes. There will be a link of the creator of the theme on the footer. You will not be allowed to remove this link. The creator of the theme can actually sell the same theme to someone else. However, if you wish to make changes and remove the attribution link at the footer, you need buy the license of the theme. This will cost a lot of money and the developer of the theme will give you the full license of the theme. He or she will not sell the theme to anyone else and you can do whatever you want with the theme. You can change the core codes and you can also remove the attribution link. In short, trying to buy the full license of a theme from a renowned theme developer will be as costly as developing your custom theme. The choice is yours!
There is no point feeling sad! There are options that we will discuss in the next article. So, grab a cup of coffee or whatever you drink and take a short break. We have a long journey ahead of us.