PART -1 : THEME
In an effort to spruce up the “looks” of my blog, I ventured into the hitherto unknown world of ‘ customizing your blog theme’. Sounds easy – trust me it wasn’t! I was quite content to let sleeping dogs lie. But no Siree, there were darker forces at work! Read on……
This entire thought revolution is attributed to Blogchatter (http://www.theblogchatter.com/) & Modern Gypsy ( http://moderngypsy.in/ )- former a community of blogging stars and the latter a rising shining blog star who agreed to mentor me (read hold my hand) through this process. And it’s because of the shiny new avatar of her blog, that I got sucked down the proverbial rabbit hole. Sigh! yeah a sucker born every minute or so………….. (but do check out her blog )
So the first thing needed for the ‘look’ of the blog is to choose a theme. I started checking out the “free” section of the WordPress themes and got stuck right at that juncture. I just couldn’t fathom out what would suit my blog content – there were so many themes, each with different features and no way to decipher which was better. How to differentiate?
So asked the jedi masters on Twitter for advise to pick on a theme and this is what I got :
Read the theme description and look for reviews. Just look at the theme demo.Do you like how it looks overall? Read the description for features.
Ease of navigation & readability should be priority, layout shouldn’t be clumsy, MUST be responsive. Look for themes that have layout which would suit ur content. Open it in mobile to check responsiveness. Description gives a good idea about the theme, look for customizing options to tailor it for ur needs, like a theme with carousels, gallery for a photo blog. A magazine, news theme for multi niche etc.
sometimes a good theme kicks in your
#Blogging mojo as well.We feel that 🙂
OK armed with all that info which had been dumbed down to my level, I bravely ventured where I had never before. And to my surprise, it all made perfect sense now.
I turned on the DEMO of a few themes (free) and observed how my blog looked in each. I spent two whole days in this – it was definitely very time-consuming. Everytime I switched on the demo, some parts of my blog would disappear especially the Sidebar (which has links/categories to help a reader select sections or preview how your blog is sorted) – very frustrating. Then I discovered Sidebars are of different kinds –
- *Primary – this will appear as the first column on the RHS (or LHS) as per the theme
- *Secondary – this will appear as the second column on the RHS (or LHS) as per the theme
- *Tertiary – this will appear as the third column on the RHS (or LHS) as per the theme
- *Footer – this will appear at the bottom of the blog
Some themes will have one or two or all three sidebar options. (The theme I have selected as this feature) Then there are some that will not have any sidebar option.
Once I played with about four different themes (as noted below),
- Apostrophe (the chosen one)
I knew which I wanted and why. I had observed how they looked in the demo and then clicked activate to see how mine would look. A few trial and errors and Voila…..
So now go ahead and play with customizing headers, footers, colours, fonts, widgets, menus, etc……… And yeah feel free to drop me at tweet/DM on twitter https://twitter.com/Shalz75 if you do get stuck.
Love the adulations I have been getting since the revamped new look of the blog. courtesy a new theme which was well researched and well-chosen to suit the content.
I am gearing up my Blog to participate in Blogchatter campaign #MyFriend Alexa to take my blog to the next level.