Articles on WordPress Themes

The articles listed below cover views and reviews of WordPress themes, and how they can affect your site’s performance. Click the headline to read the full article.

SEO Optimised Themes for WordPress – Are Premium Themes Better?

I saw a question today where someone asked if paying for a premium WordPress theme would improve the level of traffic to their website. The answer is ‘No’. There is absolutely no correlation between paying for a theme and the impact it has on the level of SEO optimisation of your website. The theme you… Read more

Can changing my WordPress theme affect my SEO?

The short answer is ‘Yes, it can do’, but not necessarily always for the worse. It could improve your SEO or it could make it worse, and the effect it has depends on a few things: How you set up your META tags (SEO title, SEO description, index/noindex tags, etc) How good the coding of… Read more

The Design Limitations of WordPress

I read a post on the Warrior Forum the other day bemoaning what the poster saw as the design limitations of WordPress. While WordPress, which is a Content Management System, does have some functional limitations, it does not have any design limitations. The reason is simple: WordPress itself doesn’t touch the design aspect of the… Read more

How to Customise WordPress’ Appearance

I’ve seen quite a lot of questions recently asking how to change the appearance of a WordPress site. Update: 20th November, 2018: The steps outlined below for editing your theme’s stylesheet are correct, but some time ago WordPress introduced a ‘Customise’ link under the ‘Appearance’ menu item. Clicking that link will take you to a… Read more

Do You REALLY Want to Build Your Own WordPress Theme?

‘I can’t find any WordPress themes I like so I’m going to build my own’ is a statement I see a lot on places like Twitter. If you’re an ace coder (really ace) with a good understanding of SEO (really good), that’s a great route to follow. There’s also the option of using Artisteer, a… Read more

Can Changing Your WordPress Theme Affect Your Search Engine Love?

Yes, it can is the short answer. I used to think of a theme as nothing more than a nice colour scheme when I first started blogging. As long as I liked the colours, and as long as it had enough sidebars, I was a happy camper. How wrong I was. WordPress themes have progressed… Read more

How to install a WordPress Theme

A question that I see quite often is how to install a WordPress theme. WordPress themes, particularly Premium Themes, are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Themes like Thesis are more than just themes – they’re platforms that enable you to maximise the power of WordPress. If you’re a serious blogger, but not a PHP wiz, you should… Read more

Which Are The Best WordPress Themes?

Update – 4th September, 2012. This article was originally written in March 2009 – an age ago in Internet terms. Since then I’ve come to realise that many themes you find online, i.e. not in the WordPress repository, contain hidden code. Often this code contains links to completely irrelevant sites but it can, of course… Read more

How to Change a WordPress Blog Theme

Important update – 30 June, 2009 This post was originally written when WordPress 2.6 was the current version. We’re now on WordPress 2.8, so I’ve created a video demonstrating how to change themes on WordPress 2.8 – you can find it here. I saw a question in a forum today where someone asked how to… Read more