WordPress Blog Template

If you write for an online publication and you don’t have access to the WordPress system then you’ll be asked to submit your blog, usually in Word.

If you’ve never had access to WordPress before, it can be tricky to work out how your blog post should be submitted and how you should lay out the content. Having worked with many bloggers across many different WordPress sites, this template is the one that seems to work best. So far at least – things are constantly evolving!

This template assumes that the WordPress website has an SEO plugin installed – most good websites will. Download it and get writing.

But before you start, it’s well worth reading this guide ‘Before you Start’.

Download your WordPress Blog Template here:

Free WordPress Blog Template

 

 

 

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8 Things to Think About When Choosing Your WordPress Theme

Choosing your WordPress theme is fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful too – is this the ‘one’? Does it really reflect my product, business or service? Is it too serious? Too fun?

WordPress themes instantly add a professional look to your website yet unless you’re prepared to pay for bespoke coding and additions, be aware that you’ll also be limited to the functionality and layouts that the theme provides. Just ‘moving the logo along a little bit’ or changing the positioning of text isn’t possible unless you’re prepared to code it yourself or pay someone to do it for you. But don’t worry, there are plenty of great themes out there that will have more than you’ll ever need.

And before you get your knickers in a twist, take a deep breath and read through the main things to think about when choosing your WordPress theme:

1. How much do you want to spend?

Your WordPress installation comes with three free themes that are suitable for blogs and there are also free WordPress themes that you can download. If you want a company page or more functionality then paying for a theme makes sense and premium themes cost around $70 (approx. £42). For this, expect theme support, better functionality and ongoing bug fixes.

2. Match your theme to your purpose

Whilst WordPress used to be a platform dedicated to blogging, it’s now evolved so much so that companies are building their websites around their blog and many themes reflect this change, with more company-suitable designs being released.

3. Does your theme match your logo?

If you already have a logo then you’ll want to find a theme that it fits with. Check out the colour combinations that come with your blog and see what the fonts look like too. If you have further money to spend, you can have these changes made bespoke for you.

4. Don’t be fooled by its appearance

Many themes look great but also try out their live preview. Click through as much as you can and better yet, find other blogs and website using that same theme and test it out. Does it work from a user point of view? Also look at it objectively – the main criteria for your blog should be functionality – does it have the functionaliy that you want? If you’re setting up a blog for example and want to run adverts, then make sure it has a layout for at least 2 columns.

5. Choose a theme from a reputable supplier   

Anyone can design and code a theme and upload it for free or a small fee. If its not coded well or doesn’t have support then you may end up becoming hugely frustrated with your design. Changing themes at the start of a website isn’t too much of an upheaval but it helps to change it as little as possible as you then have plug-ins and widgets that may need reconfiguring.

A personal favourite is  StudioPress . They have high quality design and coding that is reflected in their prices, but it’s worth it. Their support team are responsive and there’s a great forum to find answers and guides to setting up your website.

Take a look: StudioPress Themes for WordPress

6. Is there Support?

Most reputable WordPress providers offer support as and when needed. Sometimes the designer is available to answer questions and help out directly, sometimes there’s a forum and in some instances wordpress theme providers require a fee in exchange for troubleshooting.

7. Is your theme compatible?

Make sure your theme is compatible with as many browsers as possible otherwise some people may not be able to see your content. By ensuring w3 validity and cross-browser compatibility, you’ll be off to a solid start.

8. Check the T’s and C’s

Especially when choosing a free theme. If a theme requires a lot of backlinks back to their site, move swiftly on – this shouldn’t be part of the ‘deal’. And there are thousands of free WordPress themes out there, it’s just a case of searching through them for the right one for you. A great place to start for free WordPress themes is the WordPress Theme Directory.

 

What is hosting?

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In order to have a website that’s accessible via the world wide web, you need to have hosting. For individuals and smaller organisations leasing ‘space’ from web hosting companies is the most cost efficient and most easy to manage option.

So what is hosting?

Hosting is where your website will ‘sit’. Any images and content that you upload to your website will be stored with your hosting provider. It’s what gives the body of your website substance as it were.

If you’ve got personal websites or small business websites, then hosting can start from as little as a few pounds a month. Most hosting companies offer better deals if you buy annual hosting and this can start from £14.99 with companies such as TSO Host. Their Lite deal, for example, lets you host two websites, have 10 mailboxes and also has a one-click WordPress Installation functionality.

As well as using a hosting provider, many small businesses often have their own servers and can provide hosting for you, even if it’s not their main product. From a personal standpoint, managing your own hosting means that you have access to it as and when you want. In addition, many hosting providers have excellent customer service and can talk you through most problems.