This post should be one of the first posts you ever read about WordPress. If you have been around the WordPress atmosphere for a while, even for a short while, this post is probably not for you.
What is WordPress?
So, we’ll start with the basics. WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) on the internet today, with a market share of almost 28% of all the websites and almost 59% of all recognizable CMS’. This means, WordPress is the best choice for your next website.
WordPress sites can be divided into 3 areas you need to know about:
- The WordPress core
- WordPress themes
- WordPress Plugins
What is the WordPress Core
As a beginner, you will not deal with the actual WordPress core code (especially if you are not a developer), however, everything you do on your WordPress site is done thanks to the WordPress core.
What is a WordPress Theme?
WordPress have made it very easy for non savvy users to be able to create great looking websites without writing a single line of code. There are countless amount of WordPress themes out there that give you the ability to just add your website’s specific text and images, while the theme is in charge of the layout and the style.
Where Can I get a WordPress Theme from?
As mentioned above, there too many themes to count and there are lots of places you can find really good themes that will cater your any need.
The first place to look for a WordPress theme is on our special tool – Find a WordPress theme. You can choose from a huge variety of tags, depending on what you are looking for or you can just type it in. For example: if you need a wedding website theme, just type in “wedding” and this is what you will get – wedding WordPress themes.
Free WordPress Themes – The Repository
WordPress has a free repository filled with thousands of completely free themes. These themes are not actually made by WordPress, they are developed by regular developers that (sometimes) want to get their themes in front of as many people possible, in order to up-sell the theme into a premium version, a plugin or some other option. You can browse through the free WordPress themes 2 ways:
- Through the plugin area in your WordPress admin
- Through the repository directly
The only difference really, is that viewing through your admin area, you can hit install, unlike the other option.
Premium WordPress themes
There is a huge difference in theme quality between free themes and premium ones. Newbies usually pick the free version but after a while, you understand that (unless you are a developer and can create a theme on your own) premium themes are the best choice. There is no comparison between free and premium themes, you just have to try them both out to understand how much work and perfection goes into the premium themes.
There are plenty WordPress theme online stores and everyone can choose the one of their choice (if you are a developer you can create one from scratch) but here are a few main ones that are most successful:
Themeforest is part of a much larger group named Envato Market. They have specific markets for specific products. For example:
- Themeforest sells WordPress themes, html themes, Joomla themes etc
- Code Canyon – sells code. WordPress plugins etc.
- Video Hive – sells video clips
- Audio Jungle – sells stock music and audio
- Graphic River – sells vectors, graphics and print
- Photo Dune – sells photography
As you can see, this is a serious place to buy from. Most WordPress users and developers have probably bought a plugin or theme from ThemeForest at some point.
The top seller WordPress theme of all time is sold on ThemeForest:
Elegant themes is a much different type of store. While Theme Forest is more of a market, meaning that the actual developer of each theme is different (kind of an e-bay for themes), Elegant themes sell their own themes and plugins. Elegant themes have a really popular theme named Divi (plugin too) which is the no.1 scanned WordPress theme on our site.
So, that pretty much sums it up.
You now know what a WordPress theme is, how to find the free ones and how to find the top premium ones. All you have to do now is go find the theme of your choice and create your WordPress site.