What Are WordPress Themes

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Updated: June 2, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress Themes

What is a WordPress Theme?

A WordPress theme is a collection of files to produce a graphical interface which provides all of the front end styling of your WordPress Website. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying WordPress software. Themes take the content and data stored by WordPress and display it in the browser. When you create a WordPress theme, you decide how that content looks and is displayed. In addition to the default theme included with your WordPress installation, you can also install your own WordPress theme to change the look and style of your site.

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WordPress Themes provide

 The overall design or style of your site
 Different page layouts, such as static or responsive, using one column or two
 Can display content anywhere you want it to be displayed
 Font styling
 Can specify which devices or actions make your content visible
 Over all colors
 Widget locations
 Customize its typography and design elements using CSS
 Other design elements like image and videos can be included anywhere in your theme
 Styles for blog posts and blog archives
 Additional stylistic details.

WordPress themes can be incredibly powerful. But as with every design project, a theme is more than color and layout. Good themes improve engagement with your web-site's content in addition to being beautiful.

Free or Paid WordPress Themes

Just like WordPress plugins there are thousands of free WordPress themes in the WordPress.org Theme Directory.

Many WordPress Websites use custom or paid themes.

The advantages of paid or premium Themes are like those of premium plugins.

Premium themes usually have a reliable code base and offer support if something goes wrong.

Some premium themes, operate more like a website designing software, allowing you to design and build your own multiple theme designs and page layouts.

For a very nice selection see Template Monsters Premium Website Templates and Themes.

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