Hello and welcome to this training called

Paid or professional themes for Wordpress

As many of you already know, choosing your themes is very important so as to get the right look and feel of the website you are building in your niche

So the first thing I will say is this, its really important to remember what is the most important part of your whole online business and that is your content, to give you an example I have just recently purchased some more training in email marketing, there was only one thing that made me buy this product and that was the very low price.

I did not purchase this product because the website I was on had really fancy banners or pictures or one of those picture gallery's that seem so popular theses days.

So when choosing a theme the best why to think is this, what is the best theme that will display my content in an easy to read and easy to access way, in other words

KEEP IT SIMPLE

So what I am going to do is show you around one of the most popular bogging themes on the internet and also give you a run down on the benefits of investing in a paid theme for your business as well as addressing some of the most commonly asked questions about themes in WordPress

1. What is a child theme

The best way to explain it is like a car, WordPress is the engine of the car and the theme is the spray paint of the paint job, it gives it a style. When you use a theme with a child theme you have to upload 2 files instated of one. You upload the framework first then the child theme.

The picture above is what you should see when your theme is uploaded and activated

The framework is the engine of the theme and the child theme is the style, in the car analogy you have just supercharged the engine of WordPress because the framework is like having a better engine that does more things and has more bells and whistles.

It gives you greater functionality and when to comes to web design functionality is everything, not only that its easy to use and comes with a full instruction manual. Its like going from a family saloon to a sports car

How to upload and active a theme that has a child theme

With most themes you want to use you just upload the theme and click activate and that's it

To use a theme with a framework and a child theme the following steps need to be taken

1. Have the theme files somewhere on your computer that is easy to access

2. Go to appearance>>themes>> click add new

3. Select the framework file and click upload

4. Once this file has uploaded, Do not click activate

5. Click add new again, upload child theme

6. Now click activate.

END - Your theme should now be activated you have now activated the engine and the style sheet and your ready to go

Next lesson - What are the benefits of a professional paid theme



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Susan11 Premium
Also does WA Word Press have a manuel I can go to to get answers for my most pressing problems like how do I get the Old Pictures off of my Theme page that has nothing to do with my website.?
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Belden Premium
Type your question in the help search box above and you will have the answers. It could be a training or a blog. You can also ask questions on Live Chat. @Rich is the guy to ask.
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Susan11 Premium
Since WA Word Press defaults. Can I do the same with these Word Press as You described above to make my theme look better, and work as you describe?
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Belden Premium
Paid themes are much better than free themes in my opinion. Once I used Genesis on my websites I don't want to use free themes anymore.
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amgolf Premium
Thank you Bary for your information
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googs Premium
I didn't understand any of that. Recommend more pictures and detailed examples of what is trying to be accomplished and what is happening with the benefits of a paid website.

I saw two pictures, but I don't understand which one you will see as an initial load page. Does this help you set up menus easier, or does it give you a splash page?

Also recommend spell check. I think you meant sedan and not saloon. The other was blogging and not bogging.
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philaccardo Premium
Hi: bout ery complete information here. But too much for a beginner like me.
I started a blog about paleo bodybuilding.
Could you give me the name of a simple theme that would be convenient for me please?
And I have a question: what is the difference between a WP theme and a WP Template?
When do you use them?
Thanks very much.
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
philaccardo: As a premium member you can have many websites. However, one website is generally a full-time job. What I suggest is to take, with your Premium Membership and come up with a shortened version of the main website and then try out 5 or 10 of the more than 2700 themes available on WA WP. Surely you will find a theme that you like that you can then replace with your main website very easily.

As to the WP Template, it is exactly what it says that it is. Take one of your shortened copies of you website and lay a template over the site. You will learn very quickly what a template does to a website. DAN
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philaccardo Premium
Thank you much Dan:
I just have a problem: I do not know how you "lay a template over the site"
Is there a training for this?
Or could you explain it to me?
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nathaniell Premium
As far as I know, there is no difference between a template and a theme. There is not specific theme that will "convert". This is just language that gurus use to make you want to buy their product.

You'll be building a blog-style website, so you just need a simple theme: white background with black text. With that style theme, you'll be able to follow Kyle's training nicely. I like your niche by the way!
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philaccardo Premium
thank you much Nathan.
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Jim-Bo Premium
Hi Barry, how much was/is Genesis these days? and

do you have to pay one time, or per month or per year?
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juleswftb Premium
Hello Tosh, you only pay once for a theme never pay a monthly fee for one. them forest is a good place to start.

http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress
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Jim-Bo Premium
I clicked that link 11 months ago and it's just loaded in. Boy was that a slow website or what?

;)
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JAZZmom41 Premium
Very good information. Thank-You, Barry.
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AntonioC Premium
Good information and I like the fact that you let people know to treat this as a business because it is your business. Great Job!!!
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bazboy247 Premium
Thanks

Barry
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Rich908 Premium
Great tips- I bought a child theme from Studio press last year but have not done anything with it due to other commitments.Should I use my child theme with my new website. I am not familiar with the child theme and find it frustrating when I cant follow the tutorials
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Darrenteh Premium
Thanks for sharing :)
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Indi-Em Premium
Thank you for the great training. I just have one question. What do you think of Elegant themes as compared to Genesis. Are they as good or are they more complicated for us beginners?
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bazboy247 Premium
I prefer the genesis theme, I don't know much about the elegant themes I have no experience with them
I guess I stick to what I know, the genesis themes seem to be the most popular blogging themes online they are perfect for blogging which is what we do

Barry
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katkatskitchen Premium
Hi I have used both and I prefer Genesis I love my studio press
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katkatskitchen Premium
Thanks for the great training I love my Genesis themes. I have bookmarked it so I can send people here who need to know
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Christabelle Premium
This is great training Barry! I have been reviewing this idea both with Studiopress and Elegant Themes! So your training has great timing!
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Inspiration1 Premium
Very good training. I agree with you that we should go for paid themes to secure the future. i am using the paid theme Iconic One pro by Themonic. This is simple and have many features. Do you have any suggestion about this theme? Thanks and best wishes.
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DLK15467 Premium
I do not have any experience with Themonic.
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AlexSol Premium
I switched to premium themes (not studiopress) a few years ago and I am not ever going with free themes again!

Besides the themes I am also getting premium support and some pretty amazing plugins that help me with social media and list building as well.

So yeah, premium themes are the best way to go.
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YumaBloggers Premium
Most free themes get regular updates but occasionally one will be discontinued and that happens regardless of free or paid, especially if there is a change to the core of theme languages like the advent of HTML5 and demand for Responsive Design. I also question the teaching of minimalism as a must in theme choices. This is your preference but the most popular blogs on the web like Mashable, Buzz Feed, ShoeMoney, JohnChow.com, etc.. don't have minimalist themes so there is a strong pull towards having a theme that highlight content snippets and puts more of your images and media in front of visitors. Beyond that I am glad someone has addressed the issue of adding child themes to Wordpress.
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bazboy247 Premium
Yes I agree about these big sites but this training is really aimed at people beginning their first blog and keeping it simple stops a lot of overwhelm and confusion that I see so much of on here especially new comers
With free themes there is no guarantee of the theme being updated as its free just like free plugins that get left outdated and when Wordpress updates they are no longer compatible
My theme is updated for life with no cost ever

Barry
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JeanR Premium
Great training Barry. Bookmarked. .Thanks. .
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Judy-B Premium
I will probably buy a theme sometime. Did not know that the free ones quit updating after awhile. Thank you for this training. Will bookmark it. :)
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Loes Premium
Thanks Barry, I bookmark this for the future
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rosieM Premium
Excellent training! As a side note....did you happen to see the article about the new popularity of adult coloring? It was on Yahoo within the last few weeks.....hope it proves to help your endeavors!
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danbarth87 Premium
Great content. Very thorough. Well done!!!
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