I've noticed lately there have been a lot of question in live chat asking about the dashboard of WordPress and where things are and how to use the features.

So I thought it would be a good idea to put together a bunch of tutorials covering the different areas of the dashboard.

This video is the first of 3 videos covering the Appearance area of the dashboard, which are Themes, Widgets and Menus.

This video is about Themes.

Here is the link to the next video - Widgets - https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wordpress-dashboard-tutorial-widgets

If you have any questions please don't hesitate asking.

I believe in you!
Leo

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CatAdam Premium
I tried to access your video on Themes but got an error message. "The content could not be loaded because either the server or the network failed or because the format is not supported."
Can you help me with this?
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TCUK Premium
Does it happen only for that video or all videos? For technical problems It akways helps if you could add information about hardware and software you are using e.g. pc, windows 10, google chrome browser version... and probably emailing support may get you a quicker answer because for this type of issues it may not be easy for us (community) to fully help
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CatAdam Premium
Yes, I can see where more info might be of help. I'm using Windows 10, Chrome browser and this has only happened with this video. All the other videos I've accessed worked just fine, it's just this one.
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leoemery Premium
I just tried it and it plays fine - could have been a temporary issue with the WA server or an issue on your end
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TCUK Premium
I am not at my computer right now, but the video works fine for me on iPhone 6+ so that means that it may not be a server based problem because the video is being served. I hope you get it sorted or maybe someone from support can help you, I’ll try from my windows/chrome pc later in the morning. Good luck
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Urolin1981 Premium
Hi Leoemery,
Thank you for this great tutorial on Themes.

James
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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LunaGirl3 Premium
Great tutorial video! Thank you Leo for sharing your knowledge with us. :)
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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drcmaint Premium
Thanks for this.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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pjjtz Premium
Oh,my oh! how I do thank you for this tutorial,Please do keep it active for a long time.I will need to go back to it.
Two question:
1, How do I delete the theme on my li ve website? Do I do this when ready to install a new one?
2. how do I install a sub domain?
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome and don't worry this training is not going to be removed.

When you install and activate your new theme you don't need to delete the other theme if you don't want to it will simply be kept in the themes area.

However if you do want to delete an old theme - go to the themes area place your cursor over the them you want to delete - click on it and at the bottom right you will see the Delete button.

As for creating a sub domain Sylvia did a video walk through about that
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pjjtz Premium
Thanks. Always so helpfull.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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JohnFry Premium
Great! Wish I would have had it sooner!
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suzzziq Premium
Hey Leo:). Thank you for the video! Quick question...I have a tester site that I created, and I spent 3 hours today playing around with different themes. I finally went to my website and changed themes. The only thing it messed up were the sub headings on my blogs, which I'm still trying to fix. Question...I'm not positive that I like this theme either. Is it possible to change again? I'm looking for one where I can add a logo, and I thought I could w/this one, but apparently not.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome - and you can change themes as often as you like
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Igor13 Premium
Thanks for the tutorial.
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pippys Premium
Wow This helped me a lot going to watch the last of your series next kyle sent me this post and I'm glad he did you do an excellant job explaining to someone who never built a site. Thank You. I have 1 question How do you make the fool around site to play with do i create another website with rubix?
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leoemery Premium
Yep you can use a free site rubix site, as a premium member you get 25 of those free sites.
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pippys Premium
what was that theme name you used? Im new to site building and just cant tell what the theme will look like although now I will build a play site and just load dif ones but I did like yours with the red bars
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leoemery Premium
The theme is called blogolife
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MistiC1976 Premium
Thanks Leo! I appreciate it!
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KJ71 Premium
awesome stuff Leo! thanks so much!
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Montse Premium
great tutorial Leo!. very helpful thanks.
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CaniceO Premium
Leo, thanks so much i find your Tutorial very very useful.....am following you now
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barsum52 Premium
Thanks for your great training Leo. You Rock!
Barry
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damienmorgan Premium
Leo,if you only have 1 website and would like to change your theme and do so,can you reverse it and put back the current theme again?
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leoemery Premium
You can switch themes at anytime, and this included going back to your old theme (current) if you want.
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Seajay Premium
Excellent tutorial. Thank you Leo for sharing this!
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leoemery Premium
No worries, glad you liked it
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Lorna43 Premium
Thanks for your help Leo
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leoemery Premium
No worries anytime
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Lorna43 Premium
I found it in your tutorial...thank you!
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leoemery Premium
Cool, if you have any other questions don't hesitate asking
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Lorna43 Premium
I can't find the WordPress Dashboard???
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stephhill Premium
Click on the SiteRubix bar (turquoise color) on the left hand side and scroll down to where you see your site and click on the Log In Now blue button. That will take you into your Dashboard of your WP site.
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leoemery Premium
Once you have installed wordpress (a theme) as soon as you login into your website either through the hosting here or through www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin you will be at the dashboard.
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Chopszzz Premium
Thank you for this Leo!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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ChrisBL Premium
Hi Leo thanks friend, great teaching,
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leoemery Premium
Thank you and you're welcome
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ChrisBL Premium
Can you tell me Leo, how long before you shouldn't or can't change your theme, after ranking or what if you know what i mean
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leoemery Premium
Changing your theme has zero affect on your ranking. You can change your theme anytime you want and as often as you want.
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ChrisBL Premium
Thanks Leo that's just the answer i wanted.
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Linlin Premium
When we try out other themes using our existing website don't we simply live preview it and if we like it we activate?
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dhicks35 Premium
Linlin,
I think you are correct. I just tried it on one of my inactive sites and it gave me an option to activate or not. Hope this helps.
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leoemery Premium
Yep you can live preview before you activate a new theme
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waddle9 Premium
Thanks for the useful video!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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Humphreyl Premium
Very useful training videos. Thank you for sharing.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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artsychic Premium
Whoa thanks for posting this!! your way of teaching is so easy to understand. looking for more of your videos!
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome I'm glad you liked the video
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dhicks35 Premium
Leo, Thank you very much for the tutorial...Much appreciated,
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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dhicks35 Premium
Much appreciated...it worked.
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bigfootchs Premium
thank you
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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msh2501 Premium
Thank you for the training. Martha
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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vessel Premium
great İnfo..thank you Mr. Leo
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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elecamp Premium
Hi Leo: I'm setting up a blog with the theme.Simplistic. I followed Kyle's video about deleting default Headers and posts etc. on a new theme.
Kyle's video worked for ."Hello World" and a comment but I can't get rid of the header "Simple Blogging" and under it "Simply Blogging" and then underneath where a post would be it says." No posts yet. Please come back soon." Should I just post over it?
How do I delete these? Did I choose a wrong theme? I love the colours (I've always wanted to use the correct Can.spelling!) but I can't get rid of that text.Any ideas?
Thanks for your help in the past!
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leoemery Premium
As soon as you create a post the No Post Yet will disappear.

As for the header image go to Appearance - then Customize - then you will see Header Image here is where you can upload you own header image - right now there is a default image - the one you see now.

If you don't have an image you can hide the image - that is done in the same place as you would upload a header image.

Then in the same Customize area you will see a link called Site Title and Tagline. If you fill those fields in that will now be displayed in your header.

Hope this helps
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SoupGypsy Premium
Ditto Leomery's explanation. Once you get in customize you have to explore to find the area(s) where those phrases occur. It takes some sleuthing because no two themes are the same, so don't give up. If you still cannot find it, post the question.
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dynamite8 Premium
Your a Life Saver. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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JustBob Premium
Thanks.
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sdawson Premium
Thank you so much
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome
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dhicks35 Premium
Thank you for making this available. I was looking for information on widgets and I think you may have answered my question. With appreciation,
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leoemery Premium
Glad I could help
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missyd Premium
Thank you for the info, I was hesitant to change themes, as I thought it would mess everything up on my website. This cleared things up for me.
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AdamsOnLine Premium
Hi Leo,

Can you put together some info on Child Themes. What are they, how do they work, do you need a child theme, what are the advantages, etc.?

Thanks, you make things easy to understand,

Ed
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leoemery Premium
Actually here is a good reference about child themes which will help you understand them better and will answer all your questions: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/wordpress-child-theme-pros-cons/
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AdamsOnLine Premium
Thanks Leo for steering me to that tutorial. After reading through it I have decided I don't want anymore children. 3 Boys are enough.

I did learn what child themes are, so thanks again for your help.

Ed
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leoemery Premium
You're welcome - you will find that most professional themes will use a child theme - and in reality it's really not a big deal.
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sbassett Premium
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been thinking about changing my theme, and your suggestion about using a test site to try things out has really helped. Now I can test different themes without making a big mess!
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Shields Premium
Yes, Leo, I would like to share the post with my followers; and, of course, get it on Google.
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leoemery Premium
Ok that's 2 different things - Any post you write here on your WA blog will be shared to all of your followers - to share a post you wrote here (WA) to share with people that are on your mailing list or for people that visit your website - you can create a post on your site with your affiliate link going directly to your post so anyone that visits your site can see that.

You can also send out a message to your mailing list of your website - again including your affiliate link to your post here in the WA - people will be able to read your post but of course they can not navigate the WA until they sign on as a free member.

You can also share your post socially - again use your affiliate link for that.

As for ranking in Google that comes down to great, valuable content and good keyword research - both of which together and individually will give you great rankings.

Hope that helps
Leo
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bobaye Premium
My apologies to all of you guys and gals (whether you missed me or not) - about ten days ago my computer started giving me problems - for no reason (that I could tell) it would switch off and reboot - sometimes as many as 10 times a day - it seemed to know when I was busy with something important and then whooops, on its merry road to enjoy a reboot - regardless of me, my work, or even my feelings - well, at one time I nearly (it was touch and go) made a decision to kick it in the gut !!

Then yesterday while I was hands-on checking inside the box for loose connections etc., the back of my hand touched something that burnt me it was so hot - it was the accelerated graphics card - wow - I switched of as quick as a frightened squirrel running for protection - and what do you think I found ???

Yes - the fan on that card was so hot it had seized onto its shaft and was not turning anymore - I had to break it to remove it - fortunately I had a spare in my box of lots of spares (I used to run a Computer Workshop and kept a stock of the most usable spares I needed for my customers so I wouldn't have to drive to the wholesalers every time I needed one) - so this morning I managed to get it working again !!

So it seems like I'm back to the grindstone again !!
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Eddie C Premium
Hi Leo, great tutorial. As mentioned earlier, there are so many themes out there I'm trying to still look for one theme so that I can promote WA. I'm right there with you in regards to buying a premium theme when it comes to these types of niche themes.
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leoemery Premium
I only use premium themes - not to say there are not any great free themes. When I do recommend a free theme I usually recommend the Blogolife theme - it is the one I used and will be using in all these tutorials
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Shields Premium
Really good. The idea of having a play-around is appealing to me. I have a question, once you have your site, how do you put on WA
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leoemery Premium
If you are a free member your site is already hosted here, if you upgrade to premium your sites are still hosted here either way those sites will have the extension url of siterubix.com - www.yoursitesname.siterubix.com

However if you have if you own your own domain name (www.yourdomainname.com) as a premium member you can transfer your hosting to the WA. Unlimited hosting and domains (great perk)

Welshy did a video showing exactly how to do that - https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/how-to-transfer-a-wp-site-to-wa-hosting

I hope that helps
Leo
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Shields Premium
I really did not ask the question right; It is my domain name, and I built it here at WA. I want to share the post, but I don't know how to send it so that it can be read by my followers, for example. I see these posts all the time, so it can't be too hard. I could send it as e-mail. Of course that's not it. Leo, do you know what I mean?
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leoemery Premium
Are you talking about sharing posts on your web site with the people following you here in the WA?
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Rick Jantz Premium
Great video, Leo. I think another question I hear is if there themes that are better for specific niches? I.e. blogs, products, photos, etc. There are so many to actually choose from.
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leoemery Premium
There are themes created for specific things, food themes, magazine themes, review themes and so on. When it comes to these types of themes it is best to buy a premium theme.

Themes like these are constantly updated and come with support - something that is very important when building a business online.

The places I have bought my themes from are Studio Press (I have all of them) Woo Themes and Thesis. But as you say there are thousands and thousands of themes to choose from.
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