The overall look of your website is determined by themes.

To choose a website theme, scroll down the left side of your “Dashboard” page, float over [Appearance], then click on the [Themes] link.

Appearance MenuYour site’s current theme appears in the top-left corner of those displayed.  It is labeled “Active” because it is in use by your website.

Theme choicesClick on the [free] button on the right-hand side of the screen. This will make sure you only see themes that will not cost you money to use.

Free buttonIn the “Search themes …” box type “responsive.”

Search menu

This will limit the themes displayed to those that work well on desktop, tablet and phone screens. Non-responsive themes may be hard for people to use on mobile devices, so choosing a responsive theme is best.

You may narrow your theme search further by adding another term to the “Search themes …” box, such as “responsive portfolio.”

Responsive Portfolio searchScroll through the themes and float over one you might want to use for your website. To see how your site will look, click on the [Preview] button.

Preview theme

If you decide to use the theme for your site, click on the [Save & Activate] button. If you decide to look for another theme, click the “X” button to the left of the [Save & Activate] button.

Save & Activate

If you do not activate the theme you have previewed, repeat the process until you have found the look that will best represent you.

One thing to consider when choosing a theme is the “header” size.  The header is the part of your theme that appears at the top of each page.  A header is a great way to establish your personal brand.  However, if the header takes up more than 1/3 of the page, it can make it difficult for people to find things on your site.  Make sure whatever theme you choose does not feature a large header image.  To learn how to customize your theme’s header image click here.

To learn more about themes and other ways to customize your website click here.

Once you are happy with the look of your website, click here to prepare content.

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