What Is A WordPress Theme?
A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.
What can themes do
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. There are many options available to you when building your theme. For example:
- Your theme can have different layouts, such as static or responsive, using one column or two.
- Your theme can display content anywhere you want it to be displayed.
- Your theme can specify which devices or actions make your content visible.
- Your theme can customize its typography and design elements using CSS.
- Other design elements like images and videos can be included anywhere in your theme.
WordPress themes are incredibly powerful. But, as with every web design project, a theme is more than color and layout. Good themes improve engagement with your website’s content in addition to being beautiful.
Where To Find Themes
When researching about themes you need to know where to find WordPress Themes. The first place to start when researching about WordPress themes, are the WordPress Official Theme Directory at WordPress.org. This Theme Directory is located at https://wordpress.org/themes, with more than 5,000 themes available in theme directory. All themes available in this Theme Directory are 100% GPL and free to use for personal or commercial use.
A WordPress theme provides all of the front end styling of your WordPress site.
Most WordPress themes provide:
- the overall design or style of your site
- font styling
- widget locations
- page layouts (or templates)
- styles for blog posts and blog archives
- additional stylistic details
Advantages Of Themes
The advantages of premium themes over free themes are usually have a reliable code base and offer support if something goes wrong.
Now a days premium themes are bundled with required plugins for convenience (No need to purchase individual premium plugins). They even bundle with different layouts and different field requirements.