Word Press themes overview

A WordPress theme is, according to the WordPress codex, a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. Themes comprise a collection of template files and web collateral such as images, CSS stylesheets, and JavaScript. Themes are what allow you to modify the way your WordPress site looks, without having to know much about how WordPress works, much less change how it works. There are plenty of sites that host free themes and or sell premium WordPress themes. A quick Google search for "wordpress themes" will give you an idea of the enormity of options available. However, when first looking for or researching themes, a good place to start is always WordPress' free theme gallery where you can easily review and demo different themes and styles: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/. The next screenshot shows the main page of the WordPress theme's directory:

Once you've selected a theme to use or work with, you'll activate the theme by navigating to Administration | Appearance | Themes in the left-hand side panel of your WordPress installation's administration panel. The next screenshot displays the Manage Themes panel:

That's the minimum you need to know about themes as a WordPress user. Before we get into more detail, let's get an overview of WordPress plugins and jQuery plugins first.

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