Creating a Basic Theme

Now that you've configured your site and created some content, it's time to make it look good! First, you'll learn a few ways to change your site's appearance without modifying theme files: using widgets, the menu manager, and uploading custom header and background images. Then you'll create a basic custom theme, starting with a standard HTML file. I'll walk you through the various WordPress template files you can use to make parts of your site look different based on context, and finally I'll show you child themes—a powerful way to customize existing WordPress themes while keeping the original code intact.

Top 100 Wordpress Plugins

Top 100 Wordpress Plugins

The bulk of the plugins featured are free and available from the WordPress.org website. However, a few commercial plugins are featured in the Plugin Showcase within this guide. The five plugins in the Plugin Showcase aren’t rated. Less information about them is offered because, in many cases, information such as the last time the plugin was updated isn’t available.

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