Wordpress™ Blog Templates
You have heard that blogging is good for your business. You have heard about professional bloggers making a living via blogging. You are set to get started, now what?
Wordpress™ is one of the popular blogging software packages around. You will need an installation of Wordpress™ on your web space and a Wordpress™ theme before you can start actually blogging.
The Wordpress™ theme creates the look and functionality of your Wordpress™ blog. There can be some plugs-ins added also to create additional functionality of your blog.
Accrete Web Solutions can create your Wordpress™ blog using:
- a custom theme to match your website if you will be adding the blog as a section of your original website or for those hosting their blog on a separate domain name.
- a semi custom theme which would be a theme you got somewhere else but would like some changes made.
- a premade theme which you have purchased elsewhere and need installed.
But first, check out what is included in each of our Wordpress™ theme packages.
Wordpress™ Theme Packages
Note: In Wordpress™ there are 2 types of "pages" within your blog. Those familiar with Wordpress™ call your articles posts and your static pages like About Us, Contact Us, etc. pages. They use 2 different template files. For those who are new to Wordpress™ we have referred to everything as pages below to make it easier for you.
Each custom Wordpress™ theme we create will include:
Search Engine Friendly Construction
Wordpress™ is pretty search engine friendly out of the box. We will keep the integrity of it's search engine friendliness by constructing the background coding to get the search engine bots to your content as quick as possible.
Consistant Theme Through Out
Through consistancy your readers will learn where all the parts of your blog pages will be. Typical elements of the pages will be carried out through out the blog. Some choose to have a slightly different layout on the blog's home page. This can be done with your custom or semi custom Wordpress™ theme.
Custom graphics will be provided in the custom Wordpress™ theme packages making your blog unique to you. Custom graphics can also be added to the semi custom Wordpress™ package.
All formatting will be done via an external stylsheet. This will give you one file to edit when you wish to change any of the formatting of your blog theme.
Basic Template Files
Custom Wordpress™ theme packages will include:
The 404.php file is used when someone makes a typing error accessing your site, someone linked to your incorrectly or you forgot to create a 301 permanent redirect instruction when you removed or moved something on the blog.
The archive.php file is used for your blog archives. It assembles a list of your blog posts (articles) based on the settings you use for your archives.
When you have multiple authors posting to your blog a separate Author page can be created for them. The author.php file is used for this.
As you post articles to your blog they should be filed under different categories to make it easy to find all your articles related to one theme within your blog. Wordpress™ uses the category.php template file to assemble the list of all posts filed under a category when a category is selected by the reader.
The comments.php file is used to insert the comment box at the end of your articles which your readers can use to leave their comments on your article.
Each page of your blog needs a footer. The footer.php is used to insert a typical footer to each of the pages on your blog.
Wordpress™ uses some built-in functions to run the software. Additional functionality can be added to your blog by inserting the required coding into the functions.php template file.
Each page and post on your blog requires certain coding in the top of the background coding of your theme. The header.php file is where this is and it is reused on each of your blog pages.
index.php is the default theme template file. If Wordpress™ can not find a specific template file to use to render a specific page within your blog the index.php file will be used. It is also used for the blog's home page if a specific template file has not been created for the blog's home page.
Remember above we mentioned there are 2 types of "pages" within your blog? The page.php theme template is used for pages. These would be your About Us, Contact Us, Site Map and any other pages you create within the blog.
Wordpress™ comes with a built-in search function. The search.php file contains the coding for the search results when a user uses your search form.
When using Wordpress™ your side navigation is called the sidebar. The sidebar.php file includes the coding for all the items in your side navigation and is inserted into the other template files via program coding.
Posts (your articles) use the single.php theme template file. There is coding in this file to "fetch" an individual article when your readers click a link to it elsewhere on your blog.
The style.css file is the external stylesheet we spoke of above. It contains all the formatting coding which sets the presentation (look) of your blog.
Why did we go to the trouble of being so specific as to the theme template files included? Because some themes do not include all of these. You needed a checklist to be able to compare prices.
Additional purpose specific theme templates can be added to your Wordpress™ theme package. Semi custom themes can include any of the missing files above. Just ask when ordering.
Custom Wordpress™ Theme
When creating a custom Wordpress™ theme for you all the graphics and colour scheme will be created just for you.
Included in our custom themes category would be creating a theme to match your existing website theme.
Request your free estimate today! Please note if you will be requiring a stand alone blog theme or one to match your existing website theme in the comments box.
Semi Custom Wordpress™ Themes
You have found a theme elsewhere but it needs some tweaking. We can do this for you plus add any missing basic theme files listed above. Double check the terms of sale for the theme to make sure you are permitted to have someone other than the original designer edit the theme.
Editing existing images of a prebought theme will require the original files the images were created with, not the web ready images included in the theme you purchased.
Request your free quotation today. Don't forget to include your list of changes required and the web address of the theme you wish to have customized in the comments section.
Premade Wordpress™ Theme
Sometimes budget does not allow for a custom or semi custom theme for you blog. We can help you find a suitable premade Wordpress™ theme to incorporate into your blog.
Contact us today. We will be glad to help you find a premade theme to suit your budget. Please note your budget in the comments box.