What is a WordPress Theme.

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A WordPress theme is a group of files (graphics, style sheets, html and code) that dictates the overall appearance of your blog or website. Themes can control something as vast as your site’s layout, or as minute as your hyperlink colors. It’s easy to think of a theme as a ‘skin’ or ‘appearance’ for your site, but they are much more powerful than that.

Rather than simply providing a look and feel for your blog/website, a theme enables you to control the presentation of your site. For example, let’s say you blog about food, but you also have an online store. The right theme can display your blog posts in a certain way while offering a completely different layout for your store’s pages.

Themes are an inherent part of WordPress. In fact, the platform includes a number of themes out of the box. However, there are a few reasons why you may want to choose and install a fresh theme on your site:

To improve your site’s visual appeal. If you have a specific vision for your site, you can choose a suitable theme and customize it to meet your requirements. To enable more design customization. If you have no design or coding experience, many themes offer a wealth of customizations to help you create the right design. To implement additional functionality. Depending on your needs, a theme may include functionality related to your niche that can’t be found elsewhere.

While the default or a customized version of a theme can work for plenty of websites, there are actually thousands of themes available to choose from, covering specific niches and purposes.

Types of themes

  • Multipurpose themes – A multipurpose theme caters to a number of different niches and site types. They usually include multiple kinds of pages, extensions, codes, widgets, and tools to provide more options for customizing your site, regardless of its focus.
  • Niche specific themes -Niche-specific themes are also customizable, but they’ll be always tailored to one specific topic or industry this is very common for people in real estate. They won’t include as much scope for customization as multipurpose themes, but the refined functionality will usually be laser-focused on the exact requirements you’ll have for your site.

  • Free themes – These are themes you can get access to from the Wordpress repository at no cost at all but the problem is that they are always very limited in features and are most times used to upsell the full version. Just say they are limited features version of premium themes i won’t advise any serious business owner to go for these kind of themes.
  • Premium themes – A premium theme is fully packed and comes with full support from the theme developer it is still your best bet when going for a type of theme to setup your website.

  • Nulled themes – Nulled themes are cracked versions of premium themes as they contain a whole lot of modifications by hackers for malicious reasons, whenever you see someone trying to sell you a premium theme at an extremely cheap rate go on your heels as it will be used to take down your website and also steal customer data if your website is an Ecommerce website.