Themes for Beginners


What theme should I use?


Many participants in #cccwrite are considering as their blogging platform.

WPBeginner suggests considerations for choosing a theme, including:

  • “Responsive” — that word should be in the theme description — that means it is “responsive” to the devise being used and the screen width
  • Simplicity — easy to look at and use; simple design
  • Goal — design meets your needs [photos? text? announcements?]
  • Plus six other considerations that include complexities beginners might find daunting

WordPress Help Site is Learn WordPress. The Get Personality section explains how to choose and try a theme.

For beginners, I’d try these themes:

  • Apostrophe 2 [an example] This blog is now set at Apostrophe 2
  • Twenty Twelve
  • Twenty Sixteen
  • Twenty Eleven

They are free and basic blogs.

Just remember to ask questions in the forum.


Edublogs includes a great help area, including How to SignUp, Choosing Your ThemeBlog Appearance [themes, menus] How To Change Themes, StepByStep for Magazino Theme or Corpus Theme. Or visit the Complete User Guide.

For beginners, try:

  • Edublogs Default
  • Edublogs Responsive
  • Magazine Basic [this blog]
  • Able

Edublogs offers many resources for getting started with blogging.


Now: Take that first step — sign up and choose a theme to fit your needs !

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