Blog Building- Part One- Themes

I really want to share my experience of my blog building since going self hosted. My blog is a work in progress and I really started it just as a hobby, I really believe if we share and give advice to each other we really can achieve anything we set our minds to.

So you have taken the huge step and gone self hosted dun dun duuuuun… you’ve hit the button and paid the invoice.

You’ve pooped your pants and stressed “was this the right thing to do and arrggghhhh what have I done”.

Migration has taken place and you’ve been left with an empty shell. No lovely theme no widgets just your text and media.

What do I do next you will be thinking,with all these words and pictures?

This is a guide to what I have done.

I just hope it might prove useful to somebody starting out and not really having a clue where to begin.

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Themes

First thing that you really need to think about is a theme, without the theme your blog is just bare bones.

What you need to think about here is how do you want your blog to look? What message do you want it to portray and say about you and your blog?

I chose one of the free themes available on WordPress. I have seen a lot of other bloggers buy themes from stores such as Etsy or sometimes they may employ  a company or a freelancer to design a theme specific to their needs.

I’ve yet to make any money from my blog , as a stay at home mum the budget doesn’t really extend to blog themes.

At first I felt I was letting myself down in some way because I hadn’t forked out for a individual theme.

 

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I really wanted something warm but professional looking.

To be honest I really love my theme and feel it fits the shape and feel of the blog. I chose the theme “Button”. I actually saw it on another blog and I loved the way it looked there so that swayed it for me.

So far I’ve not had to many issue’s with this theme (it’s still early days).

It’s basicly a continuous page with the most recent post at the top. It’s really straightforward and easy to use and install. The theme is very much a wordpress theme and that familiarity was perfect for me.

You are still able to install the same plug ins with the free theme that you can when you buy a new theme.

The bits I really love about the “buttons” theme:

  • I have always had the rolling post as a front page and that is the style for this theme
  • I choose to keep a white background, I think this looks so professional, crisp and fresh. You are free to pick any colour background or text
  • I really like that the header is a banner. I prefer when the logo or header covers a whole area instead of a small part
  • Regardless of the theme being free I can still customise it however I chose, there aren’t really any limitations

It’s really important to have a play around with some of the themes available to see what fits best for you.

For what I need from my blog now this theme is perfect, this may change in the future but for now it doe’s everything I need from it.

You can find the themes in Dashboard – appearance – themes

Let me know what theme did you choose? Did you go with the freebie or did you invest some money into a brand spanking new theme?

 

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4 Comments

  1. October 18, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I’ve just gone self hosted so I enjoyed having a read of this. I’ve learnt so much in the last couple of weeks and I’m enjoying making something of my own.

    • admin
      October 19, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Good for you, its great to have creative control over your blog isnt it. Feel free to share any tips you have its all a learning curve 🙂

  2. October 19, 2016 / 4:11 am

    This is great! I’m in the process of going self-hosted (searching for themes now) and it is scary. Thanks for sharing!

    • admin
      October 19, 2016 / 8:29 am

      It really doesn’t need to be scary.I find just dont be afraid to ask for help, either from your hoster or blogger communities on social media 🙂 There are so many themes out there as well so that can be overwhelming. I would recommend looking at other peoples blogs to get a idea of what you are after. Good luck with the move.

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