*sigh* Another newb...(me)

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I've spent the last six months soaking in podcast information and filtering through test ideas. I'm ready to start rolling with some specific ideas. So here I am, sifting through Wordpress themes, and I realize I have NO idea how to choose one, other than basing it on the shiny preview pictures. Should I just bite the bullet, grab one, and start tinkering? Or is there a more measured approach that you can recommend? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, and thanks for having me in your community, I look forward to engaging with whomever is willing.
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Find a theme which relates to your idea. Once that theme is found, do you like the look of it, if yes, great buy it and upload it. If no, pick from the other million themes out there. Great thing about wordpress is, if you get it wrong the first time, it takes 2 mins to upload a new theme, about 2 hours tinkering with it to get it just right and your sorted . Bite the bullet, take action, mess around with the design once you know it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author clubapple
      what style of style are you looking to do?

      is it a blog site? a merchant ecommerce site to sale things? an amazon affiliate site?

      from there we can help you find a theme.
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    • Originally Posted by butters View Post

      . Bite the bullet, take action, mess around with the design once you know it works.

      You don't need to get everything right and perfect, just get going and tweak along the way. It's going to be okay. Just take action.
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      • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
        Great advice here:

        Stop tinkering, stop over analyzing.

        Just go and do it.

        Good enough and done always trumps almost perfect and not done.

        There are plenty of free Word Press Themes. you can always change your theme later if you wish.

        The most important thing about your Word Press blog is the content!

        The content is way way more important than anything else.

        Good luck, get you site up! Then tweak it later....
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinPlatt
    Originally Posted by Shonny Constant View Post

    I've spent the last six months soaking in podcast information and filtering through test ideas. I'm ready to start rolling with some specific ideas. So here I am, sifting through Wordpress themes, and I realize I have NO idea how to choose one, other than basing it on the shiny preview pictures. Should I just bite the bullet, grab one, and start tinkering? Or is there a more measured approach that you can recommend? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, and thanks for having me in your community, I look forward to engaging with whomever is willing.
    Pretty much, yes. Somme of the more advanced themes do have extra options, such as being able to insert your google analytics or adsense code. Some of them have build in widgets for social media or popular posts.

    You can achieve all that with plugins, it will take a little more time, but can easily be done. It's how I started.

    I'd say getting in there gives you a chance to learn, so definitely do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    To get the ball rolling I'd grab one you like and start tinkering. It's better to have a live site that's a work-in-progress than to have nothing and look around unable to settle on an idea.

    I'm a function over style guy. So I like things easy to navigate and find my way around. I think 4 years using my University's site made me much more like that too :p You can't get anywhere easily on college websites... but I digress...

    Find something you like and use it. Get something online and go from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Eight
    Hi Shonny,

    My recommendation would be to use a free theme and focus on getting up some good content....

    And then worry about how it looks later.....the best looking and most expensive premium theme is worthless if no one ever sees it.

    If you bog yourself down too much with how it looks and the technical stuff, you might burn out too quickly and work yourself to death over things that don't really matter.

    When I first started out, I spent WAY too much time worrying about how my site looked and what theme to use....when I should have been focusing on my content.

    That's just my perspective.......

    Good Luck with your campaign.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greedy
    Find one that fits your niche.

    I've spent the last six months soaking in podcast information and filtering through test ideas.
    If this true, you need to move faster, just make quick discussions and get on with things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shonny Constant
      Originally Posted by Greedy View Post

      Find one that fits your niche.



      If this true, you need to move faster, just make quick discussions and get on with things.
      Understood! There was some method to my madness, but this post represented the first step to beginning in earnest. I've already begun the process of getting frames put up, and the tinkering has begun. There are clear goals set, and things will be moving at an appropriately urgent pace
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Ya listen the truth is you're going to get 'stuck' on so many little obstacles like choosing a theme. The trick to succeeding online is making fast decisions and overcoming obstacles quickly. Speed of implementation is key!

    So ya man just choose a theme that you think looks nice, tinker with it a little, and then start putting together your business. No need to spend too much time on the theme because it's better to have your website out there and functional even if it isn't the most visually pleasing...
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    • Profile picture of the author Shonny Constant
      Originally Posted by thedanbrown View Post

      Ya listen the truth is you're going to get 'stuck' on so many little obstacles like choosing a theme. The trick to succeeding online is making fast decisions and overcoming obstacles quickly. Speed of implementation is key!

      So ya man just choose a theme that you think looks nice, tinker with it a little, and then start putting together your business. No need to spend too much time on the theme because it's better to have your website out there and functional even if it isn't the most visually pleasing...
      Great point. I had come to a point where I knew what I wanted to do, but had this one last stumbling block to overcome. That's when I knew it was time to engage in the forum. It's like therapy or recovery...you won't find help until you're ready to accept it. The time had finally come. SO far, my process is working. I've moved into action. Now it's just a matter of keeping the ball rolling!
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    Simply find one that you like and start taking action. This is a huge mistake MANY people make - too much learning and not enough action

    Also when stick to one method when you start out. Jumping from one method to another is just asking for failure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shonny Constant
      Originally Posted by MKCookins View Post

      Simply find one that you like and start taking action. This is a huge mistake MANY people make - too much learning and not enough action

      Also when stick to one method when you start out. Jumping from one method to another is just asking for failure.
      I'll keep this advice in mind. I'm as prone as anyone to jumping around too much. That was part of my preliminary six month process...figuring out what I was truly excited to take on as a full time project.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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    Originally Posted by Shonny Constant View Post

    I've spent the last six months soaking in podcast information and filtering through test ideas. I'm ready to start rolling with some specific ideas. So here I am, sifting through Wordpress themes, and I realize I have NO idea how to choose one, other than basing it on the shiny preview pictures. Should I just bite the bullet, grab one, and start tinkering? Or is there a more measured approach that you can recommend? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated, and thanks for having me in your community, I look forward to engaging with whomever is willing.

    Honestly, everybody here has covered it quite nicely - what I do is search for "keyword wordpress theme" - so for example: pregnancy wordpress theme - then click in IMAGES

    Ill open up ones I like in different tabs, review them, see if I can view a full preview of how the theme looks - and of course make sure it's free!

    From there, just download and install and you're good to go!

    Don't spend too much time worry about "The right theme" - just find one you LIKE, download it and get busy - if you find another one you like LATER you can always change to it or even switch between them.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author glennshep
      If you're not yet too familiar with Wordpress then definitely just use some free themes to begin with to play around with and get a feel for how everything works. But don't spend too much time worrying about themes and stuff to begin with, you want functionality over prettiness, especially at first. Just aim to get something up and running to begin with and you can worry about the aesthetic aspects later on.

      Don't worry about being a newb. I'm still very much a newb and 6 months ago I didn't know the first thing about Wordpress. But after I got over the initial apprehension and started experimenting I soon found it all a doddle
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      • Profile picture of the author Shonny Constant
        Originally Posted by glennshep View Post

        If you're not yet too familiar with Wordpress then definitely just use some free themes to begin with to play around with and get a feel for how everything works. But don't spend too much time worrying about themes and stuff to begin with, you want functionality over prettiness, especially at first. Just aim to get something up and running to begin with and you can worry about the aesthetic aspects later on.

        Don't worry about being a newb. I'm still very much a newb and 6 months ago I didn't know the first thing about Wordpress. But after I got over the initial apprehension and started experimenting I soon found it all a doddle
        This is reassuring advice. It's always good to be reminded you're not the only one who's been stumbling in the dark, and that illumination is near at hand!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yes... bite the bullet, grab one, and start tinkering. Experience is the best teacher. Focus on getting your blog traffic and making it successful, then maybe modify the look of your blog if you want (or need) to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    I like the paid version of flexibility 3.0 you could start off with the free version and have a play around with it before deciding to purchase. There's a good set of tutorials to watch and it is pretty intuitive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shonny Constant
    Thanks to everyone who responded. I chose the aggregate wisdom and began tinkering. Because my content would require a couple different sites and unique presentations, I opted to try Elegent themes, because they'd give me some different option at a reasonable price, and have some rather gaudy presentations which may prove appropriate. In a worst case scenario, I'm out a relatively small sum of money, but have the opportunity to learn the bells and whistles of operating the Wordpress platform.

    I'm excited to have joined the Warrior forum, and grateful for the outpouring of support. I look forward to sharing my experience as it progresses, and appreciate knowing there are so many of you out there willing to share your wisdom.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Pick a free theme that suits the type of site you plan to make (blog, affiliate, membership eyc) and just focus on the best content.

    Your content will prove to be the most important thing for now. Themes can be changed.
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Hey Shonny!

    Hope you are good. A lot of excellent information here and its great your learning word press and tinkering. There are some great plug-ins you can get for word press which are free and can find useful. You can use when starting out

    >Akismet -Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam.
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    Really Simple CAPTCHA >Google Analytics -Enables Google Analytics on all pages.
    >Pretty Link Lite- Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website!
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    >XML Sitemaps -Automatically generates XML Sitemaps for your site and notifies search engines when they're updated.

    Also submit your site to DMOZ, Get your site indexed. Can be deemed important.

    But also you can always look at other websites you like, even in the same niche, the ones that are doing well (Authority sites) And grasp ideas.

    You can also leverage your time if you so wish to use platforms such as odesk/elance (Outsource the work- Not as costly as one may expect) and having the the work outsourced. Have a website developer do the website all for you and exactly what you want. So you can leverage your time and concentrate on the more important aspects of your business .i.e content

    But its always great to get used to word press and try it out and learn the various skills.

    However , best of luck in the world of IM

    Samuel
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Just pick a theme that looks and feels right for what you want to do. If it is a blog site I suggest that your content is more important than the theme. If you are not sure what theme to pick, pick one of the plainer themes and if necessary change it later. Wordpress themes are so easy to change.

    One of the hardest things with Wordpress is picking the theme and then knowing how many columns you want. Look at some of the sites in your niche and see if you can find a similar theme. It does not have to be perfect but after 6 months it is time to start.
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