Well, this quick little article goes into further depth regarding WordPress Themes. In my previous article, I wrote about “How To Build A Web-Site for a Small Business,” and in that article, I introduce the concept of WordPress Themes. So, if you’re a newbie, and you don’t know a thing about WordPress or Themes, this one’s for you! Here, I will give you some specific examples of WordPress Themes that you can use for your business – whether it’s a small business, a medium business, a larger business, or an online business. Enjoy!
Beware of The Nerds
Ok, know I know that there are many “web” people who like to make things much harder than what they really are – simply because they’re trying to sell you their services – or, maybe because you have a huge “S” written on your forehead. 🙂 But, I digress… That’s all well and fine for those who truly would rather hire someone, but for those who want to learn “how” to do this themselves while saving some hard earned money, it’s really not hard to understand. And, no, you don’t need technical skills to build yourself a functioning web-site either.
First, I strongly urge you to read my previous article linked above. That article actually shows you how easy it is to install a WordPress Theme after joining Wealthy Affiliate and building your first site. But, basically, a WordPress Theme is like a picture or the template of what you’re site will look like. It’s the actual design of the web-site, and all you do to build it is to fill out the content areas using WordPress.
So, What’s WordPress?
WordPress is, basically, an open source software program written, and improved upon by many, which allows users to easily and quickly build web-sites. This program is “usually” available through your Hosting provider. So, assuming you have purchased a domain name for your web-site, and you have chosen a Hosting provider, we’ll move on… Otherwise, please read the previous article or another one I wrote specifically for Beginners.
While I was writing my previous article, I took screenshot pics of many WordPress Themes, for the purpose of this article and while I was searching for a new theme for my newer site: SmallBizBlogTalk.com. I originally chose the “Omega” theme, but I have since changed it to “Pinboard.” The Pinboard WordPress theme has a Pinterest style layout, and, seeing that I hope to share pictures of many business owners, and/or focusing on their small businesses in a “Business Spotlight” series, I thought that something showcasing lots of pictures would be more suitable than the classic standby “Omega” theme. Here’s a picture of the WordPress Pinboard Theme:
A Word About Child Themes
For this site, BuildPassiveIncomeandWealth.com, I did use the Omega Theme, but I have since installed a “Child Theme” which allowed me to change it’s colors and keep the customized theme or any code I’ve inserted safe from its developer’s updates. You see, a child theme is actually a replica of the original theme. It will “inherit” any updates that the developer provides, but using a child theme keeps your customized code, colors, or what ever you did to it, safe from a developer’s updates. If you never customized your theme in the first place, then, there’s no problem. But, if you ever do change anything, and the developer comes along and issues an update, and you click that update button through the WordPress dashboard, the update will wipe out any custom code or changes you may have done to your site. So, using a Child Theme is a nice little way to protect your work.
Anyway, here’s the colorful “Child” Customizable Theme compared to the bland “Omega” WordPress Theme:
They are both based on the Omega WordPress Theme. But, instead of the colored pencils in the “header” picture, I changed my header pic to the one you see at the top of this page, or in this picture below:
Specific WordPress Theme Examples:
As mentioned, I took a series of screenshots that people can use for their businesses. These examples will give you a better idea of the many WordPress Themes that are available. These are free, and there are many more WordPress Themes being developed and made available on a daily basis. There are also other WordPress Themes that are only available through the developer for a cost, and yes, prices can range from less than $50.00 to well into the thousands depending on what you want your site to do. For many, however, the free WordPress Themes are more than sufficient. And, don’t forget the Plug-ins!
OMG! What’s a “Plug-In?”
A Quick Sidestep to the Right! Well, plug-ins will likely be addressed in another article. For now, just know that no matter what WordPress “Theme” you choose, there are many little scripts and bits of code also being written and are also made available to make your site do this or that. So, for the sake of brevity in this article, and to “keep focused,” those enhancements to your theme are known as “Plug-ins.” (Whew… almost went down another road!)
Ok, Back to WordPress Theme Examples:
Businesses May Include:
This is just a small sample of the thousands of WordPress Themes that are available for you to build your own site. As you can see, there are many themes to choose from, and they can be customized with your personal information, your business name, your products and/or services.
Many depicted here are suitable for a variety of small businesses such as:
- Pizza Parlors
- Sandwich Shops
- Online Stores / Shops (Yes, including Amazon or Affiliate Stores)
- Bike Shops
- Automotive Shops
- Car Dealerships
- Healthcare – in general
- Hair & Nail Salons
- Real Estate Agents and/or Brokerages
- Interior Design
- Wood Working / Carpentry
- Construction – All the building trades …including, of course,
- Joe the Plumber!
In fact, no matter what your business, or what product or service you offer, you will find a WordPress theme that suits you just fine.
So, what’s this have to do with Building Passive Income & Wealth?
Well, for my regular readers who may be asking “what’s this have to do with Building Passive Income and Wealth?” Well, yes, this knowledge still applies to my whole blog theme because once a business owner finally creates his or her own website, they can then monetize it to not only pay for itself, but it can generate additional passive income too!
Not to mention that they can dominate the local market area with their web presence and gain natural traffic both online or onsite. And, obviously, the more people you have coming to your website and coming into your store or place of business, the better it will be for your bottom line.
In short – building your own WordPress Themed website is a “WIN/WIN!” The expense is a business tax write-off, the business owner gets natural traffic in the search engines, and finally enjoys a way to market directly to customers or potential customers.
If you are a small business owner, please read my previous article “How to Build a Website For A Small Business.” You may find an offer you can’t refuse…
To Your Wealth!