WordPress Theme: Summer 2009
This Free WordPress theme is bright, colorful and cheerful. It is search engine optimized (SEO) out of the box and features a traditional two-column format. Using the WordPress world-class blog platform and content management system (CMS), you have extraordinary flexibility over the content of your site.
You can easily add WordPress plug-ins and widgets such as calendars, contact forms and tag clouds. Visit the WordPress Plugin Directory to see a growing and dynamic list of widgets and plug-ins. Third-party widgets and plug-ins also exist all over the net.
The beauty of WordPress is that is dynamically delivers content using a relational database management system (RDBMS) called MySQL, which is a free open source software that is now owned and supported by Sun Microsystems. As long as you have disc space and bandwidth, there is virtually no limit to the amount of content and the ease with which you can manage that content online using WordPress and MySQL.
How to use WordPress themes
- First, you have to register a domain name
- Purchase hosting
- Install MySQL
- Install WordPress
- Download the free WordPress theme
- Unzip the file
- Copy it to the wp-content/themes/ directory
- Select the theme from within your WordPress Dashboard
The easiest way that I have found to do this is through GoDaddy. With GoDaddy, you can do everything and they help automate the process with one-click installs. If you haven’t already registered a domain name, it costs about $10/year through GoDaddy. Hosting is probably no more than about $100-$150/year (be sure to get Linux hosting). Once you are hosted, you can automatically install the latest version of WordPress. You can get to this point from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
If you run into any trouble or this whole process seems overwhelming or too technical for you, give me a call and I’ll either walk you through it or do it for you. Our WordPress theme is free but if you need installation assistance then we will invoice you for no more than one hour’s work.
For you convenience, I have also included some WordPress tips and a user guide:
- Getting started with WordPress
- WordPress Quick Start guide
- WordPress User’s guide
- WordPress content management system (CMS)