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Created On: September 11, 2008


To use a custom theme you need a WordPress blog hosted on a private server, not a blog on the domain. Hosting your own blog is not expensive and doesn’t require any skills – most hosts have an admin interface and installing WordPress only need a few clicks.

Themes are designed to be backwards compatible, but for the best performance make sure that you always use the latest version of WordPress.

WP Admin

All settings you do for WordPress are done from the WP Admin page. You navigate to it by adding “/wp-admin” to your blog’s URL, like this:

Installing themes

Normal way:

Unpack the .zip file (I recommend WinRar) and place the folder somewhere on your computer. Use a FTP program (I recommend FileZilla) to connect to your host, navigate to the WordPress folder and place the new folder in the themes directory. The theme directory is located in


So if you want to install a theme called “Comet” it should look like this:

[wordpress]/wp-content/themes/comet/[the files]

When you have done that open the WP Admin and go to Appearance. Select the theme you want to use and click Activate.

New way:

In the WP Admin menu, select Appearance > Add New Theme. Search the theme to be installed.

Click Install > Install Now. Then click on Active to use the theme.

Theme options

All of my themes have a custom options page. It can be found in Appearance > Options.

Full-width layout

All of my themes have a page template for full width. On these pages the sidebar will be hidden and the main column will cover the entire space.

To enable this, edit/create a page, and under Attributes change Template to “Wide”, then press update.

Browser compability

Themes will look perfect:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer 8

Themes might look a bit different:

  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Internet Explorer 5.5

Something is wrong

If you find something wrong with a theme don’t hesitate to contact me about it.

The most common problem that breaks a theme is that you paste text directly from a program like Word into your blog. There is a lot of extra code that follows the text in the background, and it can cause posts to look different, cut off an entire page, or remove sidebars.

Always use the “Paste from Word” function in the WordPress editor (click the “Kitchen Sink” button and it should be in the middle of the second bar), or paste the escort bayan istanbul text from Word to Notepad before you paste it to the blog.

Recommended Plugins

Plugins for WordPress that I recommend:

FD Feedburner Plugin

Redirects all feeds to a Feedburner address.

Google Analyticator

Adds Google Analyticator code to a theme, removing the need to adding it every time a theme is updated. Also includes widgets.

WP Super Cache

Very useful if your blog is having heavy traffic.

Google XML Sitemaps

Creates a sitemap that will help search engines, and improves SEO.

All in One SEO Pack

Optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO.

Twitter Widget Pro

Display your latest tweets in the sidebar.

Get Recent Comments

Display the most recent comments in the sidebar.