NOTE: This is PART 2 in my comprehensive series on How to Start a Blog. Go back to PART 1 if you need help in setting up your blog domain, host and WordPress! Check out all my blogging 101 tutorials HERE!

So, you’ve set up a WordPress blog. Yay you!

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If you recall from my mega post on how to start a blog, once you install WordPress on your blog, it looks a little something like this:

This is the Twenty Seventeen theme that comes packaged with your WordPress installation.

Not exactly inspiring, right?

Ok, so you could do a whole ton of coding and change this theme into something more fit for purpose for you. But, it’ll be a WHOLE lot easier to just download a new theme that has the look and functionality that you want.

PSST: Stuck on what kind of theme you want for your blog? Head to my post on How to choose a WordPress theme for your blog to get some inspiration for what to look for and where to find both free and premium themes.

For today’s purposes, I’m going to be installing a free theme called ‘Flash‘ on my WordPress site. This WordPress site is brand new – I’ve set it up especially to create tutorials to help you lovely guys!

Flash looks like anexciting free theme. It’s mobile responsive (super important) and looks really flexible. Plus, once it’s all set up and customised it looks pretty cool:

Nice, huh?

Once you find the theme you want you will download it to your computer as a zip file. You can install it to your WordPress site in just 5 clicks… 

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HOW TO INSTALL A WORDPRESS THEME ON YOUR BLOG IN 5 CLICKS

SUPER IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR WORDPRESS SITE BEFORE INSTALLING A NEW THEME. THAT WAY YOU CAN EASILY RESTORE THE PREVIOUS VERSION SHOULD THE UPDATE CAUSE ANY ISSUES. I USE A PLUGIN CALLED UPDRAFT PLUS FOR THIS PURPOSE.

1. Head to your WordPress Dashboard and under the ‘Appearance’ menu on the left click ‘Themes’.

2. Then click ‘Add New’ at the top of the page.

3. Click ‘Upload Theme’ at the top of the page.
4. Click ‘Choose file’ to browse your computer for the zipped theme file you wish to install. 
5. Finally, click ‘Activate’ in order to activate the theme on your WordPress account. 
This is what it now looks like…

Sooo, yeah. Not looking anything like the Flash theme demo.

But, the fun has yet to begin – now we get to start customising. Yippee!

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You’re one step further towards a fully functional blog. Here are the next steps for you to follow (best to do it in order and check them off one by one to avoid overwhelm!)

  1. Set up your WordPress blog
  2. How to choose a WordPress theme 
  3. Install your WordPress theme in 5 clicks (YOU ARE HERE)
  4. Customise WordPress settings for your blog 
  5. Add functionality and design with plugins and widgets 
  6. Consider your legal obligations
  7. Tighten up blog security 
  8. Figure out what pages your blog needs 
  9. Write your first blog post 
  10. Make sure your blog is being found in search engines

Happy blogging!

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