I’ll be the first to admit I’m usually either dumbfounded or terror-stricken when it comes to technology. In fact it makes me anxious in ways I never thought possible. All this coding, programming, platform malarkey… What if I push the wrong button? Click the wrong thing? Will my virtual world melt before my very eyes into a vortex of doomed data? In my little ‘bubble of tranquillity’ it’s just one big giant doorway to the Mama of all migraines, I loathe it. But here’s the thing blog buddies… I only loathe it because I don’t understand, and 99.9% of the time I don’t want to understand it either. After all I’m just a mere beauty blogger, all I want is a cute little corner of the inter-web to sharing my musings on eye shadow or lusting for the latest lippy. CSS, ABC, 123, Zzz or whatever the fudge it’s called has no place in my life. I just want something that does the job and satisfies my digital requirements. Are you with me? *pretending to observe mass nodding*
Yet since launching Confetti & Curves (that cute little corner of the inter-web I previously mentioned) quite a few bloggers each month have bestowed me with an small array of questions over customising themes… What’s my theme? Why did I choose it? How did I design it? How did I manage to customise a header bar without turning every follicle on my head 50 shades of grey? Well, here’s the answers…
What’s My Theme & Why Did I Choose It?
Well, it’s The Adelle Theme from Blu Chic. In fact if you scroll down on each blog it usually states what theme the blogger is using and/or who has designed it. Apart from the fact I think it’s rather pleasing on the eyeballs, it’s also incredibly simple which is IDEAL for beginners or terrified techies such as moi.
There’s no moving parts (or confusing flashy doo-dahs), the layout is very straight forward, easy for the reader to locate where potential interesting reading material is neatly tucked away & it does the job it’s intended to do = house my blog posts efficiently and effectively. There’s no coding required, no degrees in computer science, just a little bit of creative flair and maybe a few bottles of wine cups of tea to see you through to the end result.
How did I design it?
Hold your horses, I’ll get to that in just a moment…
How did I manage to customise a header bar without turning every follicle on my head 50 shades of grey?
Refer to above answer… gee, you’re an impatient bunch!
Okay, okay, so I’ll cut to the chase – nope I’m not a secret web developer with a deep rooted passion for Clinique Chubby Sticks & Rimmel Sun Shimmer. Instead I stumbled across the rather talented Katrina from 77 WebStudio who (thanks to her rather chirpy YouTube tutorial) was able to guide me step-by-step through the whole process via her video guide. It’s ideal for clumsy computer oafs (aka me) as she shows you in front of your very eyes how to create and customise the theme to suit your own personal tastes. You can change the colours, fonts, header, add widgets, add pages, add categories – the list goes on!
So if you’re at the beginning of your blogging journey and need a little bit of guidance on how to create & customise your simple but oh-so-pretty theme then I’d suggest you start off with The Adelle Theme and watch this handy dandy tutorial… I’ve no doubts you’ll be a digital design whizz in no time.
What’s your favourite WordPress Theme? Do you have any Theme suggestions for a first time blogger or one that has limited design experience? Or are you a whizz at designing/building/customising themes for the rest of us terrified techies? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do take a moment to say a quick hello!