Changing the look of your WordPress site

With WordPress you can change the look of your site very quickly by choosing a new theme.

  Themes

To change your site's theme:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site.
  2. Click the Appearance menu item on the left (or choose "Customize" from the top toolbar when viewing the site).
  3. Click the theme you want to use. This will immediately display a preview of your site.
  4. Click the Activate link in the upper-right of the preview screen to make the change for your entire site. To cancel, click the [x] button in the upper-left of the preview screen.

Note: Changing your site theme from one theme to another may result in broken links or missing menu items so it is important to check links and menu items to ensure continued functionality. Different themes put the menu and sidebar(s) in different locations resulting in some visual rearranging that may need addressed.   Themes also use the header and background images in different ways that may affect the cropping and look of your images.

Theme Examples can be found at http://sites.lafayette.edu/wpthemes/ as well as a list of all available plugins and widgets.

Additional Edits

Additional settings can be changed in the Appearance menu under "Customize" to personalize everything from the background image to the title of the site and more depending on the particular theme you are using.   Be sure to click the [Save and Publish] button when finished to save your edits to the site's appearance. Some themes also house additional theme specific settings here such as specialized post layouts or slideshows.