Black People Website Template: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Customizing a WordPress Theme
Hi there, and welcome to another episode of the Lifestyle Real Estate Podcast. This week we’re going to teach you the absolute best way to create a fully customized WordPress theme for your black-oriented business or website. In addition to being an extremely user-friendly blogging platform, WordPress also offers a unique array of tools that allow for complete customization and integration of external content sources. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to harness the power of WordPress to create a fully dedicated website to match your brand. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Choose A Blogging Platform
The first step of your WordPress theme customization project is to choose which blogging platform you’re going to use. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform among general web users, so it’s the ideal choice if your target audience is comprised of mainly non-black individuals. If the focus of your site is more on serving the African-American community, then you may want to consider exploring other platforms such as Blogger or Typepad.
Don’t worry though, because we’ve got you covered. This week, we’re going to teach you the best way to create a fully customized WordPress theme from scratch. So let’s get started.
Step 2: Find Inspiration
The next step is to find inspiration for your blog. You can find a variety of sources, whether you want to copy exactly from another blog or platform, or you’re looking to get inspired by a specific event, celebrity, or movie. Remember, the goal of this step is to create a theme that is as unique as you are. So take your time and don’t rush into anything.
Step 3: Create A List Of Required Assets
Now that you’ve got your inspiration, it’s time to create a list of required assets. Bear in mind that this is just a preliminary list, and you can always add more materials as you go along. You’ll need the following things to create a fully functioning WordPress blog:
- A domain name for your blog (e.g., myblogging.com)
- One or two WordPress hosting accounts (Paid Version)
- Twenty-five to thirty posts
- Fully functioning email account
- A logo for your blog
- A custom-designed theme
If you’ve already got a website or blog that you’d like to convert into a WordPress-powered platform, then all you need is the domain and hosting. Once that’s set up, follow the instructions below to get started with the installation of WordPress.
Step 4: Install WordPress
Once your domain and hosting are set up and active, it’s time to install WordPress. To do this, visit the WordPress website and click on the Get Started button. Once you’re on the WordPress installation page, simply follow the steps to finish the process.
Once WordPress is installed, it’s time to activate it. To do this, return to the WordPress dashboard and from there click on the Settings button. From the drop-down menu that appears, choose General from the Settings page. Now, from the “Website URL” field, click on the Edit button to the right of the field. A window will appear with the URL of your website. Simply copy and paste this URL into a new browser window to access your WordPress dashboard.
From there, you’re going to want to add a new post. To do this, click on the Add New button located at the top of the screen. A window will appear, where you can write your first post. Feel free to add a few words about your blog and what it’s all about, and don’t worry about perfect grammar or punctuation. Simply publish your post when you’re done.
As you start to grow your audience and gain credibility, you may want to consider adding monetization strategies such as affiliate marketing or selling and displaying ads on your site. However, for the time being, focus on building a solid foundation for your blog by creating engaging content that is uniquely yours.
Step 5: Customize Your Theme
Once you’ve got your blog posts published, it’s time to customize your theme. Again, this is an important step, so take your time and make sure you do it right. You’ll want to change several things about your blog’s appearance, from the header all the way down to the footer. If you want to add a little more polish to your blog, then take a look at the “Live Preview” feature which will allow you to see how your blog looks on a mobile device, tablet, or computer.
To edit the header of your blog, click on the Settings button at the top of the dashboard. From there, you can make several changes such as the background color and image, as well as the overall look and feel of your blog. You can choose to have a background image on your blog’s header, or you can opt for a plain, white background.
If you’ve got a plain, white background on your blog’s header, then you can add a little something more by implementing a subtle pattern or design in the header area of your blog. For example, you can add a repeating pattern of circles, squares, or dots using the HEX tool, which is a free tool that lets you add patterns to your website’s header.
To edit the footer of your blog, visit the Theme Options page. From there, you can upload a footer image or text that will be displayed at the bottom of each blog post. You can use this area to add a little extra information about your blog or web presence, such as your email address, website URL, or social media profiles.
WordPress offers several different headers, footers, and sidebars that you can use to format and structure your content. For a more polished look, you can choose from several different “skin tones” to match the overall feel and tone of your blog. If you’re looking to add a little creativity, then you can always find a free or paid theme that offers a variety of skins to choose from.
Step 6: Final Touches
When you’ve customized and built your WordPress blog, it’s time for the last few touches. From the above tutorial, you’ll know how to add a little more character to your blog by editing the header and footer, as well as uploading a featured image or video to the About Page. To add a little taste of professionalism to your blog, add a logo, which will also act as your blog’s icon, and make sure to add tags to all your posts so that your blog can be easily found by search engines.
That’s it! You now have a fully functioning WordPress blog ready to publish content to. Congratulations!