Blogs@Baruch Help Pages

Choosing a Theme

One of the first things that you may want to do with your new site, is to change its appearance to suit your needs.  You can do this by selecting a theme. Themes control the look and feel of your site and offer different levels of customization.

When you begin your site, you will be set up with a default theme.

To change this theme click “Customize” on the top black menu bar.

Image of default site template and toolbar with a yellow arrow pointing at "Customize"

A side menu will open offering you a number of different options for customization. Each theme (including the default) will offer different options for customization of colors, backgrounds, headers.  You can change your site title and add or delete a secondary tag line.

The first thing you will see on the customization menu is your active theme “Blogs at Baruch 2016” is currently the default.  To change this, click on the “Change” button.

Image of Customization menu on the left-hand side of the pagewith a yellow arrow pointing to the change button under theme

You will now see many different theme options.

Zoomed out image of different theme options

Each theme has different strengths and options for customization.  If you click anywhere on the theme image a pop-up to read more about the theme details will let you learn more about what that theme offers.

There are thousands of themes that have been created for WordPress.  Blogs@Baruch gives you a subset that are good options for an accessible site that works on desktops, tablets, and phones. You can search for a theme at the top of the page by name or by metadata that the theme developers have included (i.e. “Photography,” “Two-Column,” “Three-Column,” “Writing”) or you can simply scroll through the options.

Close up of "Bushwick" theme with a yellow arrow pointing to the "Live Preview" button on the lower left hand corner

You can preview a theme on your site by clicking on “Live Preview” under the image of the theme.

You can preview as many themes as you like by hitting the “Change” button again. While previewing you can also change the different customization options available on the left hand menu.  Not every theme allows the same options.

Once you find a theme that you want to save and use, choose the top option on your left hand Customization bar for “Activate & Publish.”

Close up of the Activate and Publish button at the top of the Customization menu
Close up of black left-hand Dashboard menu with Appearance highlighted and drop down menu open to its right with a yellow arrow pointing to 'theme'

You can also activate the theme options from your Dashboard left-hand menu under “Appearance.” If at any point you want to change the theme of your site, you can do so.  All posts and pages will still exist, but you may need to make adjustments to fit the new theme.