Premium WordPress Themes 2016 For You

How to Turn Your Free WP Theme Into a Premium Theme Using WP Plugins!

Premium wordPress themes 2016 sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But with the cool WP plugins available, you can actually make your free theme look and feel like a premium theme without paying the premium dollars for an expensive premium theme!

Even the best premium WordPress themes can still use a little help with WP plugins.

And with a little creativity and the right plugins, you can make your free theme look and feel like this one!

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy a premium theme. StudioPress and the Genesis framework are the most used today by some of the top marketers. If you don’t have the time, design knowledge or creativity but you do have the cash to invest, by all means, head over to StudioPress and look around for a premium theme that fits what you want for your blog.

But if you’re like me – currently on a limited budget but have the time to invest in your blog, install some WP plugins and start creating your own free premium WordPress themes.

For instance, I use the free Atahualpa theme. It is the most customizable free theme available today. In fact, it’s so versatile you can enhance the standard format to make it look like a professional web design.

Here are a couple of the best WordPress plugins I’ve used to turn my blog/website into what looks like one of the “free premium” WordPress themes:

1. Content Views
This plugin is similar to the WP Related Posts plugin but so much more customizable! With WP Related Posts, you’re limited to one short code that you can display on posts and pages. Content Views allows you to create different codes depending on where you want to display them.

For example, on home pages I want a grid-view of my recent posts below the introduction. Content Views allows you customize the size of the thumbnails and what posts should be shown depending on the page.

I mainly use this plugin to customize the home pages of my blogs, while using the WP Related Posts plugin below each post to add more depth to the blog.

2. Special Recent Posts FREE Edition or SP2
This plugin creates a sidebar widget that enhances the look of your Recent Posts widget. You can add thumbnails to the listing of posts and include just the title of the post or add an excerpt of the content.

It really makes a difference in the look and feel of your blog, especially since images are so important today.

Both of these plugins are ready-to-use even if you have little to no knowledge of html or css. And that makes it handy for people who are setting up their blogs with free themes like Twenty-Twelve, Twenty-Thirteen and above.

Tips for Installing WP Plugins:

Always check to see that a lot of people have already downloaded that particular plugin and it’s received a lot of positive feedback.

Check to make sure the plugin is being updated regularly and that it’s compatible with your current version of WordPress.
You don’t ever want to install an old plugin or one that’s got any kind of glitches in it that will mess up your whole blog once they’re installed.

Once you have any plugins installed, make sure to keep them updated any time a new version is released.

Karen Musselman works from home and provides “Online Marketing Help Without the Hype,” from her home office, including more information about her favorite WordPress Plugins. “Working at Home with KSMusselman also provides training videos for members of the marketing company she’s a member of. Stop by Karen’s blog today for more online marketing help.

Styling Options For Quality Premium WordPress Themes

You’ve built a great website on the WordPress blogging platform. You’ve spent a lot of time creating and building up the content. The problem is, using a free WordPress theme, your website looks like a lot others out there who are using the same theme.

You need to stand out. (Like an NBA player in a Go-Kart race.)

However, by using a premium WordPress theme it’s often really simple to make custom changes to the style, or look, of your website. Change the header image, the font and link colors, and the background with just a few clicks. Those are among the features to look for in a premium theme.

The photo that stretches across the top of the page is usually referred to as the header image. Look for a premium theme that comes with a library of header images. These could range from business and computers, energy and finance, to games, health and pets, and other niche categories.

However, if you are handy with photo and graphic editing software such as PhotoShop, Paint Shop Pro, or the free graphic software Gimp, you can create and upload your own custom header and really make the site your own. Look for a premium WordPress theme that comes with a built in tool to upload and install your own header image without editing any code.

Also look for a premium theme that comes with a library of background images to choose from. You should be able to install them with the click of a button. Again, if you have a custom background image you’d like to use, see if the premium theme has an upload tool that makes it simple.

Pulling your custom design together with matching font and link colors needs to be easy in a premium WordPress theme that you are laying out some cash for. Check and see if the theme comes with a handful of built in color schemes that you can choose with the click of the mouse. However, you should also have the ability to add your own set of font and link colors simply by changing the color codes. A color picking tool would be a great feature.

This would also make it really easy to modify the colors in your AdSense code so the ads blend nicely with your site if you choose to run the ads.

Using a good premium WordPress theme with lots of layout and styling options is a great way to separate your website from the pack.

A native of California, Bill attended school at N.M.M.I. and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Comm. He currently resides in Texas where he writes on a variety of topics. He is also a professional voice actor.

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