There are two choices of themes when you’re starting out with a new site.  One is free and the other is premium.  Some of the free themes look pretty good.  So why aren’t I using them?  Because it’s worth a few bucks to me to be able to get some tech support when my incompetency rears its ugly head.  For that reason, I’m going premium.

I’m choosing to go with Elegant Themes.  When I first saw the name, I figured that it was just a category of themes that somehow had a higher design standard.  Whether or not that’s true, I don’t know.  What I do know is that I get 72 choices for about $40, and I can contact the creator if I have an issue.  Sounds good to me.  Best bit is that he and I share a first name, so his stuff must be good, right?

So I did run into a problem.  Elegant Themes is an annual subscription that is paid through PayPal.  If you don’t keep your PayPal account funded, like yours truly, then it’s three to five days until you can post the funds in order to buy the subscription.  So it looks like the better part of a week before I’m going to have my real theme up and running.  Until then, I’ll just use a slightly modified stock WordPress theme.

Update: So I was wrong.  I was able to pay with my credit card, though I think the processing went through PayPal.  Not quite sure what happened behind the scenes, but I’ve got access to the member’s area of Elegant Themes now.  I looked around the site for a design that I liked (not hard to find one as I like most of them), and download the zip file to my computer.

To install a new theme I click on the Themes option on the control panel on the right side of the page, then select the Install themes option at the top of the page.  Once on the Install Themes tab, there is an option at the top of the screen to upload a theme.  A standard Browse box appears, and once I’ve navigated to and selected the zip file I just downloaded I get a status screen telling me that it’s uploaded.  There is an Activate link that I click which brings me back to the Manage Themes tab.  A quick visit to my site reveals…that my site has absolutely no formatting at all.  WTF?


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