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» The PreInstalled WordPress Themes

In the previous guide, I showed you how to install WordPress in just 1-click. If you want to see what kind of themes came pre-installed on your website, you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard. 

When you’re logged in, go to Appearance > Themes. As you can see on the screenshot below, 3 free themes came pre-installed: Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, and Twenty Fifteen.


The default active theme is the Twenty Seventeen theme. To date, this is the most versatile theme released by WordPress. Just take a look at the preview images on the screenshot.

The Twenty Fifteen and Twenty Sixteen themes look outdated and plain. But the Twenty Seventeen features an attractive header area. It can display a full-sized header image or video that will immediately capture the attention of your website visitors.

The Twenty Seventeen theme looks so good that no one’s probably going to think you’re using a free theme!

What’s even cooler is you can use a YouTube video as your header video. If, for instance, your visitor’s Internet connection is a bit slow and YouTube’s taking some time to load, the theme will automatically replace your video with a static header image. So, make sure you upload a couple of attractive images in the Header Media section of your WordPress theme customizer. 

To access the customizer, you simply need to click on the blue Customize button as you can see in the screenshot above. Alternatively, you can also go to Appearance > Customize.

You can customize each theme differently, depending on the theme’s features. For the Twenty Seventeen theme, these are the available options you can customize:

  • In the Site Identity section, you can upload your website’s logo and favicon, as well as update the Site Title and Tagline here.
  • In the Colors section, you can set the color scheme you want to use. You can choose from Light, Dark, or Custom. You can also customize the Header Text color here.
  • In the Header Media section, this is where you upload header images, or your header video. You can either upload a video or link to a YouTube video as I mentioned earlier.
  • In the Menus section, you can specify where you want your menus to appear. The Twenty Seventeen theme can display menus in 2 different locations.
  • In the Widgets section, you can choose to add widgets in the Sidebar, or in the Footer section.
  • In the Homepage Settings section, you can choose what’s displayed on the homepage of your website. You can use a static homepage or display your latest blog posts.
  • In the Theme Options section, you can choose from one or two-layout column. You can also select the content you want to display in the front page.
  • In the Additional CSS section, you can add your own CSS code to customize the appearance of your WordPress website.

Now, check out what happens to the customizer when I activate the Twenty Sixteen Theme.

Instead of Header Media, there is now only settings for a Header Image. This means you can no longer use video as header in the Twenty Sixteen theme. You can, however, use a background image if you want to.

As you can see in this example, WordPress themes allow you to change your website’s look in just a few clicks. Settings for each theme will vary greatly, with premium themes offering the most flexibility.

In the next section, we’ll take a look at how to add new WordPress themes to your site.

Next Article: How To Add New WordPress Themes To Your Site


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