“Twenty Fourteen”  was cited as an example of a successful website during Domain 101 introductory activities. Since Twenty Fourteen is also the current WP default theme, let’s install that theme and test its usability.

To begin to install or change a theme, go to your dashboard and hover over “Appearance” and the slide over to “Themes,” as shown below:

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Once in “Themes,” click on “Add New,” or if you know the title, use the search window:

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The “Add New” page gives you a choice among “Featured, Popular, and Latest” themes. If working through this process with students, you may want to talk about ways trends shape shape content and use. May also want to talk about the every changing nature of web writing and best practices for staying adaptive.

NOTE: all themes allow users to preview them before installation:

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To instal, click on “Install”

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When you view your new pages in the new theme, don’t panic. You’ll have to customize the new theme.

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For example, for the new theme to recognize the menus you’ve already configured, you’ll need to drag your cursor to “Appearance,” and then over to “Menus.” Scroll down and check the box next to “Top primary menu” and save changes.

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OR, you can configure the top menu from “Customize.” Drag cursor to “Appearance” and the over to “Customize.” Under “Navigation” you’ll find two drop down menus that will allow you to assign a “Top primary menu” and a “Secondary menu in the sidebar.”

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Once you’ve adjusted the menu’s to your specifications, you can add and organize pages; begin building your media library; and publishing blog posts.

Remember that no matter what theme you choose, administering menus, pages, posts, etc. will always remain the same in the WP dashboard. See the tutorial video for reassigning a post page to a static page, and check back for more in-depth WP and RH theme, app, and design tutorials.