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    Default How to choose a free wordpress theme

    Hello all...
    In reading throughout this forum, I'm still searching/hoping for info help with looking t* look like once you've selected it and begin customizing.
    For instance, I notice that some sites show up as full page while other sites show a centered type page with a background. (for example this forum page is centered, Lynn's ClickNewz site is full page.

    Also, I read that some themes offer the ability to change header. For instance looking up at Lynn's header here, she's inserted a photo, w/ some transparency
    and has different type fonts for her wording. How do I learn that...find that process...where?

    I've read so many *help* sites and I feel as I'm spinning my wheels for this is my first obstacle and I'm trying to *kick it out of my way*....to move forward.
    Anyone w/ suggestions, help or ideas would be my blessing of the day!

    Thank so much,
    Gayle Fox

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    Gayle,
    Lynn had her site and blog professionally designed by someone. I would probably recommend a graphic designer to at least do a header for you and they will give you code to put it in your header file in Wordpress. Or sometimes they will do all of that for you.

    For now, you could just find a free Wordpress theme that would work so you can get your blog started and get content up.
    ~Angie~

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    Well, <looking shameful> I have now answered my own question on the page width issues. It was right in front of my eyes.
    Still.... desperate (almost) to understand that when I find a theme that I like, mouse over and open it... they show us a small site...what the site *could look like* and then when *previewing*...it just comes up bare. There must be a trick to this.....Please help!
    Gayle

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    Gayle,
    Where are you looking at themes?

    I just went to http://wordpress.org/extend/themes and clicked on the Atahualpa theme (see under most popular, 2nd one) and when I click on the image of the theme to preview it opens up full size for me. Not sure what is happening on your end though.
    ~Angie~

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    Default Wordpress themes..reading between the lines

    Angie, I'm at the same spot and your right, it does open up full page. The first example shows an example of a site with content...when you preview it opens to the usual blank...most of the time with a row boat in water.
    I'm not exactly a newbie but this just has me stuck as to be able to visualize with actually downloading each and every one I like to try it out.
    I'm trying to learn what to look for in the descriptions....they offers lots of stuff, but how do I tell if the one I *think* I like will look like I want it to.
    Do you see where the page before preview is different?
    Hate to be a pain.... sure thank you for taking the time to offer help.
    Pressing on....

    Gayle

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    Gayle,
    Now I see what is happening because if I click on the images of each theme on the main page, I also keep getting the row boat theme. Very weird. And now all the themes on the right that I click on have the row boat. You're not losing your mind LOL

    I'm not sure what to say at this point other than to tell us what type of theme you might be looking for and we'll try to locate something to go with your niche. I do like the Atahualpa theme though and you could start with that one for now. In the theme itself you can choose 2 column, colors, etc.

    And you're not being a pain *wink*
    ~Angie~

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    Angie,
    Your a sweetie for validating my sanity, that's a slippery slope at times! LOL
    I'll give the Atahualpa a try to see how to navigate the ADMIN. If I don't love it, can I just delete the whole thing and start over?
    That is the best way, just jump in and do it! (only if the results can be undone if not liked)

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    If you don't like the theme, you'll need to add and change to another theme before you delete the current one so you don't lose all the blog stuff you have worked on. Every time you add a new theme all the info stays (sometimes plug in's from one theme don't play nice with others so you might have to work around that at times but it shouldn't be a big deal).
    ~Angie~

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    Gayle, I agree with Angie both that Atahualpa would be a good starting point and that the boat image shows up far too much and and normally wouldn't, but think this is a wordpress.org problem.

    In any case after installing any theme you can preview it before activating it. Most times even if you delete a theme it just reverts to the default with no content loss. By default I mean the theme that is displayed when a new install is done. It used to be the Kubrick theme, but if memory serves it has changed in WP3.0. This applies only if you are deleting Themes, you would lose content if you are deleting everything via FTP(File Transfer Protocol().

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    Ahhh you're right Robert, thanks for the input. It would go to default theme. Glad we are not the only ones getting the boat image LOL
    ~Angie~

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