Welcome to Part 2 of my four part How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress.org series. If you missed last week’s first post, definitely check it out before attempting anything in this post.
Last week, we left off with downloading and installing WordPress. Throughout the entire process, I saved copies of everything I downloaded just in case something went wrong. I created a folder on my external hard drive called “WordPress.”
Step #5: Choose a Framework .
If you are anything like me, you are wondering what in the heck a framework is. I completed the process of switching over by continuously looking at different articles online dealing with the switch. And, honestly, when I chose a framework, I still had no idea what it was. I just knew I had to have one.
So, what is a framework?
To better explain, I looked it up on WordPress. I wasn’t going to attempt to explain.
The term “Theme Framework” currently has two meanings:
- A “drop-in” code library that is used to facilitate development of a Theme
- A stand-alone base/starter Theme that is intended either to be forked into another Theme, or else to be used as a Parent Theme template
Don’t feel bad if it still doesn’t make sense because it still fuzzy in my brain too.
When I got to this step, I started looking at some of my favorite blogs to see if they used WordPress.org and if so, what framework they use. You can usually find that information at the very bottom of their blog.
My example doesn’t have the framework typed out, but a lot of them do.
I went with the Genesis framework offered by StudioPress. A framework does cost money, so you want to make sure you get the one you want. Now, don’t make a purchase until Step #6. Sometimes, you can purchase them together. I didn’t know that until after the fact.
So, why did I choose this one?
From what I learned about frameworks before making the purchase, a framework is how your Website is set up. Can you make it one column, two columns, add a background. etc? I knew I wanted:
- at least two columns (post column and sidebar)
- a custom background
- a custom header (I wanted to include my logo)
- a menu bar
The Genesis framework offered all of these things, plus a few extras.
Step #6: Choose a theme.
Once you choose a framework, it is time to pick out a theme.
What is a theme?
Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to “skin” your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a “skin.” Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website. (source)
In a nutshell, it is the clothing for your blog. You are dressing up your blog.
You could spend weeks looking at all of the themes that you could choose from. I stuck with StudioPress for my theme as well. After shuffling through them all, I decided to go with the Modern Blogger Pro Theme because I thought it was super cute, I loved the layout, and the colors. And, I think I may’ve spent a little more than I should’ve because I bought my theme separate from my framework. I didn’t know any better until it was too late.
Side Note: Before purchasing anything, make sure that your framework and theme are compatible. If they aren’t, they will not work together!