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Once you’re comfortable adding, editing and deleting content, you might be ready to move onto the next level. Free theme (look and feel) are usually good starting points, but in many cases, it might now be enough to make you and your visitors completely happy. Many companies out there offer more robust themes that look a little nicer and are fairly easy to customize without the need for coding. Paying a bit for a theme can usually get you something slicker that will help you stand out from some of the other basic blogs.
For our blog, we use the Genesis Framework with the Foodie Pro Theme by StudioPress. Sound a little alien? I’ll explain. Think of your WorPress site as the engine of your car. Genesis would be the frame, doors and body of your car. Foodie Pro is more like the cool paint colour you paid extra for, the black rims and the tinted windows. We love StudioPress products! Once you buy the Genesis Framework (structure) and install it, you can then add any theme they sell to make your blog look awesome! You can usually get a package deal that includes both the Framework and the theme. Once you’ve bought your first theme, you can get other theme at a discounted rate. Their customer service is also pretty amazing. They usually respond on the same day and they’re very knowledgeable.
The Genesis Framework also comes with a ton of behind the scenes perks. It comes with tools to help you post in a more customized manner and it comes with SEO tools built in. SEO is the info you add behind the scenes to help people find your website.
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Making Your Blog Better and Better Looking