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The look of your Wordpress site, alle and a lot of how your readers can interact with it is controlled by the use of themes. Alle A theme is basically a directory of files that control the design and presentation of your articles and the layout of your site. A default Wordpress installation comes with a few themes, alle which makes it ready to use right out of the box. Alle Because of this, alle you can start adding content within minutes of having Wordpress installed. Alle Unfortunately, alle these themes are being used on tens of thousands of other peoples sites as well. Alle Wordpress offers a wonderful directory of free themes where you can find something to replace the look of the default theme. Alle It is important that if you are looking for a free theme, alle only use one from the official directory at Wordpress.org. Alle Any theme uploaded there with malicious code or viruses is usually caught and removed from the directory, alle which is not something that can be said of themes downloaded from random other websites. Alle Still, alle it can take several hours of browsing through the listings before finding something that fits the vision of how you'd like your website to look. Alle Using premium Wordpress themes is one of the best ways to make your website look more professional and add extra functionality while keeping costs and development time down. Alle Listings in the premium directories are full of highly polished designs and better functioning code. Alle By using a premium theme you will save time finding a great look for your site that will actually work better in the long run. Alle My best recommendation for finding a premium theme is to browse through Themeforest where you can find excellent themes and see examples of them in action. Alle Themeforest to find wordpress themes When you hover your cursor over where it says "Wordpress" on the menu bar, alle a pull-down menu allows you to find themes based on the kind of business you are looking to promote. Alle Menu at Themeforest You can find themes for any number of types from Corporate sites and Non-Profits, alle Mobile sites optimized for viewing on handheld devices, alle and ones for more creative types of sites. Alle Once you've narrowed it down to the type of site you're looking to create you can sort the listings, alle seeing the newest ones, alle most highly rated or the bestselling. Alle When you've found one that catches your eye take it for a test drive by clicking through to the themes product page and then clicking "Live Preview, alle" which shows how the theme will once it's been installed and configured on your Wordpress site. Alle Typically, alle these previews are full of dummy-text but sometimes pages will describe the theme's special features or allow you to change through the available color schemes. Alle