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A WordPress theme is the foundation for the complete design of a WordPress site, determining its general look and functionality by controlling the website’s front-end design. When we say the foundation for an entire design, what we mean is all of the web design components: color palettes, backgrounds, headers and footers, typography, page layouts, sizing, positioning, etc.

WordPress Themes and WordPress Templates are oftentimes mistakenly interchangeable. Themes on the WordPress repository usually force you to use a certain layout with limited customization. Theme markets use pre-designed layouts, and they are often bloated, slow and often they bundle a page builder that you’re forced to use.

In practice, a WordPress theme operates through a CSS stylesheet, which controls the design elements we mentioned earlier. As you may or may not know from basic HTML & CSS knowledge, stylesheets are flexible in that they can be applied to an entire site, or to specific elements as indicated by the designer or developer.

As you may know, WordPress themes are available for download in a number of places. They can be found in the official WordPress theme directory, or from a variety of WordPress theme marketplaces. You can even create your own WordPress theme, but that’s a discussion of it’s own. Once you have chosen your desired theme, you download and install the theme via your WordPress admin dashboard, and the theme files are then automatically downloaded to your web server. Once you apply a theme, it will be applied to your placeholder content and change the visual look of your site.

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