You may have noticed a new look to Picture Retirement recently. While it may seem a subtle departure from the old theme, it does serve a purpose. For months, I have been noticing that links on other blogs did not appear as they do on my blog. For example, if I linked to information and labeled the link with a word or phrase, that word or phrase would be underlined and look like THIS . Try as I might, I could not delete the underline, or change the color, so after many failed attempts, I contacted Hugh at Hugh’s Views and News who is a great resource for all things blogging. Hugh had two suggestions – (1) try coding, or (2) change my theme. Yikes to both! The code he directed me to worked for the color change, but it still would not allow me to delete the underline. Buggers!!!
After a few days of brooding, I decided to change the theme. For those of you who have done this, I’m sure you understand the angst I went through – will I delete my blog, what if I don’t like it, will it maintain all my posts, widgets, etc.
Seriously!….all that angst was much ado about nothing.
Changing a Theme on WordPress
From the Administrative tab, click Appearance, then Theme.
My suggestion is to sort all available themes by the category of your choice. I selected FREE, and TRENDING. There are all sorts of layout options, depending on the type of blog you might want to create, or in my case, change.
Pay attention to these two very important tabs under each theme – Activate and Preview. The neat thing about changing your theme on WordPress is that you can Preview as many as you like before making a selection. The Preview tab will allow you to see exactly what your blog content will look like when it is transferred to the new theme. I previewed about a half dozen before I selected this one.
Some of the themes I previewed did not delete the underline, and therefore were not an option for me. I know this because the preview allowed me to see my old posts and the underlined links were still visible. When I got to this theme, the underline disappeared and there you have it; decision made!
Hitting the Activate tab was the hardest part, but I held my breath and went for it. Hmmm….. All of the Widgets on my sidebar were missing. No Follow Me button, no Blogs I Follow, no Instagram, nothing! They had shown in the Preview, so I assumed they would transfer as well. Not so, but not a big deal.
I went back to the Dashboard, selected Appearance, then Widgets and reinstalled each of the items I wanted to appear on the side bar. It took less than fifteen minutes.
I am so excited about the cleaner look and I love the lime green accent color with NO UNDERLINE on my links. Thanks Hugh for the encouragement!
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