Two Free WordPress Themes That Can Reduce Your Blog Setup Time by Half

WordPress themes are also known as layouts or templates. These are files that create the look and feel of your blog content. WordPress themes can be very simple, like the one that comes standard with every install, to the complex. Bloggers can choose from free and paid versions of templates. When choosing a template, you should choose one that will give you a lot of ability to easily customize the template to fit your branding needs. This article discusses 2 templates (or themes) that have a lot of customization features which are relatively easy to a create unique brand.

All WordPress templates allow you to customize them by going into the Edit page of the Appearance tab. If you are not comfortable with PHP and HTML code, then you may have some trouble in customizing your appearance One benefit of the themes mentioned in this article is they are customizable through a special theme options page, which means you can get your WordPress site up and running much more quickly.

1) Atahualpa Theme

This theme is a free theme that was created by ‘Bytes for All’ and can be found on their web site where you can ask questions and get community support for this theme. Once this theme is installed, you can customize the theme in the Appearance >> Atahualpa Theme Options page. Once here, you will find a host of options to highly customize your theme. Webmasters can configure special CSS styles for things such as the header, the layout, and page features such as headings, links and menu bars. Users can easily upload header graphics that can rotate through the header graphic.

Other options that can be customized include the number of columns you want on your blog (technically you can have from 1 to 5 columns), which side you want you sidebars to be on, or what you want your widget boxes to look like. The look and feel is highly customizable and is a great start to quickly getting a professional look to your blog.

2) News Magazine Theme

The free News Magazine theme was created by Anti Social Media LLC. This theme gives you several easily customizable options that can be set in the Appearance >> News Magazine Theme 640 Options page. The News Magazine theme doesn’t have quite as many options to set up as the Atahualpa theme, but you can add code for site tracking (can be done through the use of plugins), ad rotating and just adding text or java script code to parts of your template.

One nice feature of this template is that you can easily take featured categories and spotlight them on your blog through simple dropdown selections. One very nice feature is that you can control the excerpt length of your blog postings on the index page. On 99.9% of the WordPress blogs out there, the home (or index) page prints the entire text of the blog post. A better format for visitors is to have a post excerpt and they can click a link to read the entire blog. Currently there is no function in WordPress that allows you to display excerpts of your blog postings. This blog theme allows you to display excerpts with their ‘Blog Mode Excerpt Length’ setting.

If only John Dodson did some real estate training. But he never saw it coming. He was a well established real estate agent and he was doing well. But slowly a new skilled and independent real estate agent, who worked from home, eroded his livelihood. The new real estate agent dedicated all his energy to a specific suburb and started building relationships with the people will list their homes with him.

The new agent was patient, he regularly attend relevant real estate training, he provided valuable information on a regular basis to people in his listing area, he knew how to blog; he understood the process to integrate technology with the ability to build trust.

On the other hand Dodson is the traditional real estate agent who will either adapt or get sidelined by these new skilled estate agents. Because the new real estate agent’s training and use of technology will ensure that the new agent builds trust with many potential sellers and buyers with very little effort.

These new trained real estate agents need nothing more than a laptop, an internet connection, existing free communications-, blog tools and the guts to build relationships that will make an impact on their listing area.

The opportunity is ideal for those who want to penetrate the market early. Google indicates that there are more than 20 million “real estate blog” pages in the world but in South Africa, for example, there are only 219 pages. The search for “Real Estate Newsletter” indicates that there are nearly one million pages that cover the topic, but only 139 pages covering it in South Africa. This indicates that a entity the idea to do a real estate blog is well established but with a geographical area the opportunity begs to be taken.

But before you attend any real estate training to become a community blogger beware; I believe that there’ll be only one newsletter per suburb or listing area and the real estate agent who gets established first providing quality information will dominate the suburb in the future.

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