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The WordPress codex describes themes like this:

Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to "skin" your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a "skin." Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.

We offer 60+ blog themes to Commons users. Some of these themes are customized with Georgetown branding. A number of these, like "Georgetown Course Template" and "Hoya," are already set up with courses in mind. The majority of the themes that you'll find in the themes list, however, are basic WordPress themes that offer different levels of customizability. "Atahualpa," for example, allows users to make changes to everything from the font style to header image to blog page setup. Others, like "Chaotic Soul," offer limited customizability, most often taking the form of changeable header images. Others allow no modifications beyond the usual sidebar changes (see widgets for more on sidebar changes).

Changing your blog theme

To change your blog theme, go to your dashboard. Select "appearance," and then "themes." You will see a list of five or more pages of themes from which you can choose. To preview your blog content in a theme, just click on the "preview." You will then have the option to either apply the theme to your blog by clicking "activate" in the upper right or to close out of the preview by clicking the "x" in the upper left. There is no limit to the number of times you can activate a different theme.


Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering your theme:

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