Installing a WordPress Theme and to change the look of your blog only takes a couple of minutes.  I do want to caution you though that some “free” WP Themes come with hidden links in them and these are links you don’t want to be associated with.  So, I always recommend getting a theme from a site that you trust.  I have free WordPress Themes or I can also recommend The Cutest Blog on The Block as I know they are on the up and up and have some really cute themes to choose from.

install a wordpress themeHere are a list of instructions or you can watch the video below.

  1. Login to your WP blog dashboard.
  2. On the left hand side menu click “Appearance” this will bring up Themes
  3. Click Install Themes on the top tab of that page.
  4. Then choose upload
  5. Browse to find your theme on your computer it should be a .zip file
  6. Click install
  7. After your theme is installed you can preview it to see what it would look like (up to you)
  8. Click activate! Visit your site and see your new look.

*If you are going from a 2 column theme to a 3 column theme or vise versa, it could mess up the widgets.  Don’t worry though as this is a super easy fix.  Go to your dashboard and under appearance you’ll see widgets.  Just drag and drop them into the place you’d like them.

For more information on setting up your WordPress blog visit my WordPress Set Up Checklist


Starting a new blog is exciting and getting comments on your blog posts can be so cool but not if they are spam!  I have had my blog setup for less than a month and have racked up 60+ spam comments!  Some are in another language and some are pushing those little blue pills.  It’s crazy stuff.  Even if you have your comment section set up for approval so no one sees these they multiply quickly.

So we’ll be talking about the Akismet plugin that stops most spam comments!  It’s your first line of defensive when the crazy comments are coming fast and furious.  The Akismet plugin comes standard with your WordPress Blog and can be found on the list on your dashboard under “Plugins”.

The first thing you will need to do is sign up for an Akismet API Key here!

After that you can follow these instructions:

  1. Login to your blog
  2. Go to your dashboard and on the left hand menu click Plugins.
  3. Click activate under the the Akismet Plugin
  4. If it doesn’t automatically go to a page to input your API key you obtained from Akismet, click settings under the Akismet plugin.
  5. On the settings page enter your Akismet API key.
  6. Click Update Options.
  7. Now you have an awesome spam filter for your comments section.

Feel free to leave comments or questions below or you can email me here.




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