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Download a free WordPress Starter Theme


Taking the time to get to know WordPress is very important and should be seen as an investment which makes you – as the admin of your website – independent from others. You will see that WordPress is a powerful Content Management System which is easy to learn and actually can make a lot of fun.

If you’re completely new to WordPress (or if you’re unsure), please refer to the Codex before you proceed.

Feel free to follow the Setup Guide, if you…

  • …have basic HTML knowledge
  • …understand the following Resource
  • …are experienced in setting up a new WordPress instance or already have a working instance
  • …run the latest WordPress version
  • …have downloaded the Starter Theme source files
  • …don’t fear the command line ;)
  • …can spend 10-15 minutes of your time for the initial Setup of the Starter Theme

Activating the Theme

  • Log in to the WordPress Administration Panels of your website
  • Select the Appearance panel, then > Themes
  • Select > Add New and Upload the zipped copy of the Theme
  • Activate it

Adding Content

Import Demo Content

Import the provided XML on a new WordPress instance. Importing Content
Make sure to review the General Settings and assign the Theme location to the Menu(s).

Or add Content from scratch

Create the Main Pages* and add the initial Content
Select the Pages panel, then Add New

  • Page 1 (Home)
  • Page 2
  • Page 3
  • Page 4
  • Contact
  • Blog (Page Template “Blog Index”)

*Unless otherwise specified select Template “Default Template” under Page Attributes

General Settings

  • Go to Settings panel > General
  • Go to > General, change the Site Title and select the correct Timezone
  • Save
  • Go to > Reading
    • Click on Front page displays and select the Front page which should appear as first page on your website
    • Select the Posts page (Blog) which will list all Blog entries
    • Save
  • Go to > Permalinks and select “Day and name”
  • Save


  • Go to Appearance > Menus
  • Create a new Menu and select “Main Menu” under Theme locations
  • Set up the Menu Structure by adding Pages to the menu
  • Drag each item into the order you prefer
  • Save

Optional: If your Theme supports another Menu, Create a new Menu, add/order the Pages and select the appropriate Theme location

Theme Customization

  • Go to Appearance > Customize to open the WordPress Theme Customization
  • Setup General Settings of your Site, the Page Layout or the Colors and preview the changes in realtime
  • If you’re happy click on Save & Publish