WordPress: How to Discern a Theme

Have you ever been to a website and thought it looked bomb? You want your site to look the same way or very similar, but you’re not sure how to duplicate the effect. Well… If it’s a WordPress site, it’s simple enough to figure out.  You simply need to pull up the source code and look for “wordpress” in a link at the very beginning. So it would be like: http://domain.com/wp-content/themes/NAME_OF_THEME_used. Easy enough, right?

If you need a visual on it, here’s how to find out the theme in chrome from the WPGuide.com:

He’s using Thesis. I’m using Socrates, and here’s how that would look in the code:

<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”http://www.theseonewsblog.com/wp-content/themes/ socrates/style.css” type=”text/css” />

You’ll usually find reference to the theme in the <head> to establish the CSS. Once you know the theme, it’s pretty easy to find online. If you can’t find it, figure it’s custom. But you can also look down at the bottom of the blog’s front page and you may see the name of the theme right there.

For example, mine says “Socrates” in the lower right-hand corner, and you can even click that link and buy the theme from there. (Yes, I’ll be paid, if you do. The good news is that it won’t be anymore expensive than if you bought it direct.) I have a developer’s license for Socrates, and can use it on any website, as many times as I want. What I love most about Socrates is that it’s very customizable. I’m a theme changer though, so it may not be my theme of choice forever. I just like variety. 🙂

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