A WordPress theme changes the design of your website, often including its layout. Changing your theme changes how your site looks on the front-end, i.e. what a visitor sees when they browse to your site on the web.

Themes take the content and data stored by WordPress and display it in the browser. When you create a WordPress theme, you decide how that content looks and is displayed. There are many options available to you when choosing a theme. For example:

  • theme can have different layouts, such as static or responsive, using one column or two.
  • theme can display content anywhere you want it to be displayed.
  • theme can specify which devices or actions make your content visible.
  • theme can customise its typography and design elements using the themes customiser.
  • Other design elements like images and videos can be included anywhere in your theme.

From the collection of themes which are available to use by The University, the Divi theme has proven to be the best in terms of flexibility and functionality. blogs.auckland.ac.nz is using the Divi theme.

Alternatively more themes can be found on https://edublogs.org/themes/

Custom Themes and Plugins

Further guidelines around custom themes and plugins can be found on the CampusPress Adding Themes & Plugins page.

To request Custom Themes and Plugins, contact the Digital Experience Team in the first instance.