WordPress themes don’t look like you’d expect when you first install them

I spent a lot of time looking for a new baseline template for this site.

I love working on the Genesis Framework (created by Genesis theme by StudioPress) and chose to go with the Epik child theme, created by a 3rd party developer. The demo site is gorgeous. Here’s a look at the homepage:

And, as you can see, when I first installed the theme and imported some blog posts, the site looks pretty sad.

No navigation, no sidebar, no cool homepage. You have to add all of this in. So, I started out by adding a few key pages and created a new static page for my homepage. (To get the cool-looking homepage, you have to create artwork and configure special widgets. I just wanted to get something up that wasn’t my blog)

I am really disappointed at where the menu appeared. There are two menu placement options – one as you see here, and one where there would be a black bar above “Danielle Baird Design.” There isn’t a default way to get the navigation to appear to the right, as you see in the demo shot. I’ll have to edit the template’s CSS or find a plugin for the header widget area.

I’m able to troubleshoot this because I know how to edit the code, but this must be incredibly frustrating for the average person who’s trying to DIY.

Next, I’ll start making some design edits to the theme in order to customize the look.

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