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Freshen Your Theme with Seasonal Touches

You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes  temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now.  Consult your calendar and  unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions.

Changing Themes

You can quickly and easily change themes to another one found in the Themes Showcase and no data will be lost or negatively affected by the change. Now our images automatically resize when we switch themes. The only time you may have to do some work is if you are changing to a dramatically different theme and have to resize feature images and/or if you have done any CSS editing.


There are 7 Seasonal WordPress Themes and as Halloween is coming you may want to try one of these two themes: Monster, Strange Little Town.

monsterstrange little town

How to change themes

Provided you are logged in as Admin under the same username account that registered the blog go to Dashboard > Appearance > Themes and browse themes until you find one you like and click “activate” or type in the name of the theme you want to use and
click the “activate” link when it appears.

After you change your theme all you need to do is go here Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Inactive Widgets and re-install them where you want them to appear. The widget contents and settings will be the same as they were prior to changing themes.

Custom Headers

Many theme have built-in customizable options like custom header images, custom backgrounds and featured images. Some themes  have color customizable options. Try experimenting with a seasonal color scheme and explore color choices that create the right mood for your readers.

misty spring blossomssummer bridgespringbridge

Some Resources:

freewepageheaders  – A large collection of original header graphics that may be used free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Invision Graphics require a link back to their site if you download one of their many header choices. With a little bit of resizing work you can make mini graphics from your header choices to place in text widgets in your sidebar.

shabbyblogs – Here’s a collection of free headers.

No matter what theme you’re using, image widgets and text widgets  are also simple ways to inject seasonality into your blog  and liven up your sidebar.  For images in a text widget see: adding an image.

If you want to go further then do some custom designing and use CSS editing for adding custom colors and seasonal or holiday flavor to your theme.

Related posts found in this blog:
Writing Prompts and Scheduling Posts
Blogging Local, Regional and National Events and Holidays
A Photo Collage for Your Blog
Free Christmas blog headers and graphics
Free Christmas countdown tickers for your blog
How to add a countdown ticker to your blog

13 thoughts on “Freshen Your Theme with Seasonal Touches

    • Hi Peter,
      I am beginning to think I need to take you Judy and a couple of other under my wing and help you develop confidence but I have not time to do that. I took on a child care job for 3 months and that was followed by a 3 month contract that was extended for an additional 3 months. I’m up to my eyebrows right now. Always remember that it’s only a blog and anything you mess up can be fixed (honest). Also every failure contains all you need to know to succeed the next time.

  1. I love these images with bridges! One aspect I miss about no longer being on is the ability to change themes so easily. But, as your article indicates, you can still have a lot of fun!

    • Hi Sandra,
      I am so visual and I bore so easily. Changing themes and headers and backgrounds are things I love to do and that are easy to do here. I’m reluctant to take on learning CSS editing right now as I simply don’t have time to devote to another project.

      I love the bridge images too, Sandra. They are symbolic of a time I just went through bridging communication gaps and the images will appear again in an article I will be writing for my personal blog. I need a little more time to complete some contracted work before I will be able to write it.

    • There aren’t many seasonal themes but there are 113 Custom Background + Custom Header + Featured Images WordPress Themes we can use. With a little bit of inspiration and not much work we can include seasonal touches on any theme.

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