Read The Theme Documentation
It’s not unusual to install a WordPress theme for the first time and be hit with the realization that it doesn’t look anything like the demo. Surprise! As a WordPress trainer, I get lots of questions that are specific to themes. Of course, it’s impossible for me know how every theme works! So, my response usually starts something like this: “Let’s see what your theme documentation says . . .”
Having a good grasp of WordPress fundamentals will take you a long way in understanding your theme documentation. But, sometimes the documentation just doesn’t get you there. That’s where the next two steps come in handy.
Use The Theme Support Forum
Not finding answers in your theme documentation? If you’ve purchased a quality theme, then you should be able to find answers in your theme support forum. The key to using a support forum efficiently is this: use the forum search tool. It’s likely you’re question has already been asked and answered. It’s much quicker to use the search bar to find answers than to post a question and wait a day for a response.
As an experienced website developer, I still use support forums regularly to get answers to my questions. Think of the effective use of support forums as an important skill—like study skills and research skills—to help you achieve your goals. It’s not optional.
WordPress.org support forum may have inaccurate information. Their information is frequently out of date or just plain wrong.
Just about every question that has ever been asked has been entered into a search engine. If you are getting frustrated with Google search, chances are that your searches are not specific enough.
For the best results, be specific in your searches. For example, if you are building a website for a restaurant, then a poor search would be, “examples of restaurant websites”. You’ll get better results with, “Best restaurant websites built using WordPress in 2015.”
There’s nothing like working with a professional WordPress trainer to speed up your process. I know this from my own experience. It took me almost two years to learn and feel confident about WordPress. I finally learned the value of training when I hired a consultant to teach me about Search Engine Optimization. I learned so much in a short period of time. He knew the answers to questions I didn’t even know to ask! That was the beginning of my journey toward become a WordPress Trainer.