Theme powers the front end of your WordPress website. Theme is nothing but collection of files that handles the different views/templates of your website. To list a few, such templates could be:
- Home page
- Blog page
- Single article page
- About page
- Contact us page
- Portfolio page
- Testimonials page
- Team page
- Archive page (this could category/tag/author/date archive)
For more details on all the possible templates please take a look at WordPress template hierarchy. Let’s say you publish a lot about ‘Movies’ & ‘Politics’. You can have ‘Movie’ category posts/articles with a completely different look than the ‘Politics’ category post. Yeah! WordPress templates offer you that much freedom.
If you want to develop your own theme, then technically you need only two files – index.php and style.css If you want unique layout for most of your pages then you can keep adding custom templates. For static pages you can achieve different layout using a Gutenberg block editor and may not always need custom template.
WordPress’ theme repository offers thousands of themes at free of cost and installing a theme on your WordPress site is not difficult at all. So what are you waiting for? Start building your own WordPress theme or use any free theme from WordPress theme’s repository.