Hmmm I don’t know of an exact match off the top of my head, but if you scour WordPress.org I’m sure you can find a theme with boxed blog posts and a general layout similar to what you’re looking for. Then you can just use the theme Customizer to add a gray background, or try a premium plugin like Yellow Pencil or CSSHero to make styling edits to pretty much any part of your theme.
Installation and maintenance require some technical knowledge: The one con of using a tool like WordPress is that it is not as simple as some plug-and-play website builders. You will need your own server, and you'll need some basic skills to create the necessary resources and upload the files to that server. Ongoing maintenance can also be technical to a degree, so it is important that you feel comfortable doing this or have access to a resource to help with it.
Get your blogging journey going with the amazing, modern and clean, Akea. It is a fantastic personal blog WordPress theme which just happens to be Gutenberg compatible. It boasts minimalism and simplicity to make sure that your content is put right in front of the loyal readers – distraction-free! To make your lives simpler, Akea comes with a set of predesigned demos that will knock your socks off. Once you pick the desired one, you can further improve and enhance it with your personal touch and make it shine.
I’ve read a great deal (most from you, but others too) and one thing (I think) that I want to do is divide my site into two or three parts with distinctly different content (i.e. blog, autobiographical anecdotes, literary letters to my heirs, etc.) First I guess — is this a good idea or a really bad one? Second, how do I do that on one site or should I try to juggle multiples? Thanks!
There are many reasons why you don’t see ads. In order to help you to diagnose the problem Ad Inserter has many debugging functions that can help you to figure out why the ads are not where you expect them. Here we show example for AdSense ads but the same approach can be used also for other ads. This is how blank ad block looks like – empty space:
Furthermore, the Newspaper comes with many header and footer options, Flex Block elements for more versatility, endless Big Grid combinations to highlight pages or categories, and comprehensive documentation. Also, the theme integrates clean coding, great design, fast page-loading speed, and is AMP ready. Lastly, the Newspaper is WooCommerce compatible and Google AdSense ready, supporting responsive and mobile friendly ads. It uses the best SEO practices and is user-friendly.
Freyja is a sturdy and reliable, modern and minimalist, clean and fresh-faced, eloquent and responsive WordPress personal blog website theme. This theme is a classy, polished theme created with care and attention to detail in order to provide webmasters with or without any website building experience with an uncomplicated framework for competent storytelling, regardless of the nature of your content or subject matter, Freyja can help you spread the word and communicate your message effectively to a massive online audience.

The Classic Editor plugin restores the previous WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen. It lets you keep using plugins that extend it, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor. To install, visit your plugins page and click the “Install Now” button next to “Classic Editor”. After the plugin finishes installing, click “Activate”. That’s it!

WordPress users may install and switch among different themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content. Every WordPress website requires at least one theme to be present and every theme should be designed using WordPress standards with structured PHP, valid HTML (HyperText Markup Language), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Themes may be directly installed using the WordPress "Appearance" administration tool in the dashboard, or theme folders may be copied directly into the themes directory, for example via FTP.[16] The PHP, HTML and CSS found in themes can be directly modified to alter theme behavior, or a theme can be a "child" theme which inherits settings from another theme and selectively overrides features.[17] WordPress themes are generally classified into two categories: free and premium. Many free themes are listed in the WordPress theme directory, and premium themes are available for purchase from marketplaces and individual WordPress developers. WordPress users may also create and develop their own custom themes. The free theme Underscores created by the WordPress developers has become a popular basis for new themes.[18]
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