4 Steps to Navigating a Live Demo for Your Website

If you’re looking to create a website for your business, but you’re new to the process, a live demo can show you what it’ll look like before the site goes live. It’s an ideal tool for those who may feel intimidated by the process of taking their ventures online. By exploring a live demo, you’ll see how far the process has come and discover what WordPress.com themes have to offer.

Why you should consider a website

If you’re asking yourself, “Do I really need a website?” the short answer is yes, even if you only use it to display your company’s basic information.

Forbes points out that almost everyone now goes online to search for business contact information, location, and hours of operation. This is especially true since paperback phone books have lost popularity to their online “offspring” such as The Real Yellow Pages. Simply put, a small business without a website is often overlooked and underappreciated.

Use the following four steps to navigate a live demo of a WordPress.com theme, so you can bolster your confidence and stimulate the entrepreneurial growth that’s possible with an online presence.

Step 1: Choose a theme

Visit WordPress.com to find an appropriate business theme, one that speaks to your venture. Click on your chosen theme and open its “Overview” page.

Tip: Opt for a design with a name or image that relates to your business type. For example, if you plan to start (or already run) a catering company, restaurant, bakery, deli, or other food-related business, the Canape theme might catch your eye.

For this demonstration, we’ll use the Natural theme. However, each design offers a live demo, so you can follow along, regardless of which one you choose to navigate.

WordPress.com Natural theme

Step 2: Assess what can be customized

Click the “Open Live Demo” link. Many live demos begin with the theme’s homepage. This is when you should take note of the colors, logo size, arrangement of featured posts, and the page’s overall style. Envision your brand coming to life on the screen.

Keep in mind that many themes offer a variety of palettes, so you can specify colors to suit your brand.

Step 3: Compare the view on different devices

See the Desktop icon near the top? Use this dropdown menu to compare how the page appears on devices with different screen sizes, including mobile tablets and smartphones.

WordPress.com website screen demos

Note: the larger desktop and tablet views won’t appear if you’re currently using a smaller device.

Step 4: Browse the tabs

Click on the theme’s various page titles or tabs — About, Contact, Blog, Templates, and other available options. As you open each page, scroll down to examine menus, blocks of text, and the footer content at the very bottom. If a “Templates” option is available, explore the sample portfolio, full-width images, and three-columns layouts. Again, imagine your website in place of the demo features.

WordPress.com website demo titles and tabs

While exploring a live demo, you’ll notice that page content typically varies by the business type or blog style that the theme was created for. If you pick a fitting design for your venture, you’ll then be able to customize many of these features. For example, if you have a clothing store, you might alter headings to read “Active Wear,” “Now Trending,” “Men’s Jeans,” or “Clearance.”

Advance your skills

If you’re feeling confident about the demo, activate the design (if it’s a free theme) or purchase the theme (if it’s a premium one). If you’re uncertain, stick with a free beginner theme, such as Business, to experiment and figure out what exactly you want.

Don’t overthink the process! WordPress.com offers all sorts of website support, so when you have questions, you have the help you need.

Thousands of small businesses and online stores call WordPress.com home.

Whether you’re looking to promote your business or share your story, we have a plan that’s right for you.

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