FREE WordPress Themes from AutoTrader

Auto Trader is pleased to announce our new line of FREE Theme’s for WordPress.

As part of our ongoing relationship building with bloggers the world over, we decided to start putting out some great (and free) WordPress theme’s this year. We shall be adding new ones all the time, so be sure to come back often and check for new ones.

Download WordPress Themes

Ford Focus WordPress Theme (download ZIP file)

Also be sure to check out our selection of New and Used Ford Focus

BMW WordPress Theme (download ZIP file)

Also be sure to check out our selection of New and Used BMWs

NOTE – background image files are in the ‘images’ directory

Click here to subscribe for Theme updates

To get you started we’re going to give a simple overview of how to install and use them.

**–Installation guide–**

To install, simply upload the folder titled autotradercouk to the themes folder, (wp-content/themes) in Worpdress then go to the WordPress admin and activate the AutoTrader (UK) theme (select appearance -> themes).

**– Header image –**

The AutoTrader (UK) theme has the built in functionality to change the top image to any “image” you wish. Pre-installed it comes with a Ford Focus car.

In the admin of WordPress you can change the car image to a rnage of different colours from purple, yellow red, blue, green etc or you can remove the image entirely and put your own image in.

To change the top banner image follow these steps;

Login to the WordPress admin : Select Appearance -> Header in the left menu then select either – Upload a new image – browse – upload an image from your computer hard drive.

Or you can select one of the pre-made variations of the car from the options below and hit save.

And that’s it. You have a new header image!

** — Change the background image — **

Another element we’ve included is the ability to easily change the background image for the theme. We have included 5 images (in the ‘backgrounds‘ folder with the theme download) to get you started, or you can use one of your own.

Got to – Appearance –> Background – Select upload – browse to your image – upload the image

It will now add the image into the background. (If it produces errors it may be because your image is to large – continue anyway wit the other options to see if it works and how it looks). Select align left right or repeat horizontally or vertically as you wish.

Background colour (best used for gradients so that it looks seamless) You need a colour code to change the whole background colour – colour codes are available online or via a program such as Photoshop or similar with the colour picker tool.

Out of the box we have supplied 8 background images to get you started. Pick one and select save. Check your site to see how it looks with the new background!

**– Front page Thumbnails –**

You can add thumbnails to the front page of your site by using the featured image option when writing a post. Here’s how that works;

Login to the admin – select Posts – Add New

Write your post filling in the title and the content. On the right sidebar you will see and option for “Set Featured Image” (close to the bottom of the column). Click this and upload the image you want to show on the home page as a thumbnail.

Once it has uploaded, in the details page, you will see the option to “insert into post” and beside that button the link for “Use as featured image

Your done!

Here’s a screen shot of a final set up for the Ford Focus with the Country Road background;

More to come real soon!

As I mentioned earlier, this is just the beginning! We will be creating theme’s for different makes and models over the coming months. If you have a request, feel free to leave it in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it to the list. We have only just begun!

Keep in mind, you can always upload your own graphics, you don’t need to use the make/model we supply by default with each theme.

If you need support, please do get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Download WordPress Themes

Ford Focus WordPress Theme (download ZIP file)

Also be sure to check out our selection of New and Used Ford Focus

BMW WordPress Theme (download ZIP file)

Also be sure to check out our selection of New and Used BMWs

NOTE – background image files are in the ‘images’ directory

Click here to subscribe for Theme updates

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2 responses to “FREE WordPress Themes from AutoTrader

  1. Thanks for the free WP themes… Just book marked this blog as it has some interesting stories. Nice to see some old photo’s as well, the one of Margret Thatcher in your post here – http://autotraderblog.co.uk/2011/10/25/25-years-of-the-m25-fascinating-facts/ was a blast from the past.
    Keep it up…
    Wayne

  2. Thanks Auto Trader to share this great theme. It such a good option when you creating a automotive blog now you can find free theme for your car blog. I have downloaded this theme and now i will have to work out on it to understand properly.

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