How to Customize a WordPress Theme Design Easily
Customizing your WordPress theme beyond the simple edits allowed in the admin panel can be intimidating if you are not familiar with CSS.
For example, you may want to change the size of a border or replace an image, but you aren't exactly sure what part of your theme to edit.
The StyleSheet is The Core of a WordPress Website
Always remember that style customizations (font sizes, font styles, backgrounds, etc.) are controlled with the stylesheet.css file that can be found in Appearance >> Editor from the admin panel.
Always back up your file before you begin editing it. Save it on your computer by copying and pasting the text into a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
Changing Common Styles
Here is a snapshot of the stylesheet for the theme I'm using for this site.
Most themes put the main styles of the theme near the top of the stylesheet in the body tag.
So when I want to change the font size or style, I would adjust the values circled in the image above.
How did I know that? Well, I have a little background in CSS and also learned a lot via trial and error.
But changing parts of your theme beyond the fonts can get tricky if you aren't familiar with CSS. That's why I created this short course that is going to teach you a browser trick that will let you identify what part of the stylesheet to change and how to change it.
This will give you much more control over your theme and you'll be able to find the right hex codes for backgrounds and link colors, add backgrounds to any section (not just the main part of the site), style your bullets, increase column sizes, etc.
I may be a bit biased because it's my course, but it really is something every WordPress user needs to know how to do. And I make it very easy to learn.
Best WordPress Theme for Customizations
The Genesis themes are my absolute favorite right now for blog customizations because you can change so many different parts of the design right from the WordPress admin panel. For example, the Prose theme is probably their most customizable theme.
BUT most WordPress themes don't make it that easy. If you want to change your link and font colors, styles, add backgrounds to different parts, style your bullets, etc. you do have to get into the code.
Learn more about selecting the best theme for your needs.
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