WordPress - Customize Theme


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In this chapter, we will learn how to customize themes. Customizing themes help you to give a new look to your website. Here you can change background images/colors, add titles, and do much more.

Following are the steps of Customize theme.

Step (1) − Click on Appearance → Customize.

WordPress Customize Theme

Step (2) − The following screen will be displayed.

WordPress Customize Theme

As can be seen, on the left side we have the customizing section, and on the right side we have the theme you have chosen. So any changes you make on the left side will be displayed on the right side of the page. Here are a few options you must know −

Active theme − In this section, you can change the current theme just by clicking on ‘Change’.

WordPress Customize Theme

When you click on ‘Change’ you get a list of themes, click on any of the themes, and then click ‘Save & Continue’. Your theme will be saved.

WordPress Customize Theme

Site Title & Tagline − In this section, you can add the site title and tagline you want to add to your website.

WordPress Customize Theme

Add your title name in the ‘Site Title’ section. And your tagline in the ‘Tagline’ box.

Colors − You can change your header text color using this section. As you scroll through the colors you find changes happening on the right side of your page. You can even add a color of your own into the box that is situated in between ‘Current color’ and ‘Default’.

WordPress Customize Theme

Header Image − Add a header image either by selecting from the suggestions or you can add an image of your own by clicking on ‘Add new image’.

WordPress Customize Theme

Widgets − Add widgets to your site from here.

WordPress Customize Theme

When you click on the arrow mark the following image appears.

WordPress Customize Theme

Here, there are two options −

First is the ‘Main Widget Area’, when you click on this you get another list of widgets that are to be displayed in the footer area.

WordPress Customize Theme

When you click on any of the widgets a dropdown appears where you can edit more or add more. For example − If you want to add categories then the following image appears.

WordPress Customize Theme

In this image, as you can see, you can add your category in the ‘Title’ section. Check any of the required boxes. If you do not want to add any, then say ‘Remove’. Same goes for other widgets too.

Secondary Widget − Here you must click on ‘Add a widget’ and you get a side bar with a list of different widgets. Click on any and it adds up to your widget list.

WordPress Customize Theme

If you want to add more widgets then click on ‘Add a widget’ again and you can add as many widgets as you want.

WordPress Customize Theme

Static Front − Select either latest posts or static front page for your site.

WordPress Customize Theme

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