WordPress might be an excellent content management system, but if you want to set your site apart from all the others out there, you need to learn how to customize a WordPress theme. While doing so can seem quite daunting at first, the process isn’t as difficult as you might think! In this beginner’s guide to customizing a WordPress theme, we’ll show you exactly how to do it and give you tips on what you should avoid when customizing a WordPress theme of your own.
Part 1 – Downloading, Installing, & Activating a New WordPress Theme
To customize your WordPress theme, you will first need to download, install, and activate it. Here’s how: 1. First, go to Appearance in your Dashboard, then click on Themes. 2. Then click Add New. 3. From here, find a theme that you like and click Install Now.
Part 2 – Understanding the Structure of Your WordPress Website
Themes, Menus, & Metadata What’s in a theme? A lot! But only if you know how to use it. In Part 2, we’ll explore different sections of your theme (header, footer, sidebar, etc.) as well as what each is used for and how they can help improve your overall website structure.
Part 3 – How to Change Colors, Text, & Images
Changing your theme’s color scheme can significantly alter how visitors perceive your website. Some tools make it easier to change these elements in all of our themes, with instructions and guides for every element in each template.
Part 4 – How to Add and Edit Pages
The most basic way to create pages on your website is through Pages. From your WordPress Dashboard, navigate over to Pages > Add New. This will take you to a new page where you can add text and media, just like any other post. When you’re finished writing your content, click Publish to make it available for viewing by anyone with access to your site.
Part 5 – Adding Features with Plugins
Your site has been built and is ready for prime time. What are you going to do now? You can add features by installing plugins in your admin area, or by having us install them for you. Need help choosing which plugins will work best for your project? We’re here!