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Customizing Your Theme

WordPress offers several options for customizing your theme, including the Theme Customizer, which enables you to customize your theme from an easy-to-use interface. In addition, some themes come with even more options you can customize on the Theme Options screen.

Customize Your Theme with the Theme Customizer

  • blue_1.jpg From the main navigation menu, select Appearance, Themes.
  • blue_2.jpg On the Manage Themes screen, click the Customize link below your active theme.
  • blue_3.jpg On the sidebar, make any changes to your theme. For example, you can change your site title and tagline, colors, header image, background image, or static front page (the options available vary by theme). WordPress displays any changes automatically in the preview window.

  • blue_4.jpg When you’re finished customizing, click the Save & Publish button. WordPress saves your changes and updates your website.

Customize Theme Options

  • blue_1.jpg From the main navigation menu, select Appearance, Theme Options.

  • blue_2.jpg Specify the options you want to change. The options that display on this screen vary by theme.
  • blue_3.jpg Click the Save Options button. WordPress saves your changes and applies them to your active theme.

Add a Custom Header Image to Your Theme

  • blue_1.jpg From the main navigation menu, select Appearance, Header.
  • blue_2.jpg If you want to upload a custom header image, click the Browse button.
  • blue_3.jpg Select the image you want to upload in the File Upload dialog box, and click the Open button. Depending on your operating system and browser, the names of this dialog box and button might vary.
  • blue_4.jpg Click the Upload button.

  • blue_5.jpg Select the part of the image you want to use as a header and click the Crop and Publish button.
  • blue_6.jpg Select the Show Header Text with Your Image check box if you want to display your site title and tagline with this image. This works best if your image doesn’t contain any text.
  • blue_7.jpg Optionally, enter a Text Color if you chose to show header text. You can enter a color code (such as #006699) or click the Select a Color link to select a color from the palette. When selecting a color, aim for a shade that site visitors can read clearly when placed over your image.
  • blue_8.jpg Click the Save Changes button. WordPress displays a preview of your changes.

Customize Your Theme Background

  • blue_1.jpg From the main navigation menu, select Appearance, Background.
  • blue_2.jpg If you want to upload a custom background image, click the Browse button, select an image in the File Upload dialog box, and click the Open button.

  • blue_3.jpg Click the Upload button. WordPress displays a preview of your background.
  • blue_4.jpg In the Display Options section, specify exactly how you want to display your background. For example, you can indicate its position, whether you want the image to repeat, or whether you want it to scroll or stay in a fixed location.
  • blue_5.jpg Click the Save Changes button. WordPress displays a preview of your changes.
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