One of the questions we here a lot around here is, “how do I customize my wordpress theme?” Of all the top blogs out there, about 50% of them are on WordPress. It is a very popular platform for building a website. It’s no wonder there is so much curiosity about customizing themes, headers, blogs, templates or anything else related to WordPress. With that in mind, we created a handy guide at HowToCustomizeWordPress.com to help show people how to customize WordPress. We’re going to shutdown that website however, so everything that was once there will no be right here.
If you are looking for the WordPress customization guide, download it here.
The following resources are pretty critical to any WordPress customization:
- Cool Text
- Urban Fonts
- Icon Archive
- W3 Schools
Allows you to create custom buttons, logos and more.
Customize any photo or image, including cropping, adding text, making borders or resizing.
Thousands of free fonts to download and help you make custom text in headers and images.
Free photo and image editor with lots of capabilities including making transparent images.
Choose from thousands of free icons to download including social media icon sets.
W3 Schools has tutorials and quizzes to help you learn CSS and HTML.
In addition to those great resources, there are a couple things you absolutely must have on your computer. In order for either of them to work, you must first make sure you have the Mozilla Firefox browser installed. You then want to make sure you have two essential plugins: Firebug and Colorzilla.
Customizing WordPress is actually a lot of fun once you figure out how it all works. Something you need to keep in mind though- this does not work for blogs hosted on wordpress.com. You can only customize what are called self hosted WordPress installations. You download that software at WordPress.org and it is basically just like the software used to run blogs hosted at wordpress.com. The only difference is you can edit the HTML which is how you customize a WordPress theme.
I highly recommend going to W3 Schools or something similar to learn the basics of code. If you can’t understand HTML or CSS you can’t hope to ever customize anything. Once you know that, the sky is the limit. You can make any WordPress theme look any way you want. You can change sizes, colors, layouts…anything really.
So be sure to download the guide and then have fun!