Customizing your site – guide #2


Design is an important part of every website. Here is a quick tour of the customizing tools.

Choosing a theme

WordPress has a huge selection of themes and many of them are free. To find a theme go to the dashboard by clicking My Site in the top left corner. Now find Themes. Look for a suitable one, hover over the image and select Preview. You can now see a demo page with the theme. If you like it click Try & Customize and wait for the customizer to load. Edit the site and then select Save & Activate.

Customizing your theme

To open the customizer go to the dashboard. Now click the Customize button next to the Themes position. The options visible are hugely dependent on the theme you selected but there are some common settings. Try changing your site title and tagline, add a logo, add a header image, edit the menus, customize the look of the front page (you can set a static page or a list of your newest posts) or change the colours. Many themes have their own additional options which you can find in the Theme Options category. WordPress has many fonts built in, so try to find the right set. You can also check how your site will look on different devices by clicking the buttons at the bottom of the customizing menu.

The customizer.
The customizer.

Editing the menus

To edit the menu on your site go to the Menus option in the dashboard. At the top you can select the location (some themes support multiple menus) and the menu to edit. You can add new items such as categories, links, sites, posts or tags. After editing the menu click the Save button.


Great! Now your WordPress webpage is customized and personalized. This will make your site or blog stand out and look professional.

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