WordPress Theme Customization
A customization WordPress theme will raise any website to a different level and visitors will be pleased to come back again. Any personalized design is another than the one you’ll get when buy a theme or download it for free. It’s like a car that is built to personal requirements. That’s why any well-known website has a special design and that makes the difference between the other either selling the same products or services.
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Why choose a custom web design instead of a template?
When utilizing a custom Web site design, you will possess a business Web site created specifically to incorporate your unique business model. The content, imagery, and marketing input that you will implement will be specific to the business needs of your organization. You will have the advantage of creating an online business presence that will help you garner new clientele, build your brand, implement strategic marketing, and help you demolish your competition! Read more here.
What is a Custom WordPress Theme?
A custom WordPress site is, in fact, a “one-off theme”, where a WordPress developer creates the functionality and page templates according to design files and specifications of one particular website.
These customized WordPress designs can mimic existing themes (like we did in our experiment), but they don’t need to. Instead, they can be completely unique to fully adapt to the style and intent of the designer and website owner – the same way a master chef can cook if they start from the base ingredients. Read more here.
Custom vs Commercial – Which is Right for You?
A custom WordPress theme can be designed to match your existing marketing efforts, offline presence, and can compliment and augment your business operations. You don’t want it to serve 90% of your needs. You want it to serve 100% and you’re willing to pay for that extra 10% because it makes a difference to you and your customers.
So which should I choose?
There are several factors to consider when deciding between a custom or commercial WordPress theme. Much of it depends on your own personality, skills, and business goals. Read more here.
How Much Does a Custom WordPress Theme Cost?
Since each custom WordPress theme is built specifically for the individual client, the cost of the project varies based on the requirements. Below are some of the factors that will impact the cost of your custom WordPress theme:
Individual Freelancer vs Agency
To create a custom WordPress theme, you will need someone who can design (designer) and code your theme (developer).
Depending on your needs, you may be able to find an individual who can do both design and develop the site, but remember it’s hard find a person who’s excellent at both design and code.
When you go with a full-service agency, it’s a one-stop shop because they have designers and developers in their team. This is also the reason why sometimes agencies can be more expensive.
Alternatively, you can hire an individual freelance designer and developer separately and mange the project yourself. Read more here.
New to WordPress theme customization? Just brushing up? This tutorial guide will teach you how to customize a WordPress theme the right way.
WHO IS THIS GUIDE FOR?
This guide is intended for those with some knowledge of HTML and CSS, but aren’t too familiar with the way WordPress themes work.
If you don’t know much about web design but you are interested, that’s good too. We’ll explain everything each step of the way.
Even if you’re a skilled web design veteran there’s always something to learn, I know I’m still learning!
WHY SHOULD I LISTEN TO YOU?
At Press Coders we have over 20 years combined experience with web design, and we have been creating our own themes full time since 2010. Starting our own theme company has taught us a ton about themes, and we are here to pass that knowledge on to you.
We created our own theme framework, and we currently have 6 themes in our catalog, with more on the way. Read more here.
Understanding the WordPress Customizer
In short, every modern WordPress theme allows you to customize various details of its appearance and features through the built-in WordPress Customizer – it’s available in WordPress right out the box.
In other words, many of the customizations we’re presenting in this guide involve the Customizer in one way or the other. That’s why it’s important to get yourself familiar with it.
You can access the Customizer by going to wp-admin / Appearance / Customize. This is what you’ll see in the left sidebar.
On the right-hand side, there’s the preview of your site – it changes in real time as you do any modifications.
Depending on the theme you’re using and the plugins you have installed, you’ll see more or fewer modules in the Customizer’s sidebar, so don’t worry if your sidebar doesn’t look quite like the example above.
To begin, just spend a couple of minutes browsing through the individual sections in the Customizer and check out what awaits there. Read more here.
Choose a good theme to customize.
It’s important to choose a theme that has the functionality that you want. Make sure it does what you want, and has a general look and feel you want rather than making a selection based on a couple of colors in their demonstration.
If you’re not familiar with WordPress development, it’s crucial to start with an existing theme that fits your overarching needs for functionality. Look at the theme’s options before you modify its files or create a child theme. Let’s move forward, examining in detail these steps:
Choose a good theme to customize.
Make changes using the Customizer.
Make further customizations with plugins.
Customize using custom CSS.
Make advanced changes with a child theme.
Ready to get started? Read more here.
The basics of CSS (cascading style sheets).
Oh no! CSS sounds complicated! It really isn’t, trust me. You’ll be a pro in no time. CSS at the core is a language (a basic one) for applying style (colors, fonts, layout) to HTML. HTML is what a web page (even a WordPress web page) is built on. Think of it like a doll that you can dress up in different outfits. The “body” of the doll is called HTML and “outfit” is called a CSS stylesheet. It’s a sheet of instructions for styling the HTML. Makes sense right? What if instead of actually choosing an outfit for your doll, you wrote down some instructions on a piece of paper for how the doll should be dressed: Read more here.
Using Partials and Edit Shortcuts.
This is where partials come in. They allow you to write more modular code that lends itself to theme creation and customization alike. Instead of refreshing the whole page when the element changes, you can refresh that single element.
Let’s start by generating our button with the help of a function. I’ve created the cd_show_main_button() and used it in the main index file, wrapping it in a container. Read more here.
What Are Child Themes And Why Use Them?
When talking about child themes, we first have to talk about parent themes. A theme only becomes a parent theme when someone builds a child theme for it. Until then, it is just a theme, such as the ones you find in the WordPress directory. Every theme that includes all of the files required in order to be considered complete can be a parent theme.
Yet, while any such theme can be a parent theme, some are better suited to this purpose than others. For example, frameworks such as Genesis by StudioPress are specifically made to be customized by child themes. Read more here.
Theme Customization API.
The Theme Customization API, added in WordPress 3.4, allows developers to customize and add controls to the “Appearance” → “Customize” admin screen. The Theme Customization screen (i.e. “Theme Customizer”) allows site admins to tweak a theme’s settings, color scheme or widgets, and see a preview of those changes in real time.
This page documents the Theme Customization API (Application Programming Interface), and how to implement it in your own themes.
This article assumes you have already read Theme Development and Writing a Plugin, which give an overview (and many details) of how to develop custom themes and plugins for WordPress. This article also requires a functional understanding of object-oriented programming. A familiarity with the WordPress Settings API should be very helpful as well. Read more here.
Developing a WordPress Theme from Scratch.
All you need to start is a website. Any website will do. You don’t need to know any PHP, or have any prior experience with WordPress. Your website can be custom, or built on Bootstrap/some other framework.
You do need to know how to set up a local server environment. Fortunately, if you don’t know how, I wrote a short, sweet article about getting set up with one. It will only take a few minutes, so go ahead and do that first. Read more here.
Create a Child Theme For Your Theme Customizations.
The recommended option for doing any form of theme customization in WordPress is to use a child theme. A child theme is a theme that inherits the style and functionality of another theme, called a parent theme.
Child themes allow you to add new functionality and style changes without ever altering the parent theme files. This is especially useful if you ever update the parent theme. If you have made changes directly to the parent theme, any update will wipe them out and you will need to spend time recreating them all.
Child themes are never touched when a parent theme is updated, making them the perfect way to alter your design.
Creating a child theme is a simple process. All you need to do is create one folder and one file. On your local computer, create a folder with the name of your child theme. The most sensible way to name it is simply parentthemename-child. So if you were creating a child theme for our Canvas theme framework, you would call it canvas-child. You might also add a unique identifier onto this name, like canvas-child-yourname. Read more here.
Custom Theme vs. Theme Customizations.
In my opinion, there is one key difference between the customization of an existing WordPress theme and the creation of a custom WordPress theme design – it is the graphic designer.
A true graphic designer is someone who is professionally trained at a university and/or college in the art of design. A professional graphic designer knows colors and fonts are much more than pieces of theme code. A professional graphic designer will see color schemes and typography as part of a brand identity and much more then code within the WordPress theme.
When a graphic designer is brought into the mix, he/she will start from a clean slate and not an off-the-shelf WordPress theme. A graphic designer will work with clients to understand their company, product or service offering, target market, marketing goals and objectives. The graphic designer will then make sure he/she creates a completely unique website design that matches those needs and requirements. Read more here.
Theme Customization Examples.
Armed with the knowledge above, let’s make some modification to Divi. I will go to some lengths to make sure I explain the thought process that I used to figure out how to modify something. The actual code used is less important but I will of course sow that as well.
Divi allows you to change the location of the sidebar on any page – including WooCommerce pages – but there is no built in setting to modify the sidebar position on the default blog page. This is actually the first step in modifying functionality: make sure there’s no built-in way to do it.
Since I am aware of how error-prone I am I used another method to make sure this needs a child theme modification. I assumed that the theme would use a class applied to the sidebar container to modify the location. Using the Chrome developer tools I looked at the sidebar element (#sidebar). It does not have any positioning classes but I did find the solution in the developer tool sidebar which shows the CSS rules applied to this element: Read more here.
Customizing WordPress Themes by Editing Code.
To customizing WordPress themes beyond the simple features like changing styles and dragging sections, you need to delve deep into the code that runs WordPress themes. You can make changes to this code and they will be effective in the live theme. WordPress provides a great way to edit the theme files and save settings in a way that the changes take place immediately. Although customizing WordPress themes by editing code is the ultimate and makes you to be in control of things; you need to be careful not to mess!
Understand Theme Files Structure
WordPress themes are different both in the way files are arranged as well as the way they are coded. Although there is a striking difference between themes, one thing remains the same – default WordPress files. Read more here.
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It is a complete guide for you if you wish to customize a WordPress theme to create your own design. I have shown how you can customize the Twenty Thirteen theme to create different theme designs for your or your clients’ needs.
Redesign and customize any WordPress theme to create own unique theme
Create child theme and add duplicate theme files without touching code
Apply advanced CSS techniques to easily alter design parameters like colors, background, fonts, images, etc.
Use highly relevant and useful free plugins for enhancing website performance
Source great-looking images and fonts for free
Install and operate Disqus comment system for WordPress
Check if your website is truly responsive
Set up your WordPress installation for efficient use
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