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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 4: Customizing Your Theme

In This Chapter

  • Personalizing your header and background graphics
  • Customizing with site with CSS
  • Modifying your theme with CSS and HTML
  • Customizing basic elements for uniqueness
  • Exploring additional resources

Customizing your WordPress theme's overall look with unique graphics and colors is one of the most fun and exciting aspects of tweaking WordPress themes. We enjoy taking one of our favorite, easily customizable themes, and personalizing it with some simple changes to make it unique. (For more information on finding an existing theme, read Book VI, Chapter 2.)

After you find an existing free (or premium) WordPress theme that suits your needs, the next step is personalizing the theme through some of the following techniques:

  • Plugging in your own graphics: The easiest way to make a theme your own is through a graphical header that includes your logo and matching background graphics.
  • Adjusting colors: You might like the structure and design of your theme, but want to adjust the colors to match your own tastes or brand look. You can do this in the CSS, too.
  • Adding/changing fonts: You may want to change the font, or typography, on your site by using different font types, sizes, or colors. You can edit these display properties in the CSS.

Often, the customization process is one of trial and error. You'll mix and match different elements, tweaking and tinkering with graphics and CSS until you achieve design perfection. In this chapter, you explore ...

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