Chapter 13

Tweaking WordPress Themes

In This Chapter

arrow Exploring basic CSS and defining CSS properties and values

arrow Setting a new background color, creating a header, and customizing navigation menus

arrow Changing fonts

arrow Knowing HTML essentials

arrow Working with parent/child themes

Chapter 11 shows how you can use free WordPress themes in your blog. Many people are quite happy to use these themes without making any adjustments to them at all. I can’t tell you, however, how many times people have asked me whether they can customize a theme that they’ve found. The answer to their question is always, “Of course you can make changes on your own.”

The practice of changing a few elements of an existing WordPress theme is known as tweaking. Thousands of WordPress blog owners tweak their existing themes on a regular basis. This chapter provides information on some of the most common tweaks you can make to your theme, such as changing the header image, changing the color of the background or the text links, ...

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