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A Quick Guide to Customizing Your WordPress Theme

Customizing your WordPress theme helps you present your business in a compelling way, giving it a competitive edge in the ever-evolving marketplace. 

Many business owners look for professional WordPress website development services for theme customization. However, by adopting a well-designed strategy and some diligence, you can learn the skills of editing WordPress themes by yourself. This skill is very beneficial because it gives you control of your website’s design and visual appearance. 

In this blog, PPN Solutions will touch on how you can quickly customize your WordPress theme according to your preference using simple customization options. Stay tuned! 

Customize your WordPress theme with a Page Builder 

WordPress is a powerful content management system that empowers you to customize your theme the way you want using a Page Builder plugin. That’s why every website design and development company has WordPress experts at their disposal. 

This plugin is the most popular and user-friendly Elementor plugin, basically a drag-and-drop editor. Due to its intuitive and user-friendly interface, people of all skill levels can craft a visually appealing and pixel-perfect website without writing a single line of code. 

Elementor offers you vast control over all the elements of your website and includes a diverse repertoire of over 40 widgets and features. Furthermore, to speed up your website-building process, Elementor provides designer-made templates and website kits. 

By leveraging the Pro Elementor version, you can also edit elements from your WordPress themes like Header, Footer, Archive Page, Single Post, Blog Section, and more. 

The Page Builder plugin is Gutenberg-ready, highly responsive, and provides tools and enhancements to help you craft a compelling website. 

Edit a WordPress theme from the Theme File Editor 

The WordPress theme files are saved in your web hosting account. As a website owner, you can access and modify them by using the File Manager in your hosting provider or from your WordPress Dashboard. 

Appearance > Theme File Editor 

Bear in mind that to modify or edit the theme files, you are required to have good knowledge of PHP and CSS. Moreover, WordPress recommends avoiding direct editing of theme files on your live website because making changes directly to your live website might lead to site disruption or loss of modifications during theme updates. 

Even when you are proficient in coding, we still wouldn’t advise doing it on your live website (known as cowboy editing). Instead, edit the theme’s code during the Staging site or create a Child theme. 

The Theme Files Editor provides a platform to modify various files related to your WordPress theme. Most themes include essential files like style.css, functions.php, and theme template files that you can edit to customize their design.  

Customize your site using a Child theme (advanced) 

A WordPress parent theme has all the necessary theme files and assets, whereas a WordPress child theme inherits all the features and functionalities of its parent theme. 

To create a child theme, set up functions.php and style.css in a distinct folder within your WordPress file structure. Name your folder after the child theme. Within this folder, you can create templates and apply several modifications. The advantage is that when the parent theme undergoes updates, the changes you’ve made in the child theme will remain unaffected and intact.  

You can also use Child Theme Wizard, a plugin to create child theme hassle-free. After installation, the plugin will get activated automatically, and you can access it in the Tools section of your dashboard. 

Now, choose the parent theme from the drop-down menu, give your child theme a unique name, and hit the Create Child Theme button. After some time, you will get a “success” message. 

Then, go to Appearance > Theme, activate your Child theme, and start customizing your WordPress. 

Conclusion 

With this knowledge, you’re all set to design and develop your own WordPress website and grab your audiences’ attention. Now you can earn recognition by customizing your WordPress theme by using any of the methods mentioned in the blog and stand out. 

However, still, if you need assistance from a reliable web development company in India, reach out to us.