Word Press is one of the most famous CMS in these days. It is easy to use and it comes with great support.
Actual Word Press version is 4.3.1 and it is quite user friendly so it is not surprising that it is one of the most world famous Content Management Systems.
After installing Word Press site first thing users are doing is choosing and customizing WP Theme. All these steps are done through WP Dashboard which looks like on this picture.
|WordPress dashboard themes|
To choose your favorite WP Theme go to Dashboard and choose Appearance > Theme. There you can choose Theme or see how it looks like on Live Preview. If your Theme is not shown on the Themes tab then find it on the internet and download to your Computer. After that, simply upload WP Theme by using WP Dashboard > Themes > Choosing button Add New. Now simply activate your WP Theme.
To customize your Word Pres Theme navigate to Dashboard > Appearance > Customize.
|Customize theme using WordPress|
There you can see changes right after choosing one. On the left sidebar user can do changes like Site identity, Colors, Header Image, Background Image and other things depending on the current Theme options.
Next thing – Dashboard > Widgets. To customize your Theme it is important to place widgets on the right place. Position of these widgets depends of how Theme is coded and which widgets are being used. There is no default scenario for this. For each theme watch Theme Demo and see guidelines of how to place widget.
Under the Menus – like it says – user make menus for Word Press site. Menus are good way to categorize posts, or to show other pages like About me… or contact etc… This part of customization depends of user’s needs and his site logic.
Dashboard > Appearance > Theme Options. Every theme offering some kind of easy customization and this is example of how it looks like on this simple Theme I have choose for my site. Very simple theme gives me simple Theme Options. Just some Front page text introduction, page photo uploader and second Tab for my Social Networks links.
|Appearance and code edit|
Dashboard > Appearance > Editor provide us advanced options to customize WP Theme. Navigating to Dashboard > Appearance > Editor user can see crucial files for current Theme his site is running. On the right side there is shown list of PHP and CSS files. These files can be edited either trough Dashboard or by some FTP client application. Before doing any changes on any file it is always the best thing to do Copy of the file you want to Edit. In case something goes wrong, just easily re upload your original file and give yourself time to see what is gone wrong.
Why to edit PHP or CSS files in a first place? Especially if we know things can go wrong?
We all choose our Word Press Themes by watching Demos and their design without thinking how it will look on our site. No matter which theme we choose in some time we all want something different on our site and we are looking for the way to do that. For no experienced users it is best thing to hire someone who knows how to do changes. But in case you need some slight changes then do it by yourself. Before doing any changes on file don’t be lazy and make a copy of its original working state.
Small changes you can do are to change font style or font colors. Also, no experienced user can place Google Analytics code without using Word Press plugin. All these changes are easy to do – but still – be sure you have copy of each file you are going to change.