WordPress: How to change the styling of your theme

You can customize the look, style and layout of your theme by going to Appearance > Customize in the dashboard.

You can setup all kinds of changes, such as adding post sliders, moving the sidebar and changing the fonts and colors. You will find instructions for each option inside of the tabs on the left side of the Customizer. Any changes you make will not be visible on your live site until you click the ‘Save’ button. So you can play around with different options and find out what works best with your blog, then put the changes live as soon as you’re ready.

We created a quick video of us playing around with the Style & Light theme options:

Want to change the fonts used in your theme? You can read about the options available in this article.

What’s next?

If you’ve been following the steps in our Getting Started guide, you should now be up and running with the basics! At this point, you will need to regenerate your site’s thumbnails via this guide, if you have not already. You can also find lots of extra tips and tricks in our WordPress Knowledgebase.

Article tags: color, colours, colour, customize, customise, layout, background colour, posts carousel, sliders, slideshow, slider

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  1. Karine

    I would like to purchase the Aruba Night theme but I had one question first :s
    I understand that those themes are highly customizable but can I switch styles between pages (for example, have a ‘classic blog’ homepage and then a ‘single column’ layout once I click on a post and a ‘grid layout’ for some other page ?) Or do I have to commit to one style for the entire blog ?
    Thank you in advance for your reply,
    Can’t wait to start playing with this theme !

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Karine, you can add/remove the sidebar to any post/page. You can also select a different layout for the homepage and post categories. However all post categories would be the same, so a grid layout would show for each category in your example. If you have any other questions just let me know 🙂

  2. Praashna

    Hi Phil,
    I am currently using the You & Me theme and I was wondering if there is any way that I can change the font and background of my title(the area that says ‘Passports & Palettes’)

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Praashna, you can change most of the fonts by importing the font controls from this guide 🙂

  3. Ana

    Hi Phil,

    I recently bought MINIM, I was wondering is it possible to change the header to lowercase. Like instead of ANA DOMINIQUE – it’s “ana dominique”
    is there a quick way to customize that?

    Thank you!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Ana, you can do this by copying the code from https://pastebin.com/raw/5QcWx95U into the “Additional CSS” tab in the Customizer. This can be found near the bottom of the options in the tabs on the left side of the screen.

  4. Christine

    Hi, how do you add a shop the post section in the posts without using rewardstyle since I am just starting out? ( I am assuming you can add product links with photos at the end of the posts through WordPress already?) Also is it possible to add the instagram photo section on the bottom of the homepage ( like in the theme Minim) even if it is not shown on the theme preview (like in the theme Valentine)?

    Thank you!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Christine, we have some suggestions for shopping widgets on WordPress in this guide.

      You can display the Instagram feed in multiple locations on all of our themes. This includes a feed across the footer 🙂

  5. Rachel

    Hi, how customisable are your themes? They are beautiful, but if for example I want to advertise a digital download, not as a post but as a banner ad, can I do this in the header or someone prominent? I may also want to have display advertising and a shop. Is this all possible?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Rachel, this would depend on where you wanted to show the feature. you could position an image banner in any widget area. All themes include a sidebar, footer and header area which you can add widgets to. Other themes include extra areas such as between blog posts.

      1. Rachel

        Hi Phil which themes would that be? I like Venture for the magazine style and WooCommerce compatible I think. Is it possible to lower case the header font style or is it only upper case?

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          All of the themes on this page are fully compatible with WooCommerce. Where on the page would you like to add a widget/ad? I’ll confirm which themes that will be possible in.

  6. Elena

    Hello there,
    I am trying to customize my theme following the guide and watching some youtube videos but it just doesn’t set the way it looks on the theme picture. I don’t really know how to customize it so it looks the way it is supposed to. Could you help me, please?

    Thanks in advance!


    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Elena, which option in particular would you like to display?

      1. Elena

        Hi Phil, I would like to have my menu bar on the top of my home page at the moment is in the middle and there is no option to change it.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          It sounds like you might have activated this feature. You may wish to disable that or reset the theme back to the default settings to start afresh. THe default settings should look like our theme preview.

  7. Ifeoluwa Anani

    Hi I’m would like to get the opulence theme on my blog http://www.ifesstyleroom.com
    Will it change how images fit from my old theme? Is their a direct support line to contact you.


  8. Kiyshia

    Hi, I use the Holly & Weave Theme. I’ve noticed that you’ve added a secondary menu that goes below the header which is great! I’ve gone ahead and created all my three menus 9including the footer menu) My question is, I am able to change the menu nav bar background colour and text colour for the header menu and the footer menu. But not the secondary menu. How do I do this? I need the secondary menu to be a lot more noticeable. Thanks

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Kiyshia, glad you like the new features!

      You can find all of the colour options for the theme in the “Colour Options” tab of the Customizer. Any features that are not possible with the standard options would require changes via CSS.

      1. Kiyshia

        Hi Phil, I’ve checked the customizer and there’s only options to change the colours for the header menu and footer menu, but nothing included in the ‘colour options’ for the secondary menu. Would I have to pay for the CSS change. I don’t want to ‘try’ and mess things up. Would it be possible to add the optins available for the other menus to the secondary one? Sorry this is a bit lengthy.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Hi Kiyshia, I don’t think we will be adding colour options specifically for the secondary menu in a future update. There are already lots of different colour options,s o I’d be slightly wary about confusing people with multiple menu colour options too. However, if you’d like me to change the colours via some custom CSS I can do that for you for a small fee. You’re welcome to use the ‘contact us’ button at the top of this page if you would be interested in this.

  9. Siobhan

    Hi Phil

    Is it possible to have a static image on the holly & weave theme homepage instead of the large rectangle slider?

    Many thanks

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      One way to do this would be to position an image widget in one of the header widget sections. This might not appear above all the other elements though. If you’d like to add a custom feature, you’re welcome to contact us for a quote. We can add an image section anywhere you like as part of an additional service.

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