How to Customize WordPress Themes Tutorial

Learn how to edit your WordPress theme from within the admin panel

Depending on the theme you're using for your WordPress site there are different set of changes you can make to your site from within your admin panel. This tutorial explains how to do some of the changes to your site using the Customization page. For the purpose of this tutorial we will use the Twenty Seventeen theme.

How to Access the WordPress Customization Page

To start customizing your WordPress theme, first go to Appearance -> Themes page.

On this page, locate the active theme (Twenty Seventeen in our case) and click on the Customize button next to its title.

On the page that opens, you can modify your WordPress theme in real time. On the left you will see a list of the available options and on the right a live preview of your site and how those changes will affect it.

How to Modify your WordPress Title and Tagline

The theme customization page allows you to modify your site's title and tagline and see how it will look on your actual site immediately. To do this, expand the Site Identity group of settings and alter the text. As you type you will see the new text showing up in the preview on the right side. Once you're happy with the result, simply click on the big Save & Publish button.

Additional WordPress Theme Customizations

Depending on the theme you're using there might be additional options in that page. For example, the Twenty Seventeen theme allows you to modify header image, color scheme, add additional css and more. Once you're happy with the result, simply click on the Save & Publish button to save the changes.