With the popularity of WordPress websites scaling newer heights practically every day, it is very likely that someone else is using a theme that’s same or very similar to the one you are using. Losing a claim to exclusiveness can be hard to digest but with WordPress websites you can easily make a comeback as there are endless customization options available to choose from. However, if you want to make your WordPress website truly stand apart, you can do what some smart guys are doing. By simply customizing your WordPress Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), you will be able to create a completely and truly unique design for your website.
Thankfully, it is not all that difficult to customize your WordPress website’s CSS. In fact, you can do it in more ways than one without having to use the services of any web development company.
The design of your website pages can be altered by using a variety of style sheets. The lower sheet can be used for replacing the styles of the higher one. This is where the cascading effect comes from. It is possible to separate the structure of a web page from its original looks. The best part is that CSS can be used to transform almost any appearance aspect of a webpage such as layout, fonts, colors, animations and more.
Customizing CSS Via A Plugin:
The easiest and most convenient way customizing your website’s CSS is through a plugin. It is popular because changes brought about by updates to a theme remain unaffected or won’t be overridden as they are stored separately from the theme’s files. Plugins such as Simple Custom CSS, WP Add Custom CSS, and Theme Junkie Custom CSS are some of the most popular plugins used for customizing WordPress website’s CSS. You can work with a reputed web design and development company for assistance in getting the customization right.
Customizing CSS Using The Customizer
The WordPress Customizer is yet another simple and popular way of customizing your WordPress website’s CSS. The Customizer allows you, the site owner, or the administrator to make adjustments a theme’s settings. Many themes now make use of the Customizer to give you access to options and settings. The theme’s documentation will allow you to find out whether the CSS customization option is available. The process is hassle-free.
The first step is to go to Customizer in your WordPress administration dashboard which can be done by going to: Appearance > Customize. The Customizer menu will usually have a Custom option. You just have to click on the tab to gain access to a text box where you can add custom styles. A preview will pop up to show you the effect of the changes made. Click Save and Publish tab when you are done.
Many users prefer Customizer for its absolute simplicity in customizing web designing and development. And, you don’t have to install anything after enabling the changes to the theme. One possible drawback is that you must be aware of the process of adding CSS rules as not all themes work in the process described above. You may have to find a different way of customizing CSS if this procedure does not work with your theme.
Customize CSS Using a Child Theme
This is another simple and painless way of customize your CSS. A child theme is generally included by most theme developers nowadays. It can be tweaked to match your need. Any update will only affect the ‘parent’ theme and won’t cause any changes to the child theme. The popularity of this theme is because of the fact that creating a child theme is very easy. You just have to create a folder on your web host that includes a style.css file where the parent theme is listed as the template, and its style.css is imported. You will need to create this folder in the themes folder and name it anything you like.
Example of how the style.css looks:
Theme Name: Sydney Child
Theme URI: http://frankapptech.com/sydney-child/
Description: Sydney Child Theme
Author: FraNK UMEADI
Author URI: http://frankapptech.com
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
Tags: light, dark, three-columns, right-sidebar, left-sidebar, responsive-layout, accessibility-ready
Text Domain: sydney-child
Customizing CSS Using The Divi Theme
This is one of most advanced WordPress themes that give you full control over your website’s CSS. It is one of the preferred customization options of both providing advanced control to enable both seasoned and greenhorn designers when they want to customize the look of their site with commendable ease.
The Divi theme comes with lots of customization options for all the elements on your website. The theme provides you with two options of adding custom CSS: You can apply CSS to the entire website through the ePanel or use the Advanced Design Setting if you want to make changes to specific module on a page. The ePanel comes with a custom CSS field for global CSS changes.
Kanika Khanna is a diehard WordPress fan. She has been following the growth and development of this amazing open-source CMS right through its lifeline. Her blogs cover the various benefits and advantages that WordPress offers to users.
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