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WordPress: Customizing a Site
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After being activated, Themes can be further customized to fit the needs of the site. It may take a few tries to find the correct theme and customization combination. To learn how to activate a theme see WordPress: Applying a Theme.
To customize an activated theme:
- Hover over the site’s name to the top-left and select “Visit Site” from the pop-up. The full site will display.
- Click “Customize” to the top-left of the page. The customization menu will appear to the left.
- Click options to customize as desired. Some options will affect the entire site, and others will affect only one page at a time. Options include:
- Homepage Settings: set the homepage of the site, which is the page that will appear first when visitors go to your site, in the Homepage drop-down. The page for posts to be added to is set with the Posts Page drop-down.
- Widgets: add content such as an image, calendar, and search bar to a page.
- Text fonts, size, and colors.
- After adjusting an option, click the left arrow to the top-left of the menu to navigate back to the customization options.
- When done, click Publish to save the changes. Alternatively, click the “X” button to the top-left to exit customization without saving.
Some widgets and customizable content on the page can be directly edited with the blue pencil icon. If the icon doesn’t appear, the item can’t be adjusted in this way.
To return to the Dashboard, hover over the site’s name to the top-left and click “Dashboard” from the pop-up menu.