The theme customizer is the WordPress tool that enables you to customize certain aspects of your theme, such as colors and fonts. Use it to make changes to your site in a live preview mode, allowing only you to try out and see the changes before publishing them for site visitors. Customization options vary by theme.
- [Voiceover] In this movie, I'd like to formally introduce you to the theme customizer, which is the tool WordPress gives you to customize certain aspects of your theme, such as colors or fonts. To access the theme customizer from My Site, I'll click on the Customize button. This brings up a customization panel on the left and a real-time preview of my site on the right. What I mean by real-time preview is that any changes I make via the customizer can be immediately seen in this site preview mode. Similar to when we looked at themes earlier, the public can't see any of these previews unless I actually save the changes.
What you see in this left panel will vary from theme to theme, but one thing that's consistent across all themes is that you can always use this customize button to get to your theme's customization options. You'll also find some options in the customizer that you can access from other parts of your site admin. Earlier in the course, we learned that you could edit your site title and tag line from My Site, Settings, General. You can also access that here in the customizer with the additional option of adding a logo, at least in the case of the 2016 theme.
Another option you'll see that you can find elsewhere is Menus. You have the ability to fully manage menus right here, just like you would if you went from My Site to Menus. There are, of course, aspects of your site design that are only found here in the customizer. One thing in particular that I'd like to point out is the Custom Design Module. This gives you better tools for working with site color schemes, access to custom type kit fonts, and a CSS editor that you can use to precisely control your styles. This feature does require an upgrade to either WordPress.com Premium or Business Plans.
That said, there is a way that you can try it before you buy it, by clicking this Try Now button. I don't really recommend starting with this. It's certainly a cool feature, but I'd suggest experimenting with free themes and free customization options first to see if you can achieve the look you're happy with.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting