{WordPress Wednesdays!} Exploring Customize

A more recent way to change the look of your page and see the changes as you make them is by using the customize option.  Today I’m going to show you some of the features of the customize menu.  You can either access this option in either the Appearance menu or in the drop down menu under your blog name in the top left corner.

dropdown customize

 

Once your customize options are up, you have two features.  You can either hover over to the Customize Your Blog or you can click on the bottom three options to see what your website looks like on different devices.

customize device options 2In your Customize Your Blog options, let’s explore the features you don’t have to pay for, shall we?  Up first, we have colors.  From here, you can select a color palette for your blog that will cover your links, menus, drop down menus, and such.  Some themes will have multiple options, some won’t.  If you want more options or to create your own custom colors, you can choose to buy an upgrade.  Please note that you can see the background image displayed.  That is to help you match up your colors well.

customize colors

 

Up next, we have the BG Image option.  In this option, you can choose a new background or upload a new one and select how you want your background to be setup.

customize bg image

 

Then we have the menu option.  As I wrote about in the {Wordpress Wednesdays!} about menus, From here, you can choose which menu you’d like to use in your theme out of the ones you have created.  When ever you change your theme, you’ll usually have to re-select the option you want if you have a custom menu in place.

customize menu option

The next option is Front.  From here, you can choose to use your blog as your main page or a static page you can create.  I’ll be sure to write more on this at a later date, but you can use any page as a static page and it will be the first page people come to when they go to your page.

customize front

In the Site Title option, you can put a title on your site and also edit your tagline or just choose to not have anything at all.  Most sites, when created, have something snappy about it being a WordPress website.  Well, here’s your chance to get rid of it or replace it!

customize site title

Most themes have a header option.  You can either choose one that comes with the site, or upload your own.  This is a place you can do that from.  My header is where it says Kuukisu Art.

customize header

 

So that’s a look at the Customize Your Blog bar and some of the things you can do with it.  It’s super useful to edit your blog with and see your edits before you publish them.  Just be sure that after you’re done with your edits, you CLICK SAVE!!! Once done, your changes will be live and public.  If you decide you want out of Customize and don’t want to save any of your changes, just simply click close.  Only you will be able to see the changes happen as you do them until you click save.

I hope this helps all of you who have been curious as to how to hand Customize or how to customize your blog!  If you have any questions, as always, feel free to comment below or contact me!

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