Wordpress Theme Customisation for Beginners

10 simple changes you can make to customise off-the-shelf Wordpress themes and make your website stand out.
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  • Lectures 38
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

In this course, we'll go through 10 simple ways to customise standard wordpress themes to make your website stand out using CSS. Standard wordpress themes are a great place to start, but chances are, other small businesses and bloggers will also have chosen the same starting point! This course covers how to customise key elements of any standard theme to differentiate your website with your own style.

Customise Key Elements of Standard Wordpress Themes

Starting with a standard off-the-shelf wordpress template, by the end of this course, you will be able to customise key elements of your website theme:

  • Learn how to inspect the style properties of website elements.
  • Recognise CSS selectors of key website elements.
  • Learn from articles and opinion pieces provided in course resources.
  • Adjust fonts, colours, sizes and spacing to modify the appearance of themes.

Each lecture will be accompanied by course resources including links and text documents to help you navigate the customisation process and use for future reference.

Who is the Course For?

The course is aimed at small business owners and bloggers in particular - to help you design a site that reflects your own brand and personality without employing the services of a professional web designer.

Learn from a self-taught small business owner and blogger - for people who want to keep it simple, building a unique website design without getting too technical.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

All you need is a wordpress site with admin access, Google Chrome web browser and an internet connection!

The course starts with installation of the tools required for customisation, including a basic theme, and choice of a child theme or the WP Jetpack Plugin. Once we have what we need to get started, we run through key elements from colours and fonts through to images, hover properties and navigation.

Course sections feature resources to aid your decision-making and customisation, screencasts to take you through the code edits step by step and summaries at the end of each section to cement course learning.

By the end of the course you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your website stand out.

The course covers:

  1. Colours
  2. Fonts
  3. Headings
  4. Links
  5. Images
  6. Spacing
  7. Blockquotes
  8. Lists
  9. Tables
  10. Navigation

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What are the requirements?

  • A wordpress website with administrator access
  • Google Chrome web browser
  • An internet connection

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Customise a standard wordpress theme and make it stand out using CSS.
  • Identify the correct CSS selectors for key elements of wordpress themes
  • Modify colours, backgrounds, borders fonts, spacing and much more

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for bloggers and small business owners, for example, who are looking for ways to customise wordpress sites without getting too technical.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are looking for in-depth CSS knowledge or to build stylesheets from scratch.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


5 questions

This quiz will help you focus on specific areas - 5 questions based on key material covered in 10 Simple Ways to Customise your Wordpress Site.

Section 1: Before we get started

This lecture runs through the theme search and installation process and discusses some of the merits of a Child Theme versus the Jetpack Plugin.


Learn how to create and install a Child theme to counter issues associated with theme updates.


Learn how to install the WordPress Jetpack plugin.

Section 2: 1. CSS Colours

Learn about some fantastic online resources for colour selection.


Discussions around what certain colours stand for in regard to business and purchase decisions.


Change the colour of key elements of your site, including fonts, backgrounds and basic navigation elements.

Section 3: 2. CSS Fonts

How many fonts? Which fonts? Where do I source fonts? This lecture covers fonts selection with Google Fonts.


Learn how to install a Google font using a WordPress plugin.


Learn how to install a Google font using your Child Theme.


Learn how to customise specific text elements on your WordPress site using CSS.

Section 4: 3. CSS Headings

Identify the heading selectors you need and change their font size.


Make your headings stand out by changing heading colours.


Learn about font styles and how to apply them to your site headings.

Section 5: 4. CSS Links

Make text links stand out by adding background colour style properties.


Change the colour of text links to improve legibility and encourage action.


Add contrast with style and colour changes on hover.


Learn to create and style link buttons e.g. “Contact Us” buttons.

Section 6: 5. CSS Images

Learn how to find the selector for the image you'd like to style.


Change image style properties including border radius and image shadows.


Change image opacity to indicate a link or reveal information behind the image on hover.

Section 7: 6. CSS Spacing
8 pages

Understand the difference between margin and padding.

10 pages

Learn the order of specification for margins and padding, plus a handy memory aid.


Some examples of where margins and padding can come in useful for styling, including links, headings, blockquotes and images.

Section 8: 7. CSS Blockquotes
15 pages

Go through some examples of styling that can be added to blockquotes to enhance their impact.


Learn how to implement the styling examples for blockquotes covered in Lecture 24, including the opening quotation mark character prefix, backgrounds, borders, fonts, box-shadows and more.

Section 9: 8. CSS Lists

Learn how to create ordered and unordered HTML Lists using the WordPress Text editor.


Use CSS to style the bullet point format of your ordered lists.


Use CSS to style the bullet point format of your unordered lists, including using custom images.

Section 10: 9. HTML & CSS Tables

Learn how to set up the elements of an HTML Table, including a header row and footer row.

9 pages

A downloadable overview of the key CSS Selectors for Tables.


Use CSS to style your HTML Tables, including borders, backgrounds, font-styles and spacing.

Section 11: 10. CSS Navigation
9 pages

Learn how to identify the selectors for your WordPress Theme's navigation elements and menu bars.

This lecture goes through how to style the menu bar and links for your wordpress theme.

Section 12: Summary: Standard vs Customised

Catching those stray, theme-specific items.


A summary of where we were versus our customised website.

11 questions

Quick Quiz to test the main takeaways from this course: 10 Simple Ways to Customise your Wordpress Site.

1 page

A takeaway checklist of items to consider when customising your Wordpress website using CSS.

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Instructor Biography

Nisha Lakhani, Blogger and small business owner sharing the knowledge

I started a music blog in 2009 and have since set up my own freelance business.

Rather than incur the costs of employing a web developer, I decided to invest time in teaching myself the basics of wordpress using various online resources. This enabled me to build both my own wordpress sites from scratch by installing and customising standard wordpress templates to suit my own personality and business.

I've since helped other small businesses navigate their own website customisation, and hope to share the knowledge and skills garnered through my own experience with fellow bloggers and business owners.

I've included a link below to my business blog, Storyboard Music which is based on the template, Modern Portfolio Pro. I made the decision to significantly customise the look and feel of my business web presence to reflect my own style as well as include features and plugins that are relevant to my business and industry.

This will be the main focus of the courses I'll be contributing, along with some other tools I've found useful along the way.

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