Wordpress Theme Customisation for Beginners
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Wordpress Theme Customisation for Beginners

10 simple changes you can make to customise off-the-shelf Wordpress themes and make your website stand out.
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Created by Nisha Lakhani
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • A wordpress website with administrator access
  • Google Chrome web browser
  • An internet connection

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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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.
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
Pre-course mini-quiz
0 Lectures 00:00

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.

Pre-course mini-quiz
5 questions
Before we get started
3 Lectures 09:35

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

Preview 02:28

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

Preview 03:44

Learn how to install the WordPress Jetpack plugin.

Preview 03:23
1. CSS Colours
3 Lectures 11:05

Learn about some fantastic online resources for colour selection.

Preview 02:04

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

Which colour?

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

Customising with colour
2. CSS Fonts
4 Lectures 08:41

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

Google Fonts and font selection

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

Installing a font using plugins

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

Installing a font using your child theme

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

Customising with fonts
3. CSS Headings
3 Lectures 08:56

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

Heading sizes

Make your headings stand out by changing heading colours.

Heading Colours

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

Heading Styles
4. CSS Links
4 Lectures 09:15

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

Link Backgrounds

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

Link Colours

Add contrast with style and colour changes on hover.

Link Styles & Hover Properties

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

Link Buttons
5. CSS Images
3 Lectures 04:23

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

Image selector

Change image style properties including border radius and image shadows.

Image Styles

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

Image Opacity & Hover
6. CSS Spacing
3 Lectures 06:15

Understand the difference between margin and padding.

Margins vs Padding
8 pages

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

Order of Specification
10 pages

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

Example Usages
7. CSS Blockquotes
2 Lectures 11:20

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

Style & Differentiate
15 pages

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.

Borders, Backgrounds, Colours & Text Decoration
8. CSS Lists
3 Lectures 07:09

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

Creating HTML Lists

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

Styling Ordered Lists

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

Styling Unordered Lists
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About the Instructor
Nisha Lakhani
3.2 Average rating
24 Reviews
1,866 Students
3 Courses
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.