Customize Any WordPress Theme With This Simple Trick

Learn how to EASILY customize common parts of your WordPress theme you can't control from the Admin/dashboard area.
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Instructed by Lisa Irby Design / Web Design
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  • Lectures 22
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

NOTE: This course is not for people who use WordPress(dot)com. You must use WordPress with paid hosting so you can access the Editor from the WordPress Appearance menu. Before you sign up, make sure you can see the "Editor" option from the Appearance menu in WordPress.


This is a course that EVERY non-techy WordPress user needs!

Tired of not being able to change your WordPress theme's link and menu colors, text sizes and more? Do you avoid opening your theme's stylesheet because you're afraid you'll break your website's design?

This course is for anyone who uses WordPress and would like to edit parts of their site beyond the default menu options provided in the WordPress admin panel. And don't worry, you don't need to become a programmer to change your theme's styles very easily.

You'll learn how to use a browser trick to adjust your link colors, link styling, blockquote tag, font sizes, add background styles to various sections of your site, select the exact colors you desire, style your bullets with images and more!

In this course, I'll be using the Genesis WordPress theme for illustration purposes. And while it's great if you have this theme, it's not necessary to grasp the lessons since all WordPress themes use CSS to control the theme's design.

And don't worry if you are not a programmer. As you will discover, you don't have to be to do the basics. Editing your theme will be easier than you ever imagined.

If you're tired of not being able to edit basic parts of your WordPress theme design, this course will be a breath of fresh air!

NOTE: This is not a course for learning programming and making drastic changes to your layout (adding another column, etc). It's primarily for smaller edits like menu and link colors, adding additional styling, etc. You will pick up some basic CSS lessons along the way, however.

What are the requirements?

  • Have a WordPress website
  • Install Chrome web browser (free)
  • Students should have a theme installed on their WordPress site (preferably a Genesis theme but not necessary to comprehend the lessons in the course)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Style your paragraphs, bullets, links
  • Customize your header
  • Add/Import Modern Google Fonts
  • Customize the look of your site's menus
  • Change fonts
  • Generate custom colors for your theme
  • Use the Chrome Inspector to make editing easier
  • Add background images to various sections of your theme

What is the target audience?

  • WordPress users who have trouble editing parts of their themes
  • WordPress users who want to learn the very basics of CSS without getting too deep into coding.
  • This course is not for advanced programmers or people who are proficient in CSS

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: About This Course
A brief overview of how the course is going to work and what I use.
Section 2: Setting Up Your Testing Environment

3 testing platform options.

More details about how to use InstantWP.
Section 3: The Stylesheet

What is a stylesheet and why it's important?

Section 4: Inspecting Your Theme Code
Learn how to use the Inspector to spy on your site's code so you can figure out what part of your theme to edit.
Section 5: Styling Your Site Elements and Sections
Learn how to change the size, colors and backgrounds of your header.
How to change the font, size and color of your main menu.
Customizing Your Main Content Area

Learn how to add any Google font to your theme.

Learn the difference between pixels, ems, pts and percentages.
How to modify your link colors and styles.
Learn to create new styles that you can apply to different areas of your site.
How to Add a Background Image to Any Section of Your Site
A warning about changing the sizes of your columns and site wrapper.
Learn how to style the bullets in a list and add an image instead.
How to add some pizazz to your blockquote tag.
Information on what margins and padding means.
Adding a CSS Editor to Individual Posts/Pages
Section 6: Choosing Colors
Tips on choosing a specific color for your links and backgrounds and learn how to create a color scheme.
Section 7: More Tweaks

Create a landing page without a plugin.

Section 8: Wrapping It Up
Going over the main lessons of the course.
How to leave a review.
4 questions

Testing to see if you remember the highlights of the course.

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Instructor Biography

Lisa Irby, Owner of 2 Create a Website & Entrepreneur

I'm a full-time Internet entrepreneur who has taught thousands of people online about website creation and marketing through my site, podcast and YouTube channel.

In 2002, I began educating others to create their own websites and monetize them with AdSense, affiliate marketing and more. In 2006, I quit my full-time job to grow my online business full time.

Since then I have learned to use a lot of different tools and software and have also done consulting part-time for those who want to learn more about website creation and Internet Marketing.

I am ecstatic to broaden my reach to the Udemy community and look forward to teaching even more people online.

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