WordPress Theme Customization 101 (for beginners)
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WordPress Theme Customization 101 (for beginners)

Beginner's guide to customizing a WordPress theme for a basic site. Real-world "over my shoulder" Training #1
4.7 (44 ratings)
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330 students enrolled
Created by John Westbrook
Last updated 6/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Customize any WordPress Theme
  • Have a basic understanding of themes and how they interact with WordPress
  • Understand how to find a "starter" theme to use in your site and customization
  • Easily perform basic WordPress Theme customizations
  • Easily identify what elements of a theme need to be tweaked or customized
  • Have a basic understanding of how to perform simple Theme edits on any WordPress Theme, beyond the customization section
  • Perform basic changes and tweaks to any WordPress Theme's files or CSS file
  • Perform basic updates or changes to any visual element of a WordPress Theme
View Curriculum
  • How to setup a basic WordPress install or site
  • Have a basic and/or beginner understanding of WordPress
  • How to get around the WordPress Dashboard

WordPress Theme Customization 101 is a beginner's course to more advanced WordPress customization and changes.

This is the first of a series of "watch over my shoulder" style advanced WordPress theme customization training courses, where you get to follow along as I walk you through the exact process to perform specific and varied customizations on real-world websites that either I own/have created or have customized for clients.

In this first "101" course, I walk you through a very basic WordPress Theme Customization which involves a website I did for a client.

The first part of this course covers WordPress Theme basics and understandings so you have a good grip on how themes and WordPress work together with content, plugins, etc.

After this basic understanding foundation is laid, I walk through the entire process, from a fresh install of WordPress with no customizations, to a finished site...covering everything along the way from identifying what we wanted the site to look like, functionality desired, etc...all the way through to a finished site that accomplishes the goals and made my client very happy.

Besides the built-in theme customization changes we walk through, I also cover very simple and basic Theme editing, plugin usage, management, and content layout fixes/functionality...as well as making the site "beyond responsive" where it is able to detect the type of device accessing it and deliver customized content.

Again, this is the 101 course, the very first in a series of more advanced WordPress training courses aimed at the Beginner to Intermediate WordPress user.

I ease you into the advanced customization so you're not overwhelmed and can easily get a grasp of each new lesson, theory, principle and step we are performing along the way.

My goal is to help you achieve a comfortable understanding of customizing WordPress themes to your liking and needs, so you can easily setup and customize your WordPress site to look, function, and perform exactly according to your desires, goals and needs.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants an easy to follow course on WordPress Theme Customization Basics
  • WordPress Beginners
  • WordPress Users
  • Anyone Wanting to Customize WordPress Themes
  • Anyone Wanting to Begin Working With WordPress Theme Customization
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
1 Lecture 08:16
WordPress Theme Customization
2 Lectures 20:26

A precursor and brief basic explanation and understanding of how WordPress works with Themes, plugins, content, etc.

Preview 08:17

Begin with identifying the project, the look, feel, functionality of what we want from the site. I show the finished project that we will be getting to and then we go to a basic install and begin the walk through. Understanding the goals and getting prepped to accomplish them.

The Project & Initial Prep
Basic WordPress Theme Customization
3 Lectures 48:29

In this video I walk through the process of finding a theme that closely matches your desired needs...look and function...testing, previewing, installing, and initial customization.

Finding a Base Theme to Build On & Initial Cusomizing

In this video we continue with customizing the theme we chose, how to identify the theme elements we need to edit, begin to do some very basic & easy theme editing.

Continued Customization & Basic Theme Editing

Continue the theme customizations, built in and advanced, apply tweaks and fixes, basic understanding of page templates, menu changes and changing elements of the theme like bar visibility and behavior.

Further Customization of Theme Elements
WordPress Themes: Working With Custom Content Layout
2 Lectures 20:36

Continue with basic and advanced customizations, utilize plugins to work with theme and get content to appear as desired, basics of using Page Builder

Continue Customizations & Making Content Appear as Desired

Further working with Page Builder and additional plugins with the selected Theme to get content looking exactly how we want and functioning correctly as well as some bonus learning stuff.

Making Content Look Good and Fit Needs - Continued
WordPress Theme and Content Customization for Mobile Application & Course Wrapup
1 Lecture 17:12

We use a plugin and some basic changes within content to make the theme work best for all devices, mobile and desktop. Course wrap up and final thoughts.

Making Theme Mobile Optimized & Wrap Up
About the Instructor
John Westbrook
4.5 Average rating
1,232 Reviews
32,723 Students
8 Courses
Poet, Writer, Consultant

I'm a poet and a writer, and truly an artist at heart. I've always had a knack for figuring out technical things however, and have held several jobs as a technology consultant.

Since 2009 I've run a consulting firm in Chattanooga TN helping small businesses implement and leverage technology and the web. In 2005 I became involved in Internet Marketing, successfully starting several websites and blogs since.

I'm highly experienced in Wordpress, PHP, HTML, and Linux Server implementations. I also have experience and a broad understanding of CSS, JavaScript, and most web based technologies being used today.

My expertise in consulting and technology is teaching and helping the beginner.