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
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

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: WordPress Theme Customization

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


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.

Section 2: Basic WordPress Theme Customization

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.


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.


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.

Section 3: WordPress Themes: Working With Custom Content Layout

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


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.

Section 4: WordPress Theme and Content Customization for Mobile Application & Course Wrapup

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.

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Instructor Biography

John Westbrook, 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.

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