How To Edit Your WordPress Theme

Posted By on Oct 13, 2007 | 12 comments

In this video I cover how to make some very basic changes to your WordPress theme.

In the first section I open up the stylesheet and change a couple formatting colors. And in the second section I open up the single.php file and show you how to add simple snippets of code that you would like to show up at the bottom of each post.

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If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

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  1. This is an excellent learning video. Very clear, easy to follow, and gives you the confidence to start working with code and realize it’s fairly intuitive (not something I say about computers very often). I appreciate most the feeling of independence from managing my own blog’s appearance.
    It would be great to see more of these. Some topic suggestions: How to get the RSS button on the page with the appearance and location you choose ; How to manipulate the sidebar widgets ; How to display the tagline under the blog title in the header bar ; How to remove the ‘If You’re New… RSS Feed’ box that displays when new visitors log on ; How to create a sitemap for users, and have the number of posts in each category displayed in brackets beside the category name on the Home page; How to …I’ll stop there. This list should keep you busy for awhile.
    Teaching people to do things online is the future of the Internet. And they will love you for it.

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  2. The video tutorials are awesome! I’ll go along with Christine on this one: How to manipulate the sidebar widgets.

    I’ll look around before I ask for stuff that may already be here. This is a great resource! May I share this place with others who I think would benefit?

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  3. Very nice video. It’s really nice to see tha you took the time, and made life easier for the rest of us. it would be nice to see a better explanation on how to affect the graphical (boxes/pictues/borders) on a WP theme. I have a background working with GoLive, DreamWeaver, Photoshop to design sites and HTML is really confusing to someone used to a graphical interfase. Perhaps you can illustrate how to make a theme using one of these tools?

    Linus made a good attempt at doing this here.

    however, it falls short. Maybe a video guide would get us noobies farther along…



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    • Hi Ed, unfortunately I’m wouldn’t be the best person to ask, since I’m not a theme designer, just a techie who likes setting up blogs. I can tweak themes and customize them to my needs, but I don’t design them from scratch.

      To use an analogy from the world of cars, I’m like a mechanic and a theme designer would be more like a body shop. We both work on cars, but completely different skill sets.

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  4. Hi!
    Your instructional videos are just great and enable an ignoramus like me to work through with confidence. Whilst trying to register my sitemap at Google I’ve become stuck installing the Meta Tag – I read all about Tags, but the patterns seem to be different. Maybe you could add the Meta Tag installation to your Tag instructions?
    Your explanations are very clear and easy to follow. Thank you very much!

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  5. I love your videos, but am having trouble with the one above because in my WordPress blog there is not a presentation tab. Please help. Thanks.

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    • Hi Kim, this is an older video and WordPress has had several updates since then. The Presentation tab is now the Appearance tab.

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  6. Thanks, Shawn. There is now not a theme editor tab, so where do I go? Thanks for the help.

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    • Under the Appearance tab, there should be a link titled “Editor”. This is where you can edit your theme’s files.

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  7. Hi, I wondered how to upload images to your themes appearance. I want to add a background image or colour as a bar at the back of my sites navigation.

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    • Adding a background image or color can be accomplished by editing your css in your theme’s stylesheet (style.css). In the navigation section, you would look for something like this:

      background: #F5F5F5;

      You can change the hexadecimal color code to whatever you like. For resources on colors, see here:

      To add a background, the format would be something like this:

      background: url(“”) repeat-x;

      For resources on learning about css backgrounds, see here:

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  8. heyy your videos are awsome, thanks for sharing 🙂

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