Customize offers customization options for your currently selected theme. Here you can change site titles, colours, header images, menus, widgets, etc to make the site your own. Note: each theme has a slightly different set of options. The screenshots below are for the Twenty Fifteen theme.
You can access customizer from Appearance > Customize.
Please note, the Customize Screen is only available if the active theme supports a Customize ability and it will likely be different for each Theme.
The Theme Customizer allows you to preview changes to your site before publishing them. You can also navigate to different pages on your site to preview them. At the bottom of the Customizer pane, you can find Device Preview Buttons that shows how your site looks in mobile, tablet, and desktop contexts.
Device Preview Buttons
Site Identity menu allows you to specify basic site information. You can customize your site identity by adding a logo, change the name/title of your site, tag line, and adding a site icon.
You can upload your own image header to personalize the look and feel of your site.
Note: Pay attention to the standard size for header image.
How to add a header image:
Once you add a header image you will get some more options:
How to add a background image
Select an optional background image to use in place of the solid colour specified in Colours above.
Once you add a background image you will get some more options:
A widget is a small block that appears across your site and displays information. You can add these widgets in sidebars the area on your site. It is a great way to customize your sidebars. Your theme may come with some default widgets or varying sidebars.
Widgets can be removed, reordered or added as needed. The text widget is particularly powerful as it allows you to add custom text, images, HTML, or embedded content to your site.
To add your email into a text widget, copy and paste the below code into the widget description and edit the bolded text with your information:
<a href="http://mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" title="Email Sandy" target="_blank">Email Sandy</a>
To add a link to a web site, copy and paste the below code into the widget description and edit the bolded text:
<a href="http://www.royalroads.ca" title="Royal Roads Web Site" target="_blank">Road Roads Web Site</a>
Below is what the text widget will look like, click Save to save your changes.
Go to your site and look for the links in the sidebar or footer, this will depend on where you have put your widget. See example below:
The above links will open in a new browser window.
To link to internal pages on your site and open the page in the same window, remove target="_blank" from the link:
<a href="" title="Projects" target="_blank">Projects</a>
<a href="https://webspace.royalroads.ca/sandy/projects" title="Projects">Projects</a>.
Menus are used to create the navigation on your site. Menus often contain links to pages or posts on your site. It is usually used as the main navigation for your site. When you edit the menu for the first time, do not forget to hit both the ‘Create Menu’ button, then ‘Manage Locations’ to set your menu as the primary menu for the site.
How to create a menu:
Your website can have a dynamic blog-like front page, or a static front page which is used to show customized content.
By default, WordPress uses the first option by showing your most recent posts on the front page. Some users prefer the second option which is also known as a “splash page” or a “custom home page”.
This feature is particularly useful for websites that want to keep a blog separate from other sections of their website or for users who want to showcase content other than blog posts on the front page of their website. Static front page is basically a traditional static HTML site model with a fixed front page and content placed in Pages, rarely if ever using posts.
You site's home page can either contain your latest posts or display a static page or post.
To set up a static page go to Setting>Readings (please note you will have to first create a post and a page)