WordPress is one of the best platforms in the world that helps you build a website or a blog reasonably quickly. It offers a vast diversity of features and tools at your disposal. Some of the features include a plugin architecture and also a template system known more largely as themes.
There are some fantastic plugins and themes you can choose, and the best thing is that they are free for the most part since if you want the ‘Pro’ or ‘Full’ version for some plugins or themes, you’ll have to buy it. With that being said, you can do well even with the freeware; it’s just a matter of learning how to use them to the full extent.
You don’t need to be a website developer or even know how to code to create a site with this platform since it’s that simple to use. The original purpose was to make blogging and site creation available to everyone in the world. However, please don’t mistake this simplicity as a weakness since there are more than 60 Million websites that use it.
WordPress was created to be a blogging system but has developed to support other types of content, including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems (LMS), and online stores.
WordPress is the most popular and most used content management system solutions. It enables you to create a website as compelling as it can be even for a beginner. But in case you have the experience and want to do some of these changes by yourself, you can do that by adding CSS. It’s one of the easiest ways to make significant changes in your site appearance-wise.
However good your theme is, you still may want some slight differences there, which is available through CSS. Being thoroughly satisfied with your website’s appearance goes a long way, and it’s really important.
What is CSS and How it works?
Before continuing to talk about CSS, we have to understand some things about your website. HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the primary language used to create a WordPress site. It tells browsers which part of the text is a header or body paragraph etc. An easy way to check this out is when writing a new post press the text tab in the editor, and the text will appear with its HTML code. There you’ll see the text that you write inside different tags that come from the HTML language. You can directly change those yourself there, which is a lot of work and generally not recommended, or you can use another programming language like CSS to make these changes easy for you.
CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is the style sheet language that modifies the look of your website’s underlying structure. It allows you to assign different properties such as size, color, layout, and display to the HTML tags. It can change the size and color of all the headings on your website using a few CSS code lines without modifying your content’s HTML code. This way, you don’t have to change the values inside the tags manually, but assign one value to a CSS code, and that takes care of everything for you.
They are divided like this to keep the structure and the style separate, which helps you take control of the appearance and easily make changes whenever you want. You can also add and edit the CSS code without knowing HTML even though knowing it does help in the process. For example, you can use a ready-made piece of code that does exactly what you need, and you have to adapt it to your code, and it’s done.
Three methods of Adding CSS in WordPress
We will discuss three different methods of adding CSS in WordPress. All methods comes with their ease and advantages. We will give you details so that you will understand which option is better for you.
Using Theme Customizer
Theme customizer it’s one of the easiest methods of adding CSS to your website. Once installed, it will appear in its own dedicated section of your dashboard.
It doesn’t matter what theme you are using on your site; you can always add and edit CSS with the built-in theme customizer. It’s as easy as navigating to Appearance -> Customize on your Dashboard, Scroll down to the bottom, and there you’ll see Additional CSS.
By clicking that, you will open a built-in tool that allows you to add any CSS code there. It is effortless to use, and you can switch from mobile view to desktop with just a click.
After adding the CSS, click on Publish to save the changes. Now you will see the CSS changes you made on your website.
Using a Plugin
Adding the CSS is with a plugin might be considered one of the easiest methods of doing it. Let’s look at this plugin ‘WP ADD Custom CSS‘ and how simple it is to do that. The plugin allows you to add custom CSS code to the whole website and individual posts, pages, and custom post types.
You can edit the main stylesheet from the ‘Add Custom CSS’ settings page. This plugin creates a brand new “Custom CSS” box in the editing area to add your custom CSS to specific articles, pages, and custom post types.
Using Theme Stylesheet
The style.css is the stylesheet file required for every WordPress theme. It controls the presentation’s visual design and layout of the website pages. You can make the changes here, but that would require a level of experience with this type of stuff before. Remember to back up your work before editing the code there.
You can quickly start doing that by clicking Appearance -> Editor from your WordPress dashboard. From there, you’ll want to open style.css file, which should already be open by default. This is your theme stylesheet and has everything in it for you to change.
You can use the search function to make it easier to find what you are looking on since there’s usually so much code that would overwhelm even the best of us.
The changes you make here affect your theme’s code, which could lead to you doing something unintentional and ruining the theme altogether. That’s why this is not a recommended method of adding CSS for a beginner. It’s not the easiest way to add the CSS code in your website but definitively a powerful method.
While it is essential to find the right theme for your website, having it customizable to your liking is even better. There might be some slight changes that need to happen to take your satisfaction level to the maximum, and this is what CSS brings to the table, in my opinion.
The power to edit and fix even the smallest things makes a huge difference in the site perception. If you, the owner of it, are not 100% satisfied, imagine how the reader will feel about it.
Learning to use CSS in WordPress effectively may take a little time, but it will provide you with unparalleled control over your site’s look and layout.