Customize WordPress Settings

When you are starting to build your website you will want to get the basic settings in the system before you get too far into it.
wordpress customize walkthrough

Your WordPress “Customize” settings are a basic and important part to website design.

This will control a lot of different features for your website. We are going to do a quick run through on the settings and what you need to know.

In order to get started you will need to get to the “Customize” panel. You can do that by hovering over the Appearance tab in the dashboard and click on “Customize” in the drop-down.

When you go to your WordPress Dashboard “Customize”, you will land on a page with some different options. You need to go to the “Site Identity” tab.

Site Identity WordPress Customize

****DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!****

Inside of the “Customizing Site Identity” panel you will have a few options.

The first option you will see is the “Logo” field.

If you’re not sure about logo design this blog post may help.

When it comes to the size of the logo for your website header it can vary depending on if you are using a rectangle or square/circle logo.

The first (rectangle) I normally upload at a width of 320px. When you upload your logo it will give you an option to “crop” the image. I upload the proper size of my .png file so I normally “skip cropping”.

After you upload your logo you will see a second box appear for your (retina) logo. This needs to be double the size of the first logo you uploaded (ex. 640px)

If you are going to use a square or circle logo I normally upload at 256 X 256 pixels and then the retina will be at 512 x 512 pixels.

The next thing is the “Site Title” which is the name of your brand or business.

After you enter that, you need to enter your “Tagline“.

The last thing you will be doing is uploading your “Site Icon”. This is uploaded at 512 x 512 pixels.

Site Icons are what you see in browser tabs, bookmark bars, and within the WordPress mobile apps. This is also going to be your website “Favicon”.

After you finish with the “Site Identity” settings, be safe and click on “Publish”, then the next section is “Layout”. There is nothing you need to touch here.

So the next step is to go into the “Colors” panel. I normally only change one setting. Background Color. I almost always set this to white (#ffffff). If you want to change the default colors for anything else (font, links, etc) you will change that here.

***Don’t forget to “Publish” after you finish inside of each of the panels so you don’t lose any of your settings ***

The next section is “Typography”. This is where you will select the font settings for what you will use throughout your website.

After those panels, we are done. There are other options but for what we are going to be doing we will not need to do anything else.

Be sure that you have published your settings and you are good to go! You’ve finished the Customize WordPress settings.

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