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Customise Default TwentyTen WordPress Theme


  • We're looking at how to customise the look and feel of TwentyTen
  • TwentyTen is the default theme or template, that comes with your Wordpress installation
  • Go into your wordpress dash board, scroll down the left hand side to an option called Appearance
  • If it isn't expanded, expand it with the little arrow to the right of the word 'Appearance'
  • Click the Themes option
  • If you look at themes you'll see the Current Theme is TwentyTen. There is an option to install new themes, but we'll cover that later
  • Now, look at the Background, fourth button down in the Appearance list
  • In the Background control page, play with the Display Options and hit the Select a Colour button
  • Click the outer ring to get a general colour then different gradients of that colour in the square.
  • Experiment and play. You can note the colour code of colours to come back to them later if you wish
  • Select one and when content, click Save Changes button
  • Now view your main page and click refresh to bring up the colour change you made
  • If you wish you can add a background image that repeats (handy for logos /patterns or other symbols)
  • Go to the Background section, and click Browse button to locate the image
  • When selected, click Open, then Upload
  • When uploaded, it should show you what it looks like on the page
  • Go back to your website page, and hit refresh to view how it looks on your site
  • You can find clip art at clipartof.com or iStockphoto.com, where you can buy images for commercial use for low prices
  • For non-commerical use there are other options.
  • Experiment with different options until you find one you particularly like
  • Click Header, under the Appearance list on the left
  • There are different options below you can choose, click the box beside the sample image and hit Save Changes
  • Refresh your website page to view the change
  • You can also create and upload your own image, of the stated dimensions, from Photoshop, Paint.net or MS Paint, or other image software
  • Many use a variation on their logo or their colours for the Header
  • This is a very handy way of changing the feel of the site without having to change to theme, or make theme more unique and your own
  • The other option is you can just remove the Header altogether. Just click Remove Header Image and click Save Changes
  • Feel free to play and experiment with all of these options until you achieve something you're happy with

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