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Customizing a WordPress theme is very easy. It requires some basic html or CSS skills. In previous tutorial I showed how to install a free WordPress theme. In this tutorial I will show  how to customize a Basic WordPress Theme from customize menu.

In this tutorial I used a very basic WordPress theme “Twenty Twelve”.

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Now I am going to customize the theme and make it look different.

01. From WordPress dashboard go to Appearance -> Themes.

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02. Now click on customize

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03. Now you can change the tagline and website’s title from “Site Title” and “Tagline” option.

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04. Now go to Appearance -> Header to change the head color, header text and header image. After selecting the header image click on upload. I am adding a sample header image.

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05. Now go to Appearance -> Menu to change the menu settings. You can add any of your posts, tag, categories to the menus. Save changes to show the menus on the website.

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06. To change the side bar or add any widgets to the sidebar go to Appearance -> Widgets. Now you can add or edit items to the site bar. Note that you can show several plugins on the sidebars by installing different plugins.

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07. Now go to your homepage to verify the changes.

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This is how you can customize a basic WordPress theme from customize menu.  In the next tutorial I will show how to customize more using the editor.


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