WordPress Appearance Editor
Using the Appearance Editor in WordPress
Once you explored all the available options you have to set up and customize your WordPress Theme you can use the Appearance Editor to make further modifications.
In the Appearance Editor Screen you can see all the various files that allow your Theme to function. WordPress Themes are a collection of files that provide the various functions and formatting that you see when you view your WordPress site in a browser. Theme for theme the number and naming of the files included will vary. Some are very minimal others can have numerous files.
If you choose to edit your theme files you want to be very careful. The one thing you will notice is that there is no undo button. Any change you make and save will be applied immediately.
The list of files you see to the right are PHP Files and CSS Files. If you don’t know what this means then you should probably stay out of this screen. Code formatting can be very touchy, on character out of place or missing will produce that notorious White Screen of Death.
If you do know php code you will notice what options you have and start to gain an idea on how the Theme was put together. No two Themes are programmed the same but once you are comfortable with what you see you can begin to make changes and modifications.
If you don’t know php but are familiar with css code you can make changes and additions to the css files and depending on your Theme there may be more than one css file. Most responsive themes have more than just one css file.
Now that you have logged in to your WordPress site and reviewed the Appearance Editor what do you do next?