This page contains information on how to customize your chosen theme to meet your site design plans and functions for the site.

Find the Customize option under the “Appearance” tab.

customize menu screenshot

Video Tutorial about “The Customizer”: 


(2012 theme)


The right side of the customize screen is a preview of the look and feel of your site.  Any changes made to the customization settings on the left will be instantaneously updated in the preview screen on the right. Below are some main customizer settings you can change…

Note: Options for each customization may be different with respect to the theme chosen

Header Image

  • The user can upload their own image from their media library to be placed at the header of every page on the site.  Each theme recommends a different header size that will fit the page the best.
  1. “Twenty-Eleven” — 1000 x 288 pixels
  2. “Twenty-Twelve” — 960 x 250 pixels
  3. “Twenty-Fourteen” — 1260 x 240 pixels

Static Front Page

  • Choose the format of the front page of the site. This page will automatically be labeled as “Home” on the site menu bar.  The user can choose between two options:
  1. Your Latest Posts This option is more blog friendly that will show the user’s most recent postings on the front page of their site.
  2. Static Page This option allows the user to set any page that has already been created as the “front (home) page” for the site. When choosing this option the user can also set a page as the “posts page” usually if the user is still interested in setting up a blog.

Note: If a previously created page is chosen to be the “posts page”, the content on the page will automatically be replaced with the site’s most recent posts.


**Click here to see the list of available widgets**

  • Widgets are very useful in giving pages extra design and/or quick links to other posts or pages of the site.  There are many widgets to choose from so it is recommended that the user look through all the widgets offered and decide which ones will fit their needs the best.
  • There are only certain areas where the widgets can be placed on regular pages (sidebars and footers), however there is no limit on how many widgets the user can put in these areas on their site. Check out Page Builder 2.0 for a less restricted approach to using widgets!
  1. Sidebars — Sidebars are normally positioned on the left or right of the content on the page. Sidebars are often used to display links, menus, or comments.  Depending on the theme of the site, the number of sidebars may vary.
  2. Footers — Footers are positioned toward the bottom of the page underneath the page’s content. Footers are often used to show support links or site info, but they can also be used to extend the length and content of the page.