Editing Wordpress Themes

I would like to learn how to edit wordpress themes. Can you guys direct me to some resources that me learn more about doing this?


Thanks for the starting point.

I’ve seen a couple of books available about wordpress themes and “rockstar wordpress designer” seems to be one of the better ones - though I don’t own it so I can’t vouch for it personally.

Of course you’ll find plenty of online resources with a search for “wordpress theme design” or “wordpress theme design tutorial” too. :slight_smile:



I am currently reading an ebook called Digging Into WordPress. It is a good book if you want to know more about how WP works.

One of the SitePoint Podcast co-hosts is a co-author on a new book called Professional WordPress. It’s about extending WordPress so might be worth a look.

If you just want to tweak something you’ve already installed, you can do it through the file editor:


You run a risk there, because generally you’re working with a live site when you’re using the file editor, but if that isn’t too much of a concern you can start here.

Good luck!

It sounds like you might be a beginner in this topic, I’d advise to download a couple of themes and try out one that you like. Once you have a theme chosen you can add widgits and theme settings to customize your look.Using themes one can make a professional looking site in a short amount of time. Hope that helps.

Best way to learn how to edit them is to learn how to create them first.

The link below will take you to what many people regard as the the best ‘‘build your own theme’’ tutorial out there. If you take the time to go through it, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.


If you prefer to learn with videos, then check out these resources:

YouTube offers an excellent selection of video tutorials, some are professional, of course some are not so much, you just have to week through them and get the ones that help you the most. Best way to learn I would think would be to see the videos


and work on the edits as you go, see, hear, and do

If you really want to get into the spirit you can even download Xampp and install wordpress on your local machine and have it running to make sure everything works the way it is supposed to before it ever gets close to a live server…usually the recommended way to go.

Hi I’m also just starting out with wordpress. Just been trying to find out info on how much of a theme i can change. If it’s a totaly free theme can you change the look by changing the images used etc with no copyright issues. guessing you still need to leave the original theme credits but.

If you have a basic understanding of HTML you can just dive into any theme and start tearing it apart and learning how to edit it. Just use the below URL as a reference for strictly wordpress related things.


Thanks just been looking at that site good reading.

Almost every free and paid template I’ve seen allow you to customize as much as you want, but some do make it easier than others by providing a control panel or allowing you to change some settings without having to edit the php or css files directly.

The above advice of grabbing themes is good. Go into the appearance options and mess around, changing a few things here and there and updating it, to see what happens.

If you know HTML, you can learn basic CSS without too much difficulty, then you’ll be able to edit stuff pretty well.