I’ve Changed & Customised My Website Theme!

I have decided to change and customise my website theme. Beautiful though it is, the default WordPress Twenty Nineteen theme, which I have been using for quite a while now, has now been relegated to my backup theme.

I am now using the Chaplin theme by Anders Norén. It is a well constructed theme with some great customisation options available in the Customiser.

Site Identity

The great thing about this section of the Customiser, apart from the usual facility to choose your own site title and tagline, is that you have the option to hide them, if you so wish. This is useful if you want to use the cover template (more about that later!) and place your site title and tagline elsewhere on the page. You also have the opportunity, if you use a logo, to scale it to half of its uploaded size, in order to make it appear sharp on high resolution screens. As usual, you also have the option to upload a site icon for use in browser tabs, bookmark/favourite bars and WordPress mobile apps.

Colours

This section enables you to choose your own colours for background, accent, text, headings, buttons and borders.

Colour Schemes

You can also choose a predetermined colour scheme, which, when used, will update the settings in “Colours”. This is useful if you want colours which complement each other and takes all the guesswork out of the process.

Fonts

Here you can choose which fonts you want for your body and headings, along with the weight, case and letter spacing for your headings. The Chaplin theme supports all Google and web safe fonts. You also have the ability to choose fonts for use in other languages. However, you need to check whether a specific font supports your language.

Images

In this section you can opt to use low resolution images, which, as well as decreasing load times, will, unfortunately, also make images appear less sharp on high resolution screens. You also have the option to select an image, which will be used as a fallback, if a post has no featured image.

Site Header

This section enables you to customise your site header by sticking it to the top of the window, if you want, disabling the search button or displaying a normal menu instead of the search and menu toggles. These are three great options to have, depending on your type of website.

Posts

Here you can choose your post meta for single posts as well as whether you want to show related posts at the bottom of them. You can also choose your pagination type, number of columns, aspect ratio of featured images and post meta on post archives, as well as whether to display the archive heading on the blog page and whether to display excerpts on post previews.

Cover Template

In this section you can choose settings for the “Cover Template” page template, such as the image overlay background colour, image overlay text colour, image overlay blend mode and image overlay opacity. You also have the option to create a parallax effect and fade out text on scrolling.

Background Image

Here you can choose a background image, if you want.

Menus

This section enables you to display menus at the top, bottom or social menu area of your site.

Widgets

Here you can choose widgets to appear on the left and right side at the bottom of your site.

Homepage Settings

This section enables you to choose, as usual, what to display on your website’s homepage. You can choose to display your blog posts or a static page.

Additional CSS

Here you can add your own CSS code to customise the appearance and layout of your site. The beauty of using this section of the Customiser is that your customisations will not be affected by any theme updates.

Conclusion

I really like my new theme. If you are reading this, you are no doubt on my site and will be able to see for yourself how I have customised it. Hopefully, this will give you some inspiration to play around with this great theme!

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