How to Change Colors on Your WordPress Website in One Click
You wake up one morning, excited about the new design you’ve created for your blog. You log on to check it, only to discover that the color on your text and backgrounds are different than what you intended. Panic begins to set in, and you begin to search for a solution.
You’ve looked at countless articles offering various ways to change the color on your site, but none of the methods seem to work for you. Frustrated, you begin to question whether or not changing the color of your site is even possible.
Don’t Worry, It’s Still Viable
According to WordPress, it is still possible to change the overall colors of a WordPress site. This is because the site’s design elements are stored in a separate file called ‘style.css’ which can be edited separately from the ‘body’ of the site. This means that even if you go a different route than the one you intended using, there is still hope for you to change back. It’s just a matter of figuring out how.
The first thing you should do is to backup your site in case something goes wrong. You can also take this opportunity to run some tests on your site to make sure everything is functioning as expected. If you’re feeling confident enough, you can try out a few new techniques and see if they work for you or if you have to go back to what you know best. If not, you’ll have to find a new way to achieve your desired results.
The Easiest Way To Change The Overall Colors Of A WordPress Site
The easiest way to change the colors on your WordPress site is to use a plugin called ‘Colorful’ which is absolutely free. Simply install this plugin, click on the ‘Settings’ tab, and change the colors to your liking. This tab is the same one you’d visit to change the overall theme or design of your site. It allows you to select a custom color for the header and footer, as well as toggle visibility of images in the header and footer.
There are many benefits to using a plugin to change the colors on your site. First, it saves you the time it would take to manually change the colors. Second, many plugins contain handy tools such as a color picker which make it easy for you to change the colors of individual elements on your site. Finally, some plugins provide a more flexible solution than simply changing the colors of your site (e.g., ‘Display All Posts’ which I’ll cover later in this tutorial).
Use A CSS Preprocessor To Easily Change The Colors Of Your Site
A great alternative to changing the colors of your site manually is to use a CSS preprocessor. Preprocessed CSS is commonly referred to as ‘CSS templates’ because they usually contain all of the design elements your site needs in the form of a fully functioning web template. All you need to do is download the template, and you’re good to go.
There are many CSS preprocessors available, but of the popular ones, I prefer using Sass because it is beginner-friendly and has a wonderful community supporting it. If you’re new to CSS, you might want to consider using Sass for your next project because it can make your life a lot easier and more enjoyable. Like with many other tools, you can download Sass for free from the Ruby on Rails web site, and I’d recommend doing so.
To change the colors of your site with a Sass-based template, you need to follow a few simple steps. First, navigate to the template’s root folder in your computer’s file system. This is usually the ‘sass’ folder in the root of your Rails project directory or the ‘css’ folder in the root of your WordPress project directory. Second, open the ‘style.scss’ file in a text editor such as Sublime Text.
Each line of CSS in the ‘style.scss’ file will be processed and interpreted by Sass before being used by your website. Third, find the line which starts with ‘@font-face’ and set the color using the HEX code or RGB code.
Let’s say you wanted to use the theme ‘Forestry’, which is designed by StudioPress and is free to download. To change the colors of your site to match the theme, you would follow these steps:
- Navigate to the ‘Forestry’ folder in your computer’s file system.
- Open the ‘style.scss’ file in a text editor such as Sublime Text.
- Locate the line which starts with ‘@font-face’ and set the color to #009688 using the HEX code or #FF00FF using the RGB code.
- Save the file and refresh the page on your site.
- Visit StudioPress to view the demo of the theme.
- If you’re still having trouble changing the colors of your site to match the theme, try a different approach.
As you can see, this is an extremely simple process which allows you to change the colors of your site quickly and easily. All you need is a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, which you can learn easily enough from tutorials like this one or any of the many others available online.
Manual Color Charts Are A Pain To Keep Up With
Although the process of changing the colors of your site manually is simple, it can be extremely tedious to keep up with as you develop your site. For example, if you use a color picker such as HEX or CMYK to select a new color, you’ll need to go back to the color picker each time you want to change the color of an element on your site. This is because the element’s color is defined in terms of the RGB or HEX code and not the actual color itself.
If you use a plugin to change the colors of your site, this process is saved for you. As soon as you activate the plugin, the element’s color will be changed, and you won’t have to worry about going back to the color picker to change it again. For this reason, I highly recommend using a plugin to change the colors on your site unless you’re absolutely positive you’ll never need to change the color again.
As a side note, many commercial grade plugins contain additional features which make it worthwhile to use them. Some examples include advanced image tools, featured article tools, and all-in-one SEO packages. Don’t hesitate to consider buying a premium plugin to get the best result from your site.
Use Shortcode To Make Changes In A More Manageable Manner
If you want to add a background image to the element, use the [background] shortcode. This particular shortcode takes a URL or an option for a background image as its argument. To change the background image of the element to a different one, simply replace the rainbow or background URL or images with your new choices.
Use A Different Approach If You’re Still Having Trouble
Finally, if none of the above methods seem to work for you, you can always try a different approach. A great way to do this is to look at other people’s successful projects. You can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes (and their successes) which will save you a lot of time in the long run. Don’t be discouraged if the above methods don’t work for you. Simply search for “ways to change text color on a website” or “ways to change background color on a website” and you’ll see that many different solutions exist. This is because there are many different ways to achieve a certain goal, and sometimes it just takes a bit of experimenting to find the right solution for you.