Have you ever wished you could customize your blog’s theme or template? Have you ever had the thought of changing your blogs’ font style, font size and or theme colour? Then I am sure you’re going to love this post.
Well, I was going to publish this post some few days back, but my phone and laptop got stolen. It got stolen due to my carelessness.
So publishing any post or replying to comments was almost impossible at that hellish time. But thank God, I have bought me a brand new laptop and trying to come back on track… Now back to the topic of discussion 🙂
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Some days back, a friend was trying to change the structure and color of his blog. He tried but couldn’t achieve what he wanted to do with his blog.
So he came to me and asked how is it possible for a blogger who do not know much about coding to customize his or her blog. I told him, as long as you have the idea of what you want to do and you are smart, changing some few things on your blog won’t be a big deal.
Today, we are going to discuss 4(four) tools that will definitely help you to customize your blog.
Remember that the tools I am about to share with you is only limited based on what you can actually do with it… what I am trying to say is, the limit of these tools are – unlimited 😉
4 Tools for Customizing WordPress Themes and Blogger Template
Without wasting much of our time, let me rush right to my top 4 tools for customizing all kind of WordPress themes and Blogger templates.
The first on my list is none other than;
Firebug is a Firefox add-on made for developers.
I love Firebug because it helps you edit your CSS, HTML of your blog seamlessly. And allow you to find the real code to edit.
Just open the blog you want to edit – open your Firebug and locate where you’d love to edit. Feels simple right?
Guest what? With all the good things this gem can do, Firebug is still 100% free
According to Lynda.com – Adobe Dreamweaver is an application used by web designers and developers to create websites and applications for use across multiple targets – including browsers, devices, and tablets.
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Dreamweaver has the power to edit any blogs’ theme without stress, but as long as you have the knowledge of little coding and also, if you know your way around dream weaver.
According to its developer – Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server.
Okay, here is the thing – Many bloggers test their plugins, edit their blogs themes/templates live on their blog. and to be honest with you, that’s bad, why? Simply because you have traffic coming in your blog so it would be bad for them (your traffic) to see your blog messed up.
With the instantWP, you can edit your blog theme or test any plugins using your pc before it goes live on your blog. That way, you won’t irritate your readers when editing your blog 🙂
Forefox developer edition
I had to add this new innovation from Mozilla Firefox, why? This browser is built specifically for developers, so imaging the wide functionality it would have.
According to its developers – Firefox Developer Edition brings your core dev tools together with some powerful new ones that will extend your ability to work across multiple platforms from one place. It’s everything you’re used to, only better.
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Don’t worry, because this Firefox is light weight and doesn’t crash as the normal Firefox does
I know that there are still some awesome tools and software or even plugin out there that can help you edit your blog without stress. But I selected these four because I have used them all and they are working wonders.
Back to You
It looks like I have said so much about so much, now it’s time to pass the keyboard to you.
Do you have any other tool that has helped you in editing your theme? Then do drop your comment using the comment box below.
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27 thoughts on “4 Tools for Customizing WordPress Themes and Blogger Template”
Very nice tutorial at 4 tools for customizing WordPress themes and blogger template.I check to out all tools which you explain in this post .It’s very useful.Thanks for posting.
Glad you liked the post enough to make a comment. I do appreciate the comment 🙂
Do have a wonderful weekend start…
Sorry to hear about your phone and laptop being stolen, but if we look at things positively – perhaps the person who took it needed it, and that gave you a chance to get new ones, so cheer up 🙂
Coming to the post, I think you know me! I’d love to customize themes, and have done a little tweaking with the older ones, but I have never done that work – my better half is good in that, and how he does it, I never know! I just see the end result, and he keeps tweaking it to perfection till he gets a ‘YES’ from me…lol…so I am actually saved of all these sites and the trouble. But informative post for those who are into it of course.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
I am not worried about the laptop or the phone but the files, documents and contacts on the phone. But as you said, maybe he needs it more than me 🙂 .
Your better half is doing a good job so far…. but I’d advise you to try and learn how to take care of some little codes in case of emergency.
Thank you so much for stopping by and dropping your comment. Do have a lovely weekend and a blessed Easter celebration.
I am aware with the firebug and Dreamweaver but not with the others. One thing i most like in this post is that i was also changing designs and other things on live blog but now i will never do it. I like to test Instant WP Tool to leave this BAD habit.
Thanks for updating my knowledge with another 2 customization tools!
Good to know that you find the post interesting enough 🙂
I am sure that you are going to love the instant WP when you try them out. It will come in handy when testing a new theme or plugin or even doing hand coding…
Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. I do Appreciate.
Have a best week ahead…
Changing third party template from blogger default does affect SEO of my blog? I would like to change default template of my blog to thirty party template. is it good practice or not?
Yes, some templates are not well optimize, so it kills your seo efforts when you use such templates… I’ll always to run a background check on templates before using them on your blog.
Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment. Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve been here. Sorry to hear what happened to your phone and laptop. I know you felt pretty naked without them. I was without my phone for 2 weeks because it feel and I broke the LCD chip.
But anyways, this is a great list of tools you have. I’ve done a little programming on my blog in CSS on my old themes. I haven’t done any programming since I installed Genesis, but it’s good to know just in case you can make those extra changes which goes beyond the visible controls on a theme.
I’ve never heard of these tools, but it sounds like it’ll make life easier when it comes to programming and manipulating the look of your theme. Thanks for sharing Babanature! You have a good one!
It’s indeed been a while… 🙂
The Laptop and my phone this weigh me down when it got stolen because of the information and documents i had in it. I have bought me a new one but still trying to recover the phone numbers and documents i have lost in my previous one 🙂
The above listed tools are going to help you greatly if tried… it helps in doing a background customization without your blog readers knowing. and i feel that that’s awesome.
I do appreciate you stopping by today and hope to see you again.
Do have a lovely weekend…
I think I needed to read this one because I’m going to be changing themes soon and I have a lot of things coded on mine right now. It won’t be a smooth transaction I’m sure but will the Instant WP program work for that? If so then I definitely need to get that one.
I’ve heard about if from Lisa Irby but was thinking it was just an easier way for people to work in WordPress and didn’t realize I guess you could use it for that. I never unloaded it which is why I ask.
Thanks for these tips and so glad I stopped by. You have a great weekend.
Hello Adrienne, good to have you back here 🙂
Instant wp allows you to test and or edit plugin, themes or even hand codes in a local wordpress machine which the instant wp creates in your computer.
The admin panel is exactly as the real WP Admin panel, so you won’t have difficulty configuring anything. You can even access any changes you must have done in the control panel through the front page or in-post.
Trust me You’ll enjoy using this awesome tool… And to top it all, it works quite well with firebug 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment. Have a lovely week…
Happy being to your blog once again. I’ve missed a lot all this while looking for a hidden way to make two ends meet.
Actually, I landed at blogger platform bro, not happy though and wishing to return to wordpress soon.
I really love this post as it’ll help me in customizing my theme later. Have a nice weekend bro.
I really love your way; simplicity…..
Okay… welcome back to onenaijablog, its good to have you back 🙂
Having a blog on blogger has it own advantage, so i wouldn’t say it’s a bad choice.
I am sure that you are going to find the tools shared here very useful when the need arises.
Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment.
Do have a blessed week ahead… 🙂
Excellent article. One really crassy hack and possibly quicker way of doing this would be to use SiteGrinder (A plugin for photoshop) that apparently lets you convert PSD files to WP themes.
Thanks for dropping your contribution, it’s indeed appreciated.
Do have a lovely weekend ahead… 🙂
Yikes how does one go about losing their phone and laptop? I would be furious! So sorry to hear this and I do hope that you did indeed get them back.
As for this article you shared here with these 4 tools for customizing WordPress Themes you have lost me.. LOL
I do try my best but I am very challenged with all this techy stuff, but I do try my best and I am always willing to listen and learn.
Thanks for sharing… Chery :))
The full story on how my phone and laptop got stolen was a funny one. But thank God, i have a new laptop now and i am still trying to get back on track 🙂
The tools mentioned here are easy too use and a non-techie can use the 4 tools without complications.
Soon i will be dropping tutorials on how to use all of the above mentioned tools, so you can fully understand how easy they are :).
Thank for stopping by and dropping a comment, it is appreciated.
Do have a beautiful week ahead…
Customizing the standard WP theme is a great idea to make your blog look unique. And the tools you shared are really awesome for doing that.
I personally knew about Dreamweaver, but the other three are new to me.
Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!
Dreamweaver is a popular developer tool that is well known… i am sure that you’re going to find the other tools awesome when you check em out.
Thank you for stopping by and dropping your thought. it is appreciated.
Well I did used all the tools you’ve listed above except “Forefox developer edition” which seems kinda cool I guess. I’ve been trying to learn more about wordpress customization and other tweaks and the post is really helpful for the same.
Really, the FireFox for developer is a nice browser with awesome built-in tools that you’re going to find rewarding and efficient.
for the comment and do have a wonderful weekend
pls can i get your number? i mean phone number so i can talk to you one on one. am Ebiere from bayelsa state an ICT Consultant (just starting up). Send your number to my mail: ***. thanks alot. u have so much good post.
You can simply get my phone number through my “about me” page or through my “advert” page.
Hope that that’s helpful?
Have a blessed week
Well firebug is my favorite tool among all of the listed ones. I guess I’ve been working hard to learn about creating custom plugins and themes.
Dreamviewer is also a great tool
Yeah, fire bug is a nice tool that can do wonders if used well 🙂
I haven’t used Dreamviwer before or heard the name, or do you mean dreamweaver?
Thanks for the comment. i really do appreciate it.
Have a blissful day ahead
You can also customize theme using inspect element in chrome ! However there are 1000 of themes avalable which you can use instead of customizing