A couple of months ago, I wrote an article on adding custom CSS to a WordPress website. For WordPress.org sites, I covered the Custom CSS feature of Jetpack that helps you add your own CSS code to your site. However, there is another way of achieving the same results and that is a child theme.
Custom CSS for Your WordPress Website
Right. But also wrong! I’ll explain the ambivalence shortly 🙂
Let me first explain in a few sentences the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. I’ve already touched this subject in one of my previous posts. Basically, with WordPress.org you have to take care of everything – you need to find a hosting provider that suits you, you need to install WordPress, take care of your site’s security, updates and backups. You have full control, but it comes with a lot of responsibility.
On the other hand, you can set up a blog with WordPress.com in a matter of seconds. The folks from Automattic take care of every single detail I mentioned above and all you need to do is customize your website according to your needs and write, write, write, publish, publish, publish, and then write and publish some more.
How to Install a WordPress Theme
You’ve installed WordPress and you want your website to look amazing, brilliant, so that everybody gets blinded by its awesomeness when they go to your homepage, right? 🙂 Well, you need to choose the right theme for this but where do you start?
Log into the wp-admin area of your website, navigate to Appearance > Themes and click on Add New Theme.
You will be presented with a wide choice of themes and of course, it will be quite hard to find the one you wish from the first try! Nevertheless, let’s give it a shot! Let’s say you liked BlocomoTwo and you believe that it is the best theme ever created and you want it on your website.
It happened to all of us, we were checking on our WordPress website, we’ve updated a plugin (a set of plugins even!) or maybe a theme, and instead of our awesome website of awesomeness, there was a just a big white screen laughing at us. This has happened before and it will happen many times more in the future. The most important thing to know in this situation is that it can easily be fixed! Just follow the steps below:
- Log into the FTP of the site by using an FTP client – I recommend Filezilla which I use on a daily basis
- Navigate to the wp-content directory of your site and enter the plugins directory (or themes if you updated a theme)
- Find the plugin/theme folder which you updated and rename it (you can rename it to anything you want – plugins1, 2plugins, myplugins etc.)
This action will deactivate that particular plugin/theme and you will regain control of your website. If you updated a set of plugins and you don’t remember which ones they were, you can rename the whole plugins directory and thus deactivate all the plugins on the site. Afterwards, by logging into the wp-admin area of the site, you can activate them one by one in order to locate the culprit!