This tutorial explains how to customize Twenty Fifteen WordPress theme. You can customize Twenty Fifteen, the default WordPress theme for WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”. There are many useful customization options for Twenty Fifteen that are highly useful and gets you more out of the WP theme.
Customize Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme – change the Twenty Fifteen color scheme, add social media links to the sidebar, set featured image for Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme or add navigation menu descriptions.
Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme
WordPress 4.1 has been released with a new default theme named as Twenty Fifteen. The brand new default WordPress theme is an updated version to Twenty Fourteen. The Twenty Fifteen theme is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity and features Google’s Noto font family. The typography is readable on any screen size and the content always takes center stage, when viewed on any device.
Customize Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme Featured Image
To customize the featured image for Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme and use Featured Images with Twenty Fifteen to add a masthead to any blog post. You can also open up the theme Customizer and add custom header to your blog.
Specs – Twenty Fifteen WP Theme
Please note that the specs for Twenty Fifteen WP theme (all measurements in pixels)
- The main content width is 660px
- The sidebar width is 248px
- Featured Images are 825px wide by 510px high
Enable Distraction-Free Writing Mode
WordPress 4.1 comes with a brand new Distraction-free writing mode. It help to concentrate on writing and nothing else. When you tun on distraction-free writing mode and you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when wish to edit the draft.
To enable Distraction-free writing mode on WordPress 4.1, simply click on the square-arrows on the top-right corner of the text editor area. See the screenshot below to get a clear idea.
Change the Twenty Fifteen Color Scheme
You can change the colors of the Twenty Fifteen WordPress theme.
- Go to Appearance > Customize in your WordPress Dashboard.
- Now you will see the Customizer and a tab called ‘Colors’. Click this tab.
- Change your color scheme by selecting one. You can preview the change in the Customizer.
- Click save and exit.
Add Social Media Links to The Sidebar
Twenty Fifteen allows you display links to your social media profiles, like Twitter and Facebook, with icons.
- Create a new Custom Menu, and assign it to the Social Links Menu location.
- Add links to each of your social services using the Links panel.
- Icons for your social links will automatically appear if it’s available.
Add Descriptions to Menus
To start adding descriptions to your menus visit the Menus page in your dashboard and use the Screen Options tab to “Show advanced menu properties”. Select “Description” there to start editing menu descriptions.
Now you can add descriptions to any link in a menu.