Appearance: The Customize Tab

customize tab

The next tab inside Appearance that we will explore is the Customize tab. Clicking on the customize tab will take you out of your dashboard and you will be shown your site with the customization sidebar. 

The top option is the Site Identity. This tab has the site title and tagline which we already discussed in the General Settings tab, so we will skip this. The site icon is where you put your site’s favicon. A favicon is the little logo on the tab of a site. On Facebook it’s the little “f,” on Google it’s the new “G,” Twitter has the twitter bird, and YouTube has their logo. Almost every site you have ever been to has a favicon. Your site should have one too! Your favicon must be a square, and it will be shrunk down to the size 16×16 pixels, but WordPress advises that you give them an image that is at least 512×512 pixels.

The next tab is the Menus tab. In this tab you decide two things. First, where would you like your menu to show up. Your theme decides where you can place the menus, but the places that most companies place them are on the top of every page and in the footer. The second thing what you want to go in your menu. Anything can go in your menu bars, even a link to another website. Also, if you would like WordPress to automatically add any new pages to that create to the menu by clicking the check mark on the bottom of this tab.

The next tab is Widgets which we be discussing in detail tomorrow and the last tab is the Static Page tab, which we already covered in the Reading Settings.

If you go back to the Appearance tab you will see that there is also a menu tab here too. From this tab you can actually create several menus, so that each menu location can have it’s own menu. 

At this point it should be clear that everything that can be done in the customize tab can be done somewhere else, but it is nice to see changes directly as you make them right on your site.