CSS Mistakes While Customizing WordPress Theme

WEB DEVELOPMENT | September 14, 2016

Getting a great and enticing theme for your WordPress website is no more a herculean take for you due to the array of themes available for your WP website. You can even customize the themes as per your need, business nature, business theme and future requirements. You only have to edit and modify the CSS of your theme to get a new and desired theme.  Let’s have an insight on those common mistakes that every novice and often a developer make during the process of CSS moderation.

What Customization of WordPress Theme Stands for?

Before coming to the mistakes committed while CSS customization, it is necessary to have an idea about what is the Customization of WordPress Theme. It is all about scripting the CSS of the theme. To start with this venture, you need to start with custom file editor. Make all the necessary modifications and ultimately save the changes made. Mostly while doing modifications, most of the broken links often get into CSS, creating substantial errors in the WordPress theme. So, you need to be extra cautious in the initiation part.

Top Seven Errors of Theme Customization

1. Not Complying with the Guidelines for Selectors

Being a developer you need to follow some universal practices which are guidelines for selectors if you want to script CSS for WP theme. In case you want to change the CSS for your WordPress theme, you must know about the basic rules about the selectors. The basic guideline is each selector is equipped with a noticeable ID or CLASS in addition to the tags of the HTML. For example, if you want to align the text left and want to assign this process red color then the selector guideline would be:

p{

 text-align:left;

 color:red;

}

You need to make sure that you are placing the semi-colons and colons apart from the brackets in the right place.

2. Spelling Critical Terms Incorrectly

This is yet another vital mistake often most of the developers, especially novice, commit while doing the theme customization. For example, using 12pc instead of 12px, this would surely lead to mistakes in the whole CSS sheet. As such minor mistakes are very easy to slip and difficult to identify, it is recommended to use CSS Validators to enable you to identify the range of wrongly spelled terms in your CSS stylesheet.

3. Avoiding Browser Bugs

As multiple browsers will see your website pages uniquely, you must comply with the CSS practices that are required to be adhered to during writing the CSS stylesheet of your WordPress theme. Under mentioned are some of the major CSS issues that might surface if you are not adhering to the rules of browser-compatibility:

Content / text hops all over the page when the user tries to come down the open web page.

Links and text jump all over the website page if any visitor put the mouse over a specific link.

When viewed through various browsers the layout of the website pages doesn’t look similar.

The additional effects integrated into the theme did not appear to be the same and may also get blurred for some browsers.

4. Insufficient Knowledge about Placement of File

If you are newbie to the domain of CSS, make sure to gather a good knowledge of the placement of the files. Update your knowledge with this fact that every CSS styles are kept in the style.css file of the WP theme folder which may also have some PHP files as well. In addition, you need to have this idea that HTML should be stored in the index.php library of the theme. So, having the right knowledge or different file storage is of the essence when it comes to dealing in the world of CSS.  Right placement of files would help you making modifications to the right CSS selector tags only in the PHP files, avoiding all other files.

5. Customizing Incorrect Template Module

This too is necessary to avoid while doing customization of theme. I would suggest, be careful about working on the accurate module of the template which you have to modify. Many a time such situations arise when WordPress developers commit the error of selecting the wrong template module section. Like making modification in the template module comments-popup.php instead of comments.php, this obviously leads to the undesired result.The best way to ward off such mistake is to have a backup of the CSS stylesheet and you can also restore it when required.

6. Dilemmas with the Structuring the Blockquote Component

WordPress developers are ought to commit mistakes in structuring the Blockquote element. The best way to avoid this mistake is to draw particular margins and rely on a new and specific font for improving the theme of your website. You may also use a loud and attractive image background to enhance the entire layout of your website.

7. Assigning Same Information to Various References

This mistake is made due to the habit. Many WordPress developers assign a similar piece of data to an array of references, which baffles the CSS leading to multiple design errors. Such mistakes are widely seen when each time you use your personal stylesheet and not a fresh CSS stylesheet.

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