Importantly, the website design task can be delegated by the school technician to a third-party. To delegate, add a WordPress user. Go to the “Users” tab and then “Add New.” Ensure that the new user is granted an “Administrator” role.
Note: School technicians can create “development” websites for free, and independent of the main website. This opens up options for design, development and deployment. See also Domain Mapping.
Using the Core Themes
To change the theme, go to the “Appearance” tab and then “Themes.” This option is available to school technicians (or authorised administrators) only.
Applying Increasing Customisation
To apply increasing customisation, go to the “Appearance” tab. This option is available to school technicians (or authorised administrators) only.
The Appearance tab has the following options for increasing customisation (and note that some options are particular to the theme):
|Themes||For Changing the theme|
|Customise||For various WYSIWYG and other theme-specific changes (and sometimes, including colours)|
|Widgets||For managing the plugins, as appearing in various locations|
|Menus||For managing the lists of pages, posts and other links, as appearing in various locations|
|Header||For changing the main header image|
|Edit CSS||For CSS modifications|
The most flexible way to change the appearance, is through CSS modifications. To change the CSS, go to the “Appearance” tab and then “Edit CSS.”
Note: Persons such as graphic designers with advanced CSS knowledge can make many significant customisations to themes without ever needing to touch the underlying programming and/or structural code.
The Internet has many resources on CSS modifications.
Creating child themes
Child themes are explained on the WordPress codex and are a last-resort when CSS options have been exhausted.
Please Contact School Websites to create a child theme.
In some rare cases, brand new themes or external themes other than the WordPress TwentyYear series will be allowed, provided they can be trusted. Please Contact School Websites to discuss additional customisation options.