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“But I just want to change this one TINY thing, and everything broke!” Here’s how to avoid that.

Tips for tweaking your WordPress theme without breaking things

Executive Summary

Almost everyone does it: Tweaking your WordPress theme in some way, from small tweaks to large-scale customizations. With these tips and tricks, you can save yourself a lot of frustration (and, in some cases, your site’s reputation) when you’re trying to change the look and feel of your site.

Details, Tips, Recommendations & Takeaways

Selecting a theme is usually one of the most difficult parts of setting up a new WordPress site.

After all, most people equate the theme with their website — it’s how it looks, how it works, how it feels to the end user. It’s not uncommon for people to try out a dozen or so themes before settling on the one they really work.

(And remember, the best designs are about more than looks.)

(Side note: Please delete all themes you’re not using after you’ve settled on one. Old, unused themes just sitting on the server is one of the top attack vectors we’ve seen for people trying to break into WordPress sites.)

You want everything to be just right, so you search for hours, trying out different looks to find the perfect one for you.

Then, you happen upon it. For just $29 at everythemeever.net (hopefully not a real site), the HeyThisIsAwesome theme makes your photos pop, allows you to set up your homepage exactly how you want it .

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Want to make some changes to your site but don’t know how, or are afraid to break something? Not to fear! We can provide modifications of any size, from small tweaks to total overhauls, though for the latter we’ll usually advise a (cheaper) new or custom theme. Contact us today to make your website better reflect your goals!

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