How to Easily Add Custom CSS to Your WordPress Site

Sometimes you may find yourself needing to add Custom CSS in your WordPress site. Perhaps it’s because you’re following a tutorial on WPBeginner. If using FTP is too confusing, then there is an easier way to add CSS on your site. In this article, we… Read More »

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Sometimes you may find yourself needing to add Custom CSS in your WordPress site. Perhaps it’s because you’re following a tutorial on WPBeginner. If using FTP is too confusing, then there is an easier way to add CSS on your site. In this article, we will show you how to add custom CSS to your WordPress site without editing any theme files.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple Custom CSS plugin. Upon activation simply go to Appearance » Custom CSS and write down or paste your custom CSS.

Simple Custom CSS

Don’t forget to press the ‘Update Custom CSS’ button to store your CSS.

You can now view your website to see the custom CSS in action.

Using a Custom CSS plugin vs Adding CSS in Theme

Adding custom CSS snippets into your parent theme is not recommended. Your CSS changes will be lost if you accidentally update the theme without saving your custom changes.

The best approach is to use a child theme instead. However, many beginners don’t want to create a child theme. Apart from adding custom CSS they really don’t know how they will be using that child theme.

Using a custom CSS plugin allows you to store your custom CSS independant from your theme. This way you can easily switch themes and your custom CSS will still be there.

Another great way to add custom CSS to your WordPress site is by using the CSS Hero plugin. This wonderful plugin allows you to edit almost everything in your WordPress site without writing a single line of code.

Editing custom CSS with CSS Hero plugin for WordPress

We hope this article helped add custom css to your WordPress site. You may also want to see how our guide on how to create a site-specific WordPress plugin to store your custom code snippets.

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CSS Hero Review: WordPress Design Customization Made Easy

If you’re one of the many beginners who want to customize your WordPress site design without touching CSS, then you’re in luck. Recently we were asked to review CSS Hero, a WordPress plugin that claims to make design customization easy. In this article, we will… Read More »

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If you’re one of the many beginners who want to customize your WordPress site design without touching CSS, then you’re in luck. Recently we were asked to review CSS Hero, a WordPress plugin that claims to make design customization easy. In this article, we will show you how to use CSS Hero and why it’s one of the plugins that every WordPress beginner should try.

Our CSS Hero Review

CSS Hero - A point and edit CSS tool for WordPress Beginners

CSS Hero is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to design your own WordPress theme without writing a single line of code (No HTML or CSS required).

You have the ability to undo changes which is extremely helpful for beginners. All changes are saved as an additional stylesheet, which means you can upgrade your WordPress theme without worrying about losing the changes.

If you’re a designer or developer, then you will find CSS Hero equally as good. It works with the Genesis theme framework and allows you to quickly make changes to a child theme that you can export to be used on client sites.

CSS Hero can save you a lot of time and frustration when it comes to making design customizations.

Usually we’re very skeptical about point-and-click design customization plugins due to their bloated size. However CSS Hero truly impressed us from the start.

If you were to ask us for an honest CSS Hero review, then we will give it a 5 out of 5 star.

How to Use CSS Hero to Customize Your WordPress Theme

First you need to install and activate the CSS Hero plugin. It is a premium WordPress plugin with pricing starting from $29 for a single site (totally worth the investment considering the time and hassle it will save you).

Use the CSS Hero coupon code WPBeginner, to get a special discount of 34% Off. If you are buying the PRO plan, then the same code will get you a whooping 40% discount.

Upon activation, you will be redirected to obtain your CSS Hero License key. Simply follow the on-screen instructions, and you will be redirected back to your site in a few clicks.

The goal of CSS Hero is to provide you a WYSIWG (what you see is what you get) interface for editing your theme. Simply visit your website while logged in, and you will notice the CSS Hero button screen.

CSS Hero Button on your website after activating the plugin

Clicking on the button will convert your site into the live preview. You will now be able to see the CSS Hero toolbar.

CSS Hero Toolbar

The first item on the tool bar is the selection tool. Simply click on it and then click on any element on your website. CSS Hero will show you the CSS selectors used by your theme for that particular element.

You need to click on the one that sounds more relevant to the item you are trying to edit. For example, in the screenshot below you will notice that CSS Hero is showing site title, site branding, site header, and site background selectors.

Since we just want to change the font of site title, clicking on site title is the obvious choice here.

Selecting an element for customization in CSS Hero

After you choose a selector, you will be able to see all the things you can modify for that element. This includes text, margins, padding, background, etc. Click on any property that you want to change. For example, if you want to change the font used for site title, then you will click on text.

Selecting a property you want to change

When you click on a property, it will show you all the options that you can modify. In this example, you will see font size, color, weight, height, spacing, etc.

Editing text properties for site title in CSS Hero

As you edit the values, you will see your changes applied to your site in the live preview. Once you are satisfied with the changes you made, simply click on the Save button to store your changes.

Repeat the process to modify any element on any page of your site.

How to Undo Changes in CSS Hero

One of the best features of CSS Hero is the ability to undo any changes you make at any time. CSS Hero keeps a history of all the changes you make to your theme. Simply click on the history button in the CSS Hero toolbar to see the list of changes.

Revert Back to an earlier state using the history tool

Click on the preview icon next to a date and time to see what your site looked at that point. If you want to revert back to that state, then you need to click on the Activate icon. It couldn’t get any simpler than that, but wait there is more.

The history tool takes you back to a particular time. This means that any changes you made after that time will also go back to that time. What if you only wanted to revert changes you made to a particular item?

In that case, you don’t need to use the history tool. Simply click on the element that you want to revert and then click on the reset button.

Reset an element to default CSS in your theme

This will change the item back to the default settings defined by your WordPress theme.

Customizing Your Site for Mobile Devices in CSS Hero

The most challenging aspect of web design is device compatibility. You need to make sure that your site looks equally dazzling on all devices and screen sizes. Web designers use a variety of tools to test for browser and device compatibility. Lucky for you, CSS Hero comes with a built-in preview tool.

Simply click on the desktop icon in the CSS Hero toolbar and then click on a device type. You can choose from mobile, tablet, and desktop devices. The Preview area will change into your selected device.

Editing CSS for mobile devices using CSS Hero in WordPress

You can now edit your site while previewing it for mobile devices. This tool is particularly useful to tweak your theme’s design for mobile and tablets.

CSS Hero Theme Compatibility

The official CSS Hero website has an ever growing list of compatible themes. This list includes many of the popular free WordPress themes. It also has the most popular premium themes from shops like Elegant Themes, StudioPress, and WooThemes. It is also compatible with some of the most popular WordPress theme frameworks like Genesis, Thematic, Pagelines, etc.

What About Themes not on Theme Compatibility List?

CSS Hero comes with an experimental feature currently in beta, which is called Rocket Mode Auto-detection. If you are using a theme not included in theme compatibility list, then CSS Hero will recommend you to try out the Rocket Mode.

Editing themes not officially compatible with CSS Hero

Rocket Mode tries to guess the CSS selectors from your theme on its own. This works out perfectly most of the time. If your theme follows WordPress coding standards, then you would be able to edit almost everything.

You may also want to contact your theme developer and ask them to provide compatibility with CSS Hero.

Which Plugins Are Compatible with CSS Hero?

CSS Hero is compatible with some of the most popular and commonly used WordPress plugins. The list includes Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, DW Question Answers, WP Polls, etc.

If you are using a WordPress plugin which generates an output not editable by CSS Hero, then you can request plugin author to do that. They really don’t need to do much to provide compatibility with CSS Hero.

We hope that you found our CSS Hero review useful. This is truly one of the game changing plugins in the WordPress market. Be sure to give it a try.

Don’t forget to use the CSS Hero coupon code WPBeginner to get exclusive 34% off discount.

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