Introduction to the theme Customizer for Encounters

With Encounters, you get several options that are built-into the theme to give you the ability to personalize your website by using the available customization features that come with this theme. Normally theme sites code in third party option panels, but I decided to keep to the official WordPress methods by taking full advantage of their built-in customizer (new to WordPress 3.4).

Encounters Customization Options

As you can see in the above screenshot, you get option tabs, each with a series of settings that let you customize your new theme in “real time”…which means as you make a change, you can see the result dynamically in the right side window. The benefit of this is that you can see what something looks like before making it official and live to the public.

Available Options

  • Site Title & Tagline – Set your logo options
  • Basic Settings – Miscellaneous settings
  • Social Networking – Setup your social icons
  • Colours – change the colours for almost everything in your theme
  • Header Image – for your header showcase area
  • Background Image – for your overall page background
  • Navigation – For selecting menus
  • Static Front Page – choosing your front page and blog locations

Find the Customizer

You have several ways to access the Customizer.