Common CSS Mistakes To Avoid When Customizing Your WordPress Theme

Posted by Tushar Bedekar
Irrespective of how well-designed your WordPress theme may be, you may want to change its layout to match the changing web trends or users' needs. In order to make modifications to every WordPress theme layout, you'll have to make changes to your theme's CSS file (or style.css).

What's more? The CSS file gives you the ability to format your theme's elements, in order to improve the visual aesthetics of layout. In essence, you can make any changes to your WordPress theme's as you want using the CSS stylesheet. For instance, you can change the position of sidebar, size of the header and footer in theme's web pages and so on.

When writing a CSS for the WP powered site, you can easily make changes to your theme layout with a few clicks, but you can even mess up your layout while making tweaks to your CSS. In case, you encounter any issue with the website theme layout, you'll most likely visit a WordPress forum or community to find what just went wrong. Indubitably, there are a number of willing volunteers ready to help you, but wouldn't it be better if you could resolve the problem on your own following some simple steps. 

So to help you, I've compiled a list of some common CSS mistakes that WordPress users (especially beginners) occasionally make during theme customization.

Missed Spelling Errors


Perhaps the most common CSS mistake that a novice often makes when customizing a WP theme is missed spelling errors. But, the irony is that even professionals make missed spelling errors! Theme customization is not a simple task and requires to pay attention to several aspects, and thus it's easy to overlook spelling errors. For instance, it's easy to write "left" as "leftt", or you may assign "11ps" for a margin instead of "11px". Wondering how you can deal with this problem? Don't worry, as CSS validator help catches missed spelling mistakes for us.

Forgetting Little Details Regarding CSS Selectors


Regardless of how creative you may be in writing CSS, there are some guidelines you need to follow. Each CSS selector is segregated into 3 different classes, such as:

·         ID
·         Class
·         HTML tags

It is important for you to ensure that the selector needs to be identified either as an ID or a class except when it is an HTML tag. Also, make sure that the selector is defined in the right format as shown below:

{ property: value; property: value; }

As you can see in the above line of code, each selector contains some properties (along with values), curly brackets, colons and semi-colons. In case, you miss any of these little details, your CSS selectors won't work. Fortunately, CSS validator make you learn about the such little forgotten details.

Placing Design in Wrong Selector


Even though, you have created an excellent website design, adding it in #content when the design was actually meant to be added in the #content-text selector won't make any changes to your theme layout. There's nothing to worry, as you can immediately see the mistake you've made when viewing the page. All you need to do is cut and paste your design contents in the right tag, and once it's completed make sure to delete your design from #content. Worried what happens if you lost the code? You can refer to your backup file.

Note: Make sure to create a backup for your CSS stylesheet, so that you can get your lost data as and when required.

Placing Content in Wrong Template Module


There's no denying that WordPress new modular templates are very useful, however, one problem with using such templates is that users often do mistakenly make modifications to the wrong module file. That's because, the files have similar names. For instance, you may make changes within comments.php rather than comments-popup.php. In case such an accident happens, a backup of your file can prove very useful for you.

Multiple Choices May Cause Problems


In many cases, developers often create two references to the same CSS selectors. If you're having several selectors with conflicting information, CSS can't recognize which reference it must use. You will most likely come across this issue when you bring up your existing CSS stylesheet over a new one. For example, in case you're having a fight with a selector for, let's say, h2 heading and nothing happens then make sure to search throughout your stylesheet to see if it contains a second reference to that selector or not.

Conclusion


If you made some changes to your CSS file to customize your WordPress theme, and found the theme broken or cannot see any changes, it is recommended that you should go through all of the aforementioned key points. This will help you learn about the common mistakes you might have made when writing CSS.



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Jack Calder is working as Web developer in Markupcloud Ltd. Which is the top psd to  html conversion company. Instead of all these things he also shares important & useful information regarding new updates.

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