How to Make Minor Adjustments to Your WordPress Theme

Ever wanted to make just some minor adjustments to your WordPress theme’s design, but didn’t know how? In this post, I’ll show you the easiest way to tweak a site’s design, even if you have almost no coding skills at all.

This post is partially in response to a question I was asked after publishing my post about fonts and the importance of making your text as easily readable as possible. Of course, it’s nice to know which fonts to use and what size the text should be, but how do you actually change these settings in your own WordPress theme?

Watch the video below to find out:

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I recommend you watch the video in full-screen mode.


Firebug is now also available as an extension for the Chrome browser! If you’re a Chrome user, you can also access a set of tools very similar to Firebug, by simply hitting the F12 key on your keyboard.

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That’s all, folks! I hope firebug will be as useful to you as it has been to me.

About the Author Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better marketer and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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Alexandrina says June 12, 2013

Your tutorial and recommendations are helping me to save time, my most important asset. I like clarity and precision and your strategy of using precise and focused information is saving our time. It is very important from which level we share the experience. Thank you.

Juan says June 11, 2013

It makes it a lot easier and safer if you’re working with child themes.

Good tutorial.

Herb says June 21, 2012

You don’t use child themes?


Ivan says August 24, 2011

Thanks, this will help me a lot.

Peter says August 21, 2011

Thanks for the tutorial Shane!

I’m in the process of learning how to create my own WordPress Theme with the program Headway at I was playing with Firebug last night but it did not make sense. Now I understand how to use it properly.


Ryan K says August 21, 2011

Hey Shane!

Yeah, I got word of this a couple weeks ago and installed it on Firefox. Haven’t played with it too much, but it does seem to be pretty handy tool. It will be nice to just scan the page without having to open up another editor or go in to the back office of the site.

Also, I sent you a FB friend request a while back. Hit me up!

Ryan K

    Shane says August 25, 2011

    hi Ryan,

    Thanks for your comment!
    I don’t use my personal facebook account, I only have it so that I can have the business pages. So don’t take it personally that I don’t accept friend reqs. :)

Bob Marconi says August 21, 2011

Thanks for the info. I had heard the name firebug but did not know the basics of how to use it.

It seems like a great tool – will add it today!

Ruth says August 21, 2011

Awesome, thanks that will save me a lot of time!

Oran says August 21, 2011

Thanks for the firebug tip and video. I just installed it and am ready for some firebugging action.

Best wishes,

BL Lewis says August 21, 2011

Great Tutorial. This is an awesome tool. I have one or two things about the main theme I use I’d like to change and I know this will help me to tweak it.

Greatly appreciated!!!!!

Alex says August 21, 2011

Great firebug tutorial shane – I use it a bit but did not know the tricks you showed us.

And the “Design Posts” you’ve just done were very welcome – fonts and design are crucial and will affect your bounce rate!

I’d like something on choosing the right theme. I find it a horrid task when I launch each site and just fall back on using one that I can pretty much tweak. I joined elegant themes but find them graphics heavy and SEO Light.

I think a round up of examples would be great :-)

    Shane says August 25, 2011

    I’m afraid I don’t have a magical solution to finding themes, either. It’s something that often takes me a lot of time too – finding a theme that really matches the purpose of a site, is well-designed etc. It’s not easy.

Bill says August 20, 2011

Hi Shane,
Thanks for this. This is pretty cool. I haven’t used this since I put up my last blog. Definitely helpful but since I don’t know CSS or JavaScript it’s a bit of a slow go.
How about doing a few more tutorials on using Firebug for editing WordPress themes?

    Shane says August 20, 2011

    Learning by doing is the way to go. :)
    Maybe I can do a small roundup of examples, if there’s demand for it.

John says August 20, 2011

Excellent firebug tutorial Shane! Funny, I just installed firebug 2 days ago and haven’t got around to learning how to properly use it. Thanks to you, I feel more confident messing with the css code on my blogs.

Thanks again,


Joseph says August 20, 2011

Thanks for a GREAT tutorial

    Shane says August 21, 2011

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Norma says August 20, 2011

Thanks from the bottom of my non-coder heart for this one, Shane!



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