How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme for Your Blog (Easy)

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re you wondering how to create a custom WordPress theme? In this article, we’ll show you how to make a custom theme for your blog, without having to hire a developer or edit any code. 

There are so many blogs on the internet. So, when you start a blog, one way to stand out from the crowd is by having a custom WordPress theme. This will allow you to have a blog design that’s completely unique to you. 

Creating a custom theme from scratch used to be difficult. You’d need advanced coding knowledge of languages like PHP, CSS, JavaScript, and HTML. Or, you’d have to hire a developer to create one for you, which can get expensive.

But now, there are theme builders that make it easy for anyone to make a WordPress theme. 

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a custom theme in WordPress, step-by-step. 

Let’s dive in. 

The Best Tool to Create a WordPress Theme

If you want to create a WordPress theme without coding, look no further than SeedProd

seedprod website and theme builder

SeedProd is the best theme builder on the market. It’s used by over 1,000,000+ professionals to easily create custom WordPress themes and page layouts—no coding required.  

It comes with a drag and drop theme editor that lets you create a WordPress theme exactly the way you want. Simply point and click to add, edit, or delete any element. 

There are also ready-made blocks you can add to your theme in an instant. Choose from blocks like call-to-action buttons, headlines, image carousels, videos, testimonials, countdown timers, and more. 

Plus, you don’t even need to start your design from scratch. SeedProd comes with 23+ pre-built, customizable themes to get you started. 

seedprod theme templates

SeedProd also offers powerful features like:

  • Built-in coming soon and maintenance modes
  • 150+ page templates
  • Live desktop and mobile previews
  • Lots of color schemes and font combinations
  • Free stock photo library
  • Seamless WooCommerce integration
  • And much more…

You can learn more in our detailed SeedProd review

Now, let’s begin the tutorial…

How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme Using SeedProd

Since SeedProd is a WordPress plugin, we assume that you already have a WordPress blog hosted on a domain. 

If not, you can follow along with this tutorial on how to install WordPress. It includes instructions for installing WordPress on all of the best blog hosting services such as Bluehost, HostGator, SiteGround, and others. 

If you already have a WordPress theme installed on your site, you don’t need to worry about how it will look. SeedProd will override it when you publish your custom theme. 

But, you should backup your website before you make any major changes. Here’s a tutorial on how to backup your WordPress site with UpdraftPlus

With that handled, let’s look at how to create your own theme in WordPress. 

Step 1: Install SeedProd

The first step is to install and activate the SeedProd plugin. 

To do that, go to SeedProd’s official website and click on Get SeedProd Now

get the seedprod theme builder

Select the Pro or Elite plan to access the theme builder and complete the checkout process. 

Once you’ve purchased the plugin, you need to install and activate it on your WordPress site. If you need help, you can follow along with this tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Next, you need to verify your SeedProd license key. First, open your SeedProd account and click on the Downloads tab. Scroll down to find your license key and copy it. 

get seedprod license

Then, head to your WordPress admin dashboard and go to SeedProd » Settings. Enter the license key you copied into the field provided and click on the Verify Key button. 

enter seedprod license key

Now you’re ready to start creating your WordPress theme. 

Step 2: Choose a Theme Template

Go to SeedProd » Theme Builder from your WordPress admin dashboard. This will take you to the Theme Builder dashboard page. 

open seedprod theme builder

SeedProd gives you two different ways to create a custom theme:

  • Click on Themes to customize one of the ready-made theme templates. 
  • Click on Add a New Theme Template to build each theme part from scratch. 

All WordPress themes include theme parts like the header, footer, homepage, single page, single post, blog page or archive, and the sidebar

Creating each of these theme parts can be a bit intimidating for beginners. 

So, for this tutorial, we recommend using one of SeedProd’s pre-made themes. Click on the Themes button to see the themes available. 

click on the themes button

SeedProd comes packed with 23+ themes specifically designed for marketing agencies, blogs, restaurants, eCommerce stores, freelancers, musicians, and more. 

seedprod pre-made wordpress theme templates

Choose any theme that you like by hovering over it and clicking the Checkmark button. We’re going to use the Travel Theme for this tutorial. 

select your theme template by clicking the checkmark button

Once you’ve selected your theme, SeedProd will automatically create all of the theme parts you need like the header navigation, homepage, blog index, single post, single page, etc. 

seedprod themes come with all theme parts automatically

If you don’t want to use certain parts of the theme, you can toggle the button to No under the Published heading. 

toggle the theme parts you don't want off

Next, let’s customize each theme part to make it your own. 

Step 3: Customize the WordPress Theme Parts

To start customizing the theme, hover over a theme part and click on Edit Design

edit theme design

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to edit the homepage as an example. 

Once you click Edit Design under the Homepage part, you’ll be taken to SeedProd’s visual theme editor. 

On the left side, you can see the pre-made blocks and sections that you can add to your theme. On the right side, you can see a live preview of how your site will look. 

seedprod theme editor

Edit Existing Theme Elements

You can click on each existing element in the theme to edit it. For example, you can click the headline and the editing options will appear on the left side. 

edit theme headline and text

You can change the text, font, alignment, size, and more.

As another example, you can click on the background image to change it. You can choose an image from your media library or use an image from the stock photo library. 

edit theme background image

If there’s an element that you want to delete, select it and click on the trash can icon. 

delete blocks that you don't want

Add Template Tag Blocks

Next, let’s add template tag blocks to the theme. Template tags are responsive and dynamic blocks that allow you to import content from your WordPress database. 

For example, you can drag and drop the Posts block onto your page to display recent blog posts. 

seedprod wordpress template tags

Other template tags you can use include:

  • Post Excerpt
  • Author Box
  • Post Comments
  • Post Navigation
  • Archive Title
  • And more

Add Standard and Advanced Blocks

Aside from template tags, SeedProd comes with a ton of ready-made blocks you can add to your theme. 

It has all the standard elements any website would need, like:

  • Headline
  • Text
  • Button
  • Image Video
  • List
  • Divider 
  • Spacer
  • Column

Simply drag and drop any of these blocks onto your page to use them. 

add standard blocks to your theme

In addition, there are advanced blocks that you can use to boost engagement, generate leads, and drive conversions, such as:

  • Contact Form
  • Optin Form
  • Countdown Timer
  • Social Profiles
  • Testimonials
  • Social Sharing
  • Star Ratings
  • And Much More

For this tutorial, we’ll add an Optin Form to the homepage to get more email subscribers

add advanced blocks like optin forms

Again, you can click on the block to edit it. You can edit the fields, size, alignment, button style, button text, and more. 

edit theme blocks

If you have an online store set up, you can also use SeedProd’s custom WooCommerce blocks in your theme. This includes blocks like add to cart, checkout, cart, products grid, best selling products, and more. 

Use Pre-Built Sections

You can also use SeedProd’s ready-made sections to quickly build up your website layout. 

Click on the Sections tab under the Design panel. This will open a new window where you can choose from sections like:

  • Call to Action
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Features 
  • Contact 
  • Testimonials
  • And More

To add a section to your theme, hover over it and click the (+) button. 

add pre-built sections to your custom wordpress theme

The section will be automatically added to the page. From there, you can edit it just like you would with the blocks and other elements. 

edit sections in the theme

When you’re finished customizing the homepage, don’t forget to hit the Save button in the top right corner. 

Repeat this process for each theme part until your entire theme is customized. 

Step 4: Edit the Site-Wide Design

When you’re customizing your theme, you’ll also want to make sure that your blog design is consistent across your site. 

Using the same typography, colors, and font sizes on every page will help you create a cohesive look. 

To edit the site-wide design, head to the theme builder dashboard and click on Edit Design under the Global CSS theme part. 

Here, you can easily control your theme’s styling including the colors, fonts, background, buttons, forms, layout, and custom CSS. 

edit global css settings

For example, you can click on the Buttons section and choose a custom color. This will apply that button color to every button in your theme. 

edit button styling across your theme

When you’re finished adjusting the settings, click the Save button. 

Step 5: Connect Your Email Marketing Service

Next, SeedProd lets you connect directly to popular email marketing services like Constant Contact, Mailchimp, AWeber, Sendinblue, and many more. 

This is important if you’ve added an email optin form anywhere on your theme. With your email service connected, new contacts will be added to your list automatically. 

To connect your email service to your SeedProd theme, click on the Connect tab while you’re editing any part of the theme. 

connect your email marketing service to the theme

Then, click on your email service provider in the list and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the integration. 

Now all of your optin form entries will be automatically added to your email list!

Step 6: Publish Your Custom WordPress Theme

Alright, it’s time to publish your custom WordPress theme! The best part is that it only takes the click of a button.

Simply head to the SeedProd » Theme Builder page and toggle the switch next to Enable SeedProd Theme to the “Yes” position. 

enable seedprod theme

This will replace your existing theme with the custom theme you created with SeedProd. 

It’s that simple! Now you can visit your site and see how it looks live:

live custom wordpress theme built with seedprod

That’s a wrap!

Now you know how to create a custom WordPress theme without writing any code. This will make it easy to design the blog of your dreams, even if you’re a beginner. 

If you liked this tutorial, you might want to check out our post of blog design examples to inspire you. You can find some great ideas for your own blog design. 

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