First, do NOT edit directly any of the theme files. Because your changes will be lost as soon as you update the theme. Instead – use some of the methods explained below.
- To set your own background color/image, go to “Appearance -> Background”. You can set solid background color or upload an image to serve as a background image.
- For some fast and easy typography and color edits, go to “Appearance -> Customizer” and play with the available options. You can edit the footer content as well.
- If you want to customize the theme even further, you should do it in a child theme. Read the next section for details.
AlienWP themes are highly extensible parent themes, built on the popular Hybrid Core development framework. In practice this means you can easily customize them in your own child themes without touching any of the original theme files.
If you want to learn more, the official WordPress documentation on Child Themes is a good source.
To make things easier, I’ve prepared a blank child theme for each of the parent themes on this site. You can find the download link on the respective theme documentation page.
Important: A child theme cannot work without its parent theme. In other words, you need to have both installed – the child AND the parent theme.