How customized API can enhance your theme’s capability

It doesn’t matter you are the seasoned developer or just an amateur who’s getting started with WordPress, as your website grows it is pretty obvious that you have to adjust your theme to meet the growing needs. For instance, you need to make some tweaks in the theme’s settings, color scheme etc. And to accomplish this objective, you must have better control over your site’s theme structure.

In this case, WordPress theme customization API is exactly you need. It is a useful and easy way to operate WP theme customization screen. In case you don’t have much knowledge about the modification process, it will be good if you hire someone who has a good amount of experience in this sector and can offer you a quality product.

An Overview of Theme Customization API

Well, the theme customization API isn’t the new feature and is present in the WordPress from last two years. It was first introduced with the WP update v3.4 and allow developers to customize as well as add controls of the theme modification screen. The best thing about “Theme Customizer” is that it enable developers to make changes in the theme settings and preview them in real time.

Moreover, it also allows the end-user to have a real-time update of the changes that were introduced into the theme. In nutshell, the Theme Customizer saves developers and users from switching in between any WP theme’s dashboard and front-end to see the results of the tweaks that have been made.

How to Utilize Theme Customization API?

The Theme Customization API provides the enhanced control, thereby allow developers to add their own options to the modification screen from the WordPress dashboard. For this purpose, however, developers require using at least 2 hooks such as:

customize_register: In this, the users have to define new sections, settings and controls.

wp_head: This allows to come up with custom-generated CSS, to ensure that all the changes are correctly visible on the portal.

Now let’s discuss how you can use both the hooks in defining settings, controls, etc within your theme.

Defining Settings, Controls, Etc. in Theme Customization Admin Screen

To chalk out the new theme sections, control or settings, you first need to register them with the help of customize_register action hook. You can also take help of this code snippet to get an idea how to define the hook:

function mytheme_customize_register( $wp_customize ) { //All your sections, settings, and controls will come here}

add_action( ‘customize_register’, ‘mytheme_customize_register’ );

In the above mentioned code, you will create a function mytheme1_customize_register( ), which will help in chalking out the set of custom sections, settings etc. Next, $wp_customize is passed as an object to the function, and its methods are used for performing all customizations in an easy manner.

Wrapping Up!

This article is just a basic tutorial which aimed to helped amateur theme developers so that they can become familiar with the WordPress Theme Customization API. In addition to this, this article also serves as a guide that will help you learn basics of how to make tweaks in the admin screen.

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