Theme CustomizerTopic Customizer
Specifically, the aim of this article is to take someone who doesn't know anything about the Theme Customizer and give them enough information to not only know what the Theme Customizer is, but also how it works and how you can incorporate your preferences into your current section and create your own section with your own set of preferences.
But before we begin to write coding to deploy our own functions into the customizer, let's check what the Theme Customizer is, what it does, and why it is advantageous to us. What is the Theme Customizer? Directly from the WordPress Codex article: Topic Customization API added in WordPress 3. 4, allows the developer to adjust the WordPress administration screens for theme customization.
With the Theme Customizing monitor (e.g., Theme Customizer), website administrators can optimize the theme setting and see a real-time previewer of these changes. Maybe a more simple explanation is that the Theme Customizer is a way for people to make changes to the look of their blogs while being able to see the changes in person.
However, this poses the question: Why is it important if there are possibilities to adjust the theme from within the WordPress dashboard? In order to be able to answer these questions, we need to know what the Theme Customizer has to offer for both end consumers and designers. How does the Theme Customizer work? Theme Customizer gives you - and the end-customer of a theme - a quick overview of what the theme looks like and the possibility to optimize certain functions of the blogs, while at the same doing a real-time refresh of what changes are made when the settings are stored.
End-consumers no longer have to switch between the admin console and the publicly accessible page of the blogs to see the results of the changes they have made. As an example, a user would have to do something like this in front of the Theme Customizer: Just click'Appearance' and click'Header' Yikes - not the simplest way to make changes to your blogs, is it?
With the Theme Customizer, now, you can customize: Just click'Appearance' Just click'Customize' Much simpler, isn't it? Of course, this contributes significantly to the improvement of the usability, but not only the end-consumer benefits. Firstly, our role for developer and designer is not only to provide presentations and features to our customers, but also to do everything possible to ensure that they have the best possible experiences with a given work.
With Theme Customizer, we can do just that, especially because people can see in person what impact their changes will have on their blogs. Thus it blends well into the Settings API and is also easily usable when the original source material is in place to be inserted into a theme.
That means that we can deploy the Theme Customizer with our current design, allowing the use of the Settings API. What is more, we can use the Theme Customizer with our current design. In addition, it's really simple to insert new features into legacy topics, such as those provided by a different topic (if you're working with a sub -topic), and it makes it simple to insert new topics if you want to allow your visitors to optimize their blogs through topic customization mode.
In the end, this gives us the opportunity to make our work simpler by giving our clients and our end users an easy way to customise, customise and edit our theme instead of switching between the dashboard and the blogs themselves. Since this website (and therefore this series) is aimed at those who want to enhance their WordPress programming knowledge, we need to fully appreciate the advantages of Theme Customizer before actually moving on to implementation.
Briefly, I believe that the Theme Customizer improves usability. Therefore, we have a duty to put them into practice in our work to ensure that we develop the best possible product, both those that help our customers as much as possible. If our customers profit from it, we profit from it.
More than that, however, we have the opportunity to drive forward the topic development: So, from the next post, we'll see how we can work with a theme that already contains the Theme Customizer to add new features. Later we will take a look at how to build the Theme Customizer from the bottom up and then embed it into the WordPress Settings API so that people can work with topics by not having to switch between dashboards and blogs, but making changes and previewing them in live.