Frequently asked questions

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that you can use to power your website on your own hosting plan. WordPress makes creating a blog, landing page, online store, forum or other website possible for users around the world.

Confused about the differences between the two versions of WordPress? Have a look at this complete guide on WordPress.com vs WordPress.org and why we think WordPress.org is the better choice.

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How WordPress and CSS Work together?

It’s a given that no two WordPress themes are created equal. So, keep in mind that your WordPress theme might not comply 100% with what you read in the following sections.

That said, it’s more than likely that the CSS used to present your WordPress site is located in a file called style.css. This is a common name for a stylesheet for any type of website, not just a WordPress website.

If you look at that file, you’ll find that it includes comprehensive stylistic ‘instructions’ for your theme. It’s beyond the scope of this tutorial to cover CSS syntax in complete detail, but if you want to delve deeper into it, we recommend you start with W3Schools’ course here.

With that out of the way, let’s move onto the aforementioned three methods for editing CSS!

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Is WordPress available in my language?

Maybe! Currently there are 169 locale WordPress translations available, with 10 of them at 100% up to date. Just visit the WordPress Polyglots page to check for your language or to even contribute to the translation process.

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Method #2: Using a Child Theme to Edit CSS?

If you’ve downloaded an awesome theme and want to make some changes to it, you should do so with a child theme, as opposed to editing the main (or parent) theme.

Why? Because developers can often update themes for bug fixes and design changes. If you make changes to the main theme and then install an update, you’re going to overwrite your hard work.

On the other hand, if you use a child theme to make CSS changes, only the parent theme will be updated. All of your changes in the child theme will remain.

Some professional theme developers are aware of the importance of child themes and will include one for you. Then, you can just update that child theme as much as you want without worrying about parent theme updates overwriting your changes.

If you have a theme that doesn’t include a child theme, it’s easy to add one. You can find instructions to do that in our comprehensive guide to creating a child theme.

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