In the world of content management, the first name that hits your mind to manage your content is WordPress. The spreading popularity of Wordpress can be estimated by the fact that every second, there are more than 70 million blogs running and more than new 20 posts publishing on WordPress. For a perfect blog, not only content quality, content appearance also matters and for that the first thing that catches the viewer's attention, even before the font is the header and footer.
A website footer, in no way less important than the header, therefore it has to be well composed into the website design. You should master the techniques of interceding the right element of the right section, in order to make changes to the footer.
In this article, we are going to discuss the methods of editing and ways of styling a footer:
METHODS OF EDITING FOOTER
These are the three basic methods of editing the footer in WordPress.
1. Through Footer Code
First, log-in to the WordPress admin dashboard. Here you have to make changes to the footer.php file. For that, go to the appearance in the menu on the left side, then click on the editor. You’ll see a list of theme files on the rights side, from where you can search the Theme Footer file i.e footer.php. Here, you can write the code. You don’t have to make any changes to the existing code. For this. You should have some coding skills and have to you it cautiously.
2. Through Theme Customizer
There is another option to edit the footer, a simpler one, which is through theme customizer. For that, you have to log-in to the WordPress admin dashboard. Go to “appearance” in the menu on the left side, then click on the Customize where you have to find a section dedicated to Footer settings. It provides you access to change the content as well as the design of the footer. You can adjust the setting without having any coding skills.
3. From Widgets
You can also change footer and footer content from widgets. Log-in to your WordPress admin dashboard, in order to find a WordPress footer widget. Go to appearance in the menu on the left side, then click on Widgets, where you can find the list of available widgets. On the right, you’ll find the footer widget sections you need to fill in with the selected widgets.
MODIFYING FOOTER IN WORDPRESS
In WordPress, there are plenty of footer themes, to perfectly fit your blog or website design. Some of those themes offer a pre-defined set of templates in order to facilitate the user to create a custom footer. Also, there are several templates offered by premium themes, from where you can choose whichever suits you. For any particular theme, say Mesmerize theme, you can find six WordPress footer templates, in different layouts, colors, and components.
Other than that, there is a list of options that makes it easy to modify the WordPress footer some of which are as follows:
Go to appearance after logging- into the WordPress Admin dashboard, click Customize. Then go to the Theme Customizer section where you can find a section for customizing Footer.
If you want to give your website a sophisticated look, you can add images to your footer. It can be very helpful in boosting the eloquence. Also, through visual elements, the information you are trying to give will be balanced, and it will also gather the attention of the users.
To craft a tempting blog, you have to choose the layout depending on the structure of the information you want in the website footer. It can either be a simple layout or a boxed one. It is responsible for making the information look tidy, pleasing and easy to read which can be kept in mind for the long term.
If you want to have a formal look of your website or blog, instead of inserting images or applying a gradient, you can go for a solid color. You can easily replace the default color with one of your own choice. However, you should be particular about the choice of your color. You can do research for that and can have a color based on the scheme used usually in the website pages.
There is also an advanced option for color selection. You can choose a different color for different sections in a footer through a template. You can set the color to contrast with that of the other columns, for good impact. For example, you can only color the contents of the last column, in the footer, where the layout allows for it. This can be very useful in emphasizing certain content elements in the website footer.
To add the link in the footer, there are many options in the Customizer menu. These can be either represented by menu categories of social media icons.
You can set multiple colors for different types of links. Like, for the anchor text of the links in the footer, for the anchor text of the links, when users hover their mouse over the items, the social icons leading to social media accounts or the social icons when users hover their mouse over the respective items.
The most important thing about footer is the height so that the content is more visible and easier to need and the negative space can be cut. You can adjust the height from smaller to larger values, depending on the elements you want to insert in the website footer. You can simply go to the Customizer menu of the theme to use this feature.
Also, footer height is important to give enough negative space around footer elements, which will make them more visible, easier to read and therefore, more useful.
After this article, we hope that editing a website footer will no longer be a difficult task for you. You should know how to customize your website footer the right by observing the right practices and design principles. In this way, you can have more chances to make visitors remember your website so that in the future, they will get back to it.