Your site theme controls the visual layout and appearance of your site.

We have a diverse collection of themes which you can browse in Appearance > Themes.

All available themes are also publicly visible at

To change your theme, visit Appearance > Themes in your dashboard.

Below is an example of customization of the theme Celebrate on a site:


In Appearance > Themes you can see:

  1. Your Active theme – the current theme you are using which is displayed at the top left of your theme page.
  2. Available themes – themes that can be activated on your site.

Themes are sorted into categories to make selecting your theme easier.


You can search for a specific theme by entering the keyword in the search site, click Search and only the themes that match will be displayed.

For example, you can search by a specific theme name or search using key words for color, number of column (two column).


As you browse themes you can try out a theme using the Live Preview link. Hovering your mouse over a theme brings up theme action menus including the Live Preview link.

When you click on Live Preview this launches the theme customizer which is designed to make it easier for you to customize your theme and see the results in real-time without having to visit your site.

It also allows you to customize any theme before you activate it. If you like what you see, click Save & Activate to use the theme. Alternatively, click Cancel to return to Manage themes to continue browsing the themes.

You’ll find step-by-step instructions for using the Customizer here.

When you change to a new theme, there are a few things you need to check after:

  1. Custom menus – each theme supports different locations and you need to reassign your custom menu to the desired location when changing to a new theme.
  2. Widgets – each theme supports different widget areas and you need to check your widget locations once you’ve changed your theme.

The term widget refers to any tool or content that you add, arrange or remove from the sidebar(s) of your site — these are the blocks that make up your sidebar.

You add widgets to your sidebar or footer by going to Appearance > Widgets.

Every newly created site include some default widgets. The ‘Welcome to your Brand New Blog’ is a default widget. Add any widget(s) you like to the site sidebar that contains the default widgets and this will automatically replace all default widgets with your own widgets.


Almost all our themes include the ability to:

  1. Upload custom image headers.
  2. Add a background image or change background color.
  3. Display comments on pages.

For comprehensive information. refer to the following support pages:

  • Custom backgrounds
  • Custom header image
  • Enable and disable comments


Due to how our infrastructure is designed, we are unable to support the uploading of custom themes unless you are using a CampusPress network.

This means you can’t upload any themes to your site even if they are available in the WordPress repository.

However, many of our themes have customization options to change the colors, fonts and layouts. Most of our themes enable you to upload backgrounds and header images.


The Simpler CSS plugin enables you to modify the theme’s fonts, colors, border and backgrounds by adding custom stylesheets to your site. Refer to our editing CSS support page for more information.