Support » Fixing WordPress » 2011 Background Color won't change-help appreciated

  • I can’t change the background color; I can change it in the “Background” section and it says it has been successfully updated, but when I view the page it remains the default color.

    I went online and tried some fixes like typing in the color code I want (#ffa500) directly into the style.css page under the “body” (background) section, but nothing is working yet.

    Has anyone encountered this and has a solution?
    Andrew (Boulder)

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  • First do not ever make changes in the twentyeleven theme files — you need to use a Child Theme or custom CSS plug-in. Once you have set that up, post back with a link to your site and someone can likely help you sort out the background issues.

    The best way to work with CSS is by using Firebug and learning soem basic CSS:

    Hi WPyogi,

    Thank you for your reply. I just resolved the issue from a previous post which offered a fix: “[resolved] Just updated to 3.3 now background won’t change out of defalt (6 posts).”

    I looked at the Child Theme and firebug links–I appreciate the exposure to the Child Theme so I can post back and receive help,however Firebug and the Child Theme seem somewhat involved for the level I’m at–without programming experience. Isn’t it okay to use the fixes offered by other users such as above?

    Thanks again for your quick response, Andrew

    Moderator Andrew Nevins


    Forum moderator

    You may struggle to find volunteers willing to proceed with advice when disregarding Child Themes or Custom CSS plugins.

    If it involves making changes to theme files, NO, that’s a very bad idea. All of your changes will be erased when WP is updated and it’s also important to have a clean copy of the default theme for troubleshooting purposes. You really don’t want to create that situation for yourself :)! Creating a child theme is not difficult — you just need to read carefully and take it one step at a time — and you’ll learn a lot of good, useful things as well. If you want to do much customization of your site, it’s worth the effort. If you only want to make (minor) changes in the CSS code, you could use a custom CSS plug-in — for example, jetpack includes that, among many other useful things:

    Thanks again, That’s encouraging and I will look into the Child Theme aspects– Andrew

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