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How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme Without Code

How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme Without Code in 2024 

Written By: author image Stacey Corrin
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Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.
     Reviewed By: John Turner
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John Turner is the co-founder of SeedProd. He has over 20+ years of business and development experience and his plugins have been downloaded over 25 million times.

Ever wanted to create a custom WordPress theme for your website without writing complex code or hiring a developer?

Thanks to WordPress theme generators like SeedProd, anyone can now create professional themes with ease. In this guide, I’ll show you how to use SeedProd to create a custom WordPress theme without any coding skills.

In This Guide

Why Create a Custom WordPress Theme?

Creating a custom WordPress theme offers several advantages:

  • Total design control
  • Unique functionality
  • Enhanced performance
  • Improved security

While hiring a developer for a custom theme can be expensive, SeedProd’s WordPress theme builder allows you to create professional themes without coding skills or a large budget.

SeedProd Drag and Drop WordPress website builder

The plugin comes with:

  • Visual drag-and-drop interface
  • Over 150+ Pro templates
  • 2 million stock photos
  • WooCommerce support for eCommerce sites
  • Subscriber management dashboard
  • Email marketing integrations
  • Endless customization options

And many other features and widgets to build a custom website quickly.

Before we dive into the tutorial, it’s important to note that you’ll need a SeedProd Pro or Elite license to access the theme builder feature. Here’s a quick overview of SeedProd’s pricing:

  • Pro: $199/year – Includes theme builder and use on up to 5 sites
  • Elite: $239/year – Includes theme builder, eCommerce support and use on 100 sites

Both plans come with a 14-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to try the theme builder risk-free. For the most current pricing and features, visit the SeedProd pricing page.

Now that you’re aware of the investment required let’s get started with creating your custom WordPress theme.

How to Create a Custom WordPress Theme Without Code

This tutorial assumes you already have a WordPress website set up. If not, follow our guide on how to create a WordPress website before proceeding.

Step 1. Install and Activate SeedProd

First, you’ll need a SeedProd Pro or Elite license to access the theme builder feature.

After downloading the plugin zip file, upload it to your WordPress dashboard, then install and activate it.

Enter your SeedProd license key by navigating to SeedProd » Settings in your WordPress admin area.

If you need help with this step, follow this guide on installing a WordPress plugin.

Enter your SeedProd theme builder license key

You can find your license key by visiting your SeedProd account area. Then, you can copy it from the Downloads tab.

Find your SeedProd license key

Once installed, navigate to SeedProd » Theme Builder to see the Theme Builder overview. Here, you can create a template hierarchy for your WordPress theme, including parts like the header, footer, single post, and more.

SeedProd WordPress theme builder overview

In other words, it’s where you can create all the individual parts that make up your theme, such as the following:

  • Header
  • Footer
  • Single Post
  • Single Page
  • Archive (Blog Page)
  • Home Page
  • Sidebar

You can create each of these theme parts individually. Just click the Add New Theme Template button.

Add new theme template

But if that sounds too overwhelming for your first try, there’s another way to create your theme.

You can use the premade theme templates to create the basic framework for your theme. After, you can customize them to suit your design needs without code.

Because this solution is easy for beginners, that’s what I’ll focus on for this tutorial.

Note: SeedProd offers hundreds of responsive templates to build custom landing pages.

Step 2. Choose a Theme Template

SeedProd’s theme builder already has several themes for you. To find them, click the Theme Template Kits button.

SeedProd theme template kits

When writing this guide, there are over 160 theme templates. These templates cater to different website needs, including:

  • Business Themes: Professional layouts with clear CTAs
  • eCommerce Themes: Product-focused with reviews and smooth checkout
  • Blog Themes: Image-centric with easy-to-read layouts
  • Portfolio Themes: Grid layouts for showcasing work
  • Non-Profit Themes: Event promotion and donation features
SeedProd premade WordPress theme templates

To choose a theme, hover your mouse over the thumbnail and click the checkmark icon. For this guide, I’ll use the SeedProd Starter Theme because it has the essential elements I need for a complete website.

You can always build upon the starter theme to make it your own.

Choose a SeedProd theme template

After choosing your template, SeedProd creates all the parts that make up your theme.

SeedProd WordPress theme templates

If there’s a feature you don’t wish to show on your site, click the toggle under the Publish heading. This turns that theme part off.

unpublish a WordPress theme section

If you click the conditions link for each template part, you can change its name, type, and priority. You can also choose when and where it appears on your website.

Edit WordPress theme conditions

Step 3. Customize Your WordPress Theme Parts

With your theme’s basic building blocks in place, it’s time to start editing each theme section.

To edit any theme section, hover over it and click the Edit Design link.

edit WordPress theme design

I’ll start by editing the header.

When you edit a theme section in SeedProd, you’ll go to its visual drag-and-drop builder. On this screen, you can customize your theme’s header by simply pointing and clicking.

The Starter Theme has a two-column header with a logo and navigation menu. You can customize it to show your custom logo by clicking it in the live preview.

Change your WordPress header logo

You can delete the placeholder logo in the left-hand panel and upload a new one from your computer or WordPress media library.

You can adjust your logo size and alignment in the same panel and add a custom link, like your primary website URL.

If you want to change your header’s background color, hover over the header. Wait until it has a purple outline, then click it. You can give your header a custom background color image and choose the width from there.

Give your WordPress header a custom background color

You can customize your header’s shadow, spacing, border, and more in the Advanced tab.

Advanced WordPress header settings

When you’re happy with your custom WordPress header, click Save. It’s in the top-right corner.

Now, repeat those steps to edit your WordPress footer. Click Edit Design to open it in the visual editor. Then, click any element to customize the content, colors, links, and more.

Custom WordPress theme footer

Create a Custom WordPress Theme Home Page

Next, I’ll customize the WordPress homepage. This is often the first page users see when visiting your website. So open the Homepage section in the visual editor.

You’ll notice your existing header and footer at the top and bottom. Don’t worry, any changes you make here won’t affect them – they’re just here as a visual guide.

Customize your WordPress homepage template

SeedProd’s Starter Theme template has all the features most business websites need.

It includes:

  • Hero area
  • Client logos
  • Features
  • Testimonials
  • FAQ section

Like the header, you can customize every inch to make it unique. Let’s start by changing the hero area.

The hero area has the following features:

  • Section
  • 2-column layout
  • Image
  • Heading
  • Text
  • Button

To change the default image, click it and upload a new image, as you did with your logo.

You can edit the headline and description by clicking each block. Then, replace the contents with your custom text.

Change your homepage template content

If you click the button block, you can change the button text, link, alignment, and more.

customize WordPress theme buttons

You can find these elements in the left-hand blocks panel. That way, you can drag a block from the left and drop it onto your design to add more content to your theme.

drag and drop content

Follow this process for customizing the rest of your homepage.

For example, you can add information about your company’s services. Or highlight your product features in the features section.

Add a features section to your homepage

Then, you can use the built-in Testimonials block. This adds positive social proof from your existing clients and customers.

add customer testimonials to your WordPress theme

I also changed the background color of this section to match the theme header. To do this, open the section settings and choose a different color.

custom section background color

After customizing your home page, you can click the mobile preview icon to see how your design looks on mobile devices.

Preview WordPress theme in mobile

You can move things around until your mobile screen offers a good user experience.

create a custom WordPress theme and preview on mobile

When you’re happy with the look of your homepage, click the Save button and return to the theme builder.

Custom WordPress Theme Blog Page, Single Posts, and Pages

Chances are you’ll want to include a custom page for blog posts in your new WordPress theme. The good news is that SeedProd has a theme part you can customize for that purpose.

That section is Blog Index, Archives, Search in the theme builder. You can use it to tailor your blog post page, post archives, and search results page. This lets them match your website’s branding.

So click the Edit Design link to open this theme part in the drag-and-drop builder.

SeedProd WordPress blog archive template

The Starter Theme on my page uses Template Tags. It pulls dynamic information from WordPress, including the Archive title and Posts.

If your template is similar, clicking these blocks shows their settings. They appear in the left-hand panel.

For example, when you click the Posts template tag, you can display posts by default, by custom type (posts, media, or custom posts), or by query parameters.

Add the posts template tag in WordPress for blog pages

You can also choose the number of columns posts per page, show or hide the featured image, an excerpt, and more.

After customizing your archive or blog page, go to the theme builder. Then, edit the Single Posts section.

SeedProd WordPress single post template

This theme part uses these template tags to pull information about WordPress posts:

  • Post Title
  • Post Info
  • Post Content
  • Author Box
  • Post Comments
  • Post navigation

You can edit these blocks as you would any other SeedProd block. In the settings panel, you can click any element to customize it.

For example, if you click the Post Info block, you can add more meta info. You can also change the alignment and icon colors.

post info settings

Many WordPress websites still use sidebars. These show important information to visitors, including social media profiles, the latest posts, contact forms, and newsletter signups.

Unlike many premade WordPress themes, SeedProd lets you create a custom WordPress sidebar using its visual block editor.

To do that, click Edit Design on the Sidebar template part. You can drag and drop any content you like from there onto your sidebar design.

SeedProd sidebar template

The Starter Theme includes a search box, social media icons, and post categories. But you can add anything you like here. For example, you might want to display a list of recent blog posts or an image linking to an affiliate partner.

You can also use SeedProd’s opt-in form block to collect email addresses to grow your list in your sidebar. The best part is that you won’t need any technical knowledge to do this.

Add an optin form to your sidebar template

Custom WordPress Theme Global CSS

By now, you’ve built out most of your custom WordPress theme without code. But there’s one more part you should look at to ensure everything is consistent right across your theme. 

Your Global CSS controls your theme’s global styling, typography, colors, and layout. So click Edit Design on that theme part to open it in the page editor.

SeedProd global css

As you can see, this page gives you control over your theme’s styling. In the left-hand panel are sections for:

  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Background
  • Buttons
  • Forms
  • Layout
  • Custom CSS

For example, you can open the Buttons section and choose a custom color. Then, that color will show up on every button in your theme.

Custom global theme buttons

You can do the same in the Fonts heading and assign a custom color for every link in your theme.

Customize your WordPress link colors

Tweak these settings until your theme looks how you want. Then click the Save button to store your changes.

Step 4. Connect Your Email Marketing Service

If one of your business goals is to grow your email list, you may have a sign-up form in your WordPress theme design. To add new contacts to your list, you’ll need to connect your form to your email marketing service.

SeedProd integrates with many popular email marketing services, including Constant Contact, Mailchimp, Drip, etc., and it’s easy to link to your account.

Edit any theme part and click the Connect tab at the top of the screen.

SeedProd email marketing integrations

Then, click any integration from the list and follow the on-screen instructions. Filling in your opt-in form adds users to your email list.

Step 5. Enable Your Custom WordPress Theme

Once you’re happy with the design and functionality, don’t rush to launch. Thorough testing across various browsers and devices is crucial to catching any unexpected problems before they impact your users.

Use SeedProd’s preview tool to test your theme across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Then, check it in browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Safari.

If everything looks good, you can go ahead and activate your custom WordPress theme.

To do that, find the Enable SeedProd Theme heading in the top-right corner. Then, switch the toggle to the “on” position.

Enable your custom WordPress theme

Your new theme will override your default theme. That way, you can see your customizations on the front end of your website.

That’s it! Your new custom WordPress theme is live on your website.

Here’s the homepage I created with a new header and footer on my test site:

Custom WordPress theme homepage

Here’s the blog page I made with a custom WordPress sidebar:

Custom WordPress theme blog page and sidebar

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a WordPress theme?

WordPress themes are template files written in PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Each file works together. They create the design and function of your WordPress site.

A typical WordPress theme will include some, if not all, of the following theme files:

  • footer.php
  • header.php
  • index.php
  • page.php
  • sidebar.php
  • archive.php

WordPress themes also include a functions.php file and a style.css file.

Can I create a custom WordPress theme without any coding experience?

You can create a WordPress theme without coding experience by using a theme builder like SeedProd. It provides a drag-and-drop interface and pre-built templates, which help you easily design your theme.

How do I export the custom theme I created with SeedProd?

You can export your WordPress theme as a .zip file using SeedProd’s import/export feature. Follow this guide to learn how to export a WordPress theme with SeedProd.

Create a Custom WordPress Theme Today

Forget everything you thought you knew about creating WordPress themes – SeedProd makes it fun, fast, and surprisingly simple.

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Get SeedProd: Grab a Pro or Elite plan to unlock the magic of the theme builder.
  2. Pick Your Perfect Look: Choose from a library of professionally designed templates, each with its own unique style.
  3. Make it Yours: Drag, drop, and customize every element until your website perfectly reflects your brand. Change colors, fonts, images, and more—no coding required!
  4. Grow Your Audience: Easily connect your favorite email marketing service and start building your list.
  5. Share Your Masterpiece: Hit publish and watch your website come to life.

Ready to unleash your inner designer? Get started with SeedProd today and create a website as unique as you are.

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Stacey Corrin Writer
Stacey has been writing about WordPress and digital marketing for over 10 years and on other topics for much longer. Alongside this, she's fascinated with web design, user experience, and SEO.

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