How to Customize

There are three methods for adding customization to your website, these are: the DMS toolbar → Customize options; the Base Child theme, or the PageLines Customize plugin. Which customisation method you choose to use will depend on your comfort level and proficiency, which we'll go through in more depth below.

In this tutorial we'll show you how to start customizing PageLines DMS, using one of three methods, and recommend which tools you'll need to learn to make minor or advanced modifications.

Customization Method

There are three methods for adding customization to your website, these are: the DMS toolbar → Customize options; the Base Child theme, and, the PageLines Customize plugin. Each method applies to individual levels of skill -- based on your comfort level and proficiency, which we'll go through below.

DMS Customize Options

The PageLines DMS method is recommended to new users or users with limited HTML/CSS knowledge. PageLines DMS has two built-in options for customization, allowing you to add custom LESS/CSS, and scripts. If you wish to add nothing more than a few custom scripts and/or basic CSS/LESS to your website, then using DMS independently is the method for you.

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For more information about Customize Options in DMS, please click here.

PageLines Customize Plugin

The PageLines Customize Plugin is recommended for users who have moderate knowledge customizing sites using HTML/CSS and PHP. The plugin contains both style.css and functions.php files like a child theme, it also supports style.less, hooks and localizations with the creation of a language folder.

However, you're unable to override sections with the Customize Plugin, if you wish to do so, see The Base Theme method below.

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For more information about PageLines Customize plugin please click here.

The Base Theme

The Base Theme is considered the most advanced and professional method for customizing, as it supports custom CSS/LESS, scripts, hooks and the ability to override sections. Localizations and language file options are also supported with the creation of a language folder.

The Base Theme is a free child theme available from the PageLines Store which will never receive an update, as its been designed as a base for you to create your very own child themes, as well customizing PageLines DMS.

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For more information about the Base theme, please click here.

Learn the Basics

Theme customization is no easy task, especially if you're new to web programming. However, if you invest some time, you'll soon pick up the basics and things will start to do what you expect them to. You don't necessarily need a profound knowledge of web programming, but you will need to know the fundamentals of HTML and CSS to begin with.

We have compiled a list of websites to get you started:

Adding Code

Depending on your choice of customization method, adding custom CSS/LESS and scripts will vary. For a more detailed explanation, click the link below which represents your selected customization method.

Tools & Resources

Here are some useful tools and resources which will assist you in customizing PageLines DMS:

Local Development

Local development refers to the process of building a website from the comfort of your own computer, and not needing to be connected to the internet in order to run PHP and/or MySQL. By using applications such as the ones listed below you can essentially turn your computer into a temporary web server.

MAC OS X Windows
MAMP WAMP
XAMPP XAMPP
Zend Server Community Edition Zend Server Community Edition
EasyPHP

For installation support and further explanation, please view the documentation for each application.

Code Editor

All code starts with some type of code editor. The best editors strike a balance between usability, package syntax, and "get out of my way" editing.

These are a couple we recommend.

Web Developer Tools

When customizing PageLines DMS, using web developer tools is essential. Some are bundled with most modern web browsers. One of the included tools allows you to inspect the HTML structure, accompanied by the CSS rules used in the inspected element. These web developer tools also give you the ability to test and edit the CSS rules on the fly.

Below are some useful resources to get you started with the web developer tools:

We also highly recommend you check out the discover dev tools free course provided by Code School.

Online Training

There are a growing number of online courses teaching web programming in the comfort of your browser. We highly recommend signing up and take advantage of these services which offer training, video lessons, coding challenges, and screencasts.