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How Do I Customize a WooCommerce Theme?

Last updated on October 1, 2022 @ 11:39 pm

WooCommerce is a popular eCommerce platform for WordPress websites. It is a plugin that can be installed on top of a WordPress site to turn it into an online store.

While there are many WooCommerce-compatible themes available, sometimes you may need to customize a theme to better suit your needs. In this article, we will show you how to customize a WooCommerce theme.

When it comes to customizing a WooCommerce theme, there are two things you can do: make changes to the existing CSS styles, or create a new child theme and make your changes there.

If you just want to make some small changes to the style of your WooCommerce store, then you can do so by editing the CSS styles. To do this, you will need to access the “Additional CSS” section in the Customizer.

Simply go to Appearance > Customize and then click on the “Additional CSS” tab. Here you can add your own CSS rules that will override the existing styles.

However, if you want to make more significant changes to the design of your store, then it is recommended that you create a child theme. This will allow you keep your changes even if you update the parent theme.

To create a child theme, you will need to create a new folder in your WordPress directory (e.g. /wp-content/themes/my-theme-child/) and add two files:

PRO TIP: If you are not a developer, or are not comfortable with code, do not attempt to customize a WooCommerce theme. You can break your site, and cause serious problems. Only attempt to customize a WooCommerce theme if you know what you are doing, and are comfortable with code.
  • style.css: This file will contain your custom CSS rules.
  • functions.php: This file can be used to add custom functions or override functions from the parent theme.

Once you have created these files, you can activate your child theme by going to Appearance > Themes. Your child theme should now be listed here. Simply click on the “Activate” button to activate it.

Now that your child theme is activated, you can start making changes to it. All of your changes should be made in the style.css file.

Once you have made your changes, save the file and upload it to your server. Your changes should now be visible on your website.


Customizing a WooCommerce theme is relatively easy and can be done either by editing the CSS styles or by creating a child theme. If you just want to make some small changes, then editing the CSS styles is probably all that you need to do. However, if you want to make more significant changes, then creating a child theme is recommended.

Dale Leydon

Dale Leydon

Sysadmin turned Javascript developer. Owner of 20+ apps graveyard, and a couple of successful ones.