WordPress plugins help with extending the functionality of your site and performing advanced digital work with minimal effort. However, knowing how to edit HTML in WordPress, as well as your site’s other source code, comes in handy in a variety of situations.
Let’s say your site is attacked with malicious malware or you update a plugin and it crashes your website. Perhaps you simply want to make some advanced customizations. In any of these instances, WordPress coding may be the next step. Fortunately, there are many ways you can go about it.
In this post, we’ll walk you through the various ways you can access and edit the source code of your WordPress website, as well as how you can modify your WordPress theme without coding. Let’s get started!
In This Article 🗂️
- Why It’s Important to Know How to Edit Your WordPress Source Code
- How to Edit HTML in WordPress
- Getting Started With Editing the Source Code of Your WordPress Theme
- How to Edit Your WordPress Source Code via the Theme Editor
- How to Edit Your WordPress CSS
- How to Edit Your WordPress Source Code via FTP (In 4 Steps)
- How to Edit Your WordPress Theme Without Coding
- Wrapping Up
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Why It’s Important to Know How to Edit Your WordPress Source Code 👈🏻
By default, WordPress is an extremely intuitive and user-friendly platform. There are many ways to customize and change your site without ever touching a line of code thanks to themes and plugins.
Technically, you don’t need to access any of your website files or code to have a fully functioning and well-designed site. The WordPress dashboard, plugins, and themes all make tweaking and personalizing your site quick and easy
However, there are times when you may want to implement more control and perform advanced customizations. Perhaps the change you’re looking to make isn’t an option with the theme or plugins you’re using
Another possibility is that your site crashes or experiences some other error that prevents you from accessing your admin dashboard. You’ll likely need to edit your WordPress source code in order to troubleshoot the problem
How to Edit HTML In WordPress 💻
First things first: let’s discuss how to access your HTML code in WordPress. Note that making changes to your site’s code always presents some risk. Editing your HTML is relatively safe compared to other techniques we’ll discuss in this post, but it’s still smart to proceed with caution and create a backup first.
How to Edit HTML In the WordPress Classic Editor
If you want to add or edit the HTML of a WordPress page or post, you actually don’t need to access the source code of your website. In the Classic Editor, all you have to do is move from the Visual editor to the Text editor on the back end. This will show the HTML working behind the scenes:
From the Text editor, you can access, change, and update the HTML on any page or post with just a few clicks. You can view your changes at any time by toggling back to the Visual editor. When you’re done, be sure to save your post or page.Editing your site’s HTML is pretty straightforward. Learn how to make simple changes to your site’s code on our blog! #WordPress 👍CLICK TO TWEET
How to Edit HTML In the WordPress Block Editor
If you’re using the Block Editor (Gutenberg), switching from the Visual editor to the Text editor (or Code editor) requires a few more steps. However, you also have multiple options available for editing your HTML, including making changes to the entire page or post, or for individual blocks.
To edit the HTML of the entire page or post, click on the three vertical dots located in the top-right corner of the editor, then select Code editor:
This will open the WordPress HTML editor. To switch from the Visual editor to the Text editor within a specific block, click on the three vertical dots in the block toolbar, then select Edit as HTML:
Another way to add HTML to a page or post is to use a Custom HTML block:
You can write your HTML code directly in the block, then click on Preview to see how it will look on the front end:
When you’re done, save your changes to your post or page.
How to Edit HTML for Your Homepage in WordPress
What about editing the HTML on your homepage? In some themes, the homepage acts as its own individual page. Therefore, the process of editing its HTML is the same as that described above. Simply choose the relevant page from the list in your dashboard: