Changing the Theme Details

Quick tutorial on how to change the name, description, author, and tags of your WordPress theme. I also go over how to add a screenshot for the WordPress theme.


  1. Open the style.css file in your WordPress theme
  2. Edit the top portion of the commented section to anything you would like. Here is what our demo looks like:

  3. Create a new image that is 880×660 and named screenshot.png. Overwrite the current screenshot.png in your WordPress theme files
  4. Done!

Notes from the Video

Here is a link to the WordPress codex that goes over the theme stylesheet. Here is a link to the WordPress codex that goes over the theme screenshot.


Please let me know what you think of this tutorial and if you need help with anything.

  • Great Tutorial. I was so happy to brand my first child theme back in the day. Great reference for newbies that don’t like reading through the drab codex.

  • Helen Burrows

    Hi, loving the tutorials I’m learning so much. Just one question, if you want to change the name of the theme, do you have to change the site name in the php files? It works in MAMP, but doesn’t when ftp’d into my own servers. Cheers 🙂

  • Helen Burrows

    Just for clarification, I called my theme first, and in fuctions.php there is code that references the site eg function first_scripts() . If you do have to change all theme references, is there a quick easy way to do it? Cheers

    • The easiest way would be the name the theme over at when you are generating the theme in the advanced dropdown. Since the theme is already generated you will need to find and replace anything you want to change throughout all the files. The ‘Getting Started’ section on their github page goes over this find and replace process. You can find it here:

      • Helen Burrows

        Thanks for the prompt reply, I think I’ll generate a new theme and go over tutorials again. It will be a good reinforcement of what I’ve already done.