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How to Add Color Presets to the WordPress Customizer (In 5 Steps)

In this article, you will learn how to add color presets to the WordPress customizer. Choosing a solid color scheme for your website can help strengthen your branding and demonstrate professionalism. However, manually adding specific colors every time you customize your theme can be rather tedious. One way to simplify the process is to add color presets to the WordPress Customizer.

In this post, we’ll explain what color presets are, and why you might want to use them when designing your site. Then, we’ll show you how to add them to the WordPress Customizer in five simple steps. Let’s get started!

The Benefits of Using Color Presets When Building WordPress Pages

The colors you use on your website play an essential role in your branding. Creating a consistent and cohesive look across your site demonstrates professionalism and credibility.

After you select your branding color palette, the next step is to use it across your posts and pages. Thanks to the WordPress Customizer, modifying the colors that appear in your content can be a simple process.

The default palette in the WordPress Customizer can be found below the color picker square:

The Color Picker in the WordPress Customizer.

The colored squares are your color presets. However, as you’ve likely noticed, the default colors don’t match your branding’s unique palette.

Furthermore, re-entering your branding’s hex color values every time you want to use them can be time-consuming. Fortunately, you can replace these boxes with your custom colors by inserting a few snippets of code in your theme’s file.

Adding your own color presets to the Customizer saves you time because it eliminates the need to search for and add the specific hex value each time you want to use it. Instead, your colors are readily available below the Customizer’s selector.

Creating color presets for your website also helps ensure that you are consistent across your website. This is especially helpful if you have multiple people contributing to your site. It minimizes the chances of users selecting the wrong hue.

How to Add Color Presets to the WordPress Customizer (In 5 Steps)

Now that we understand the benefits of using color presets on your site, let’s look at how to create them. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to add color presets to the WordPress Customizer in five steps.

Step 1: Create a Backup of Your Site

Adding color presets requires you to edit your theme’s functions.php file. Before getting started, we recommend backing up your website. That way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll have the previous version of your site files to restore.

There are a handful of methods you can use to back up your website. One of the easiest is to use a plugin such as UpdraftPlus:

The UpdraftPlus WordPress plugin.

This freemium tool lets you backup your site in just a few clicks. You can also choose from multiple off-site locations to store the files, including Google Drive and Dropbox.

Step 2: Create a Child Theme

If you make changes directly to your theme’s files, there’s a good chance they will get overwritten the next time the theme has an update. To prevent this, you should always create and use a child theme when adding custom code.

There are various ways you can go about this. For example, Beaver Builder comes with a child theme that you can install. If you’re using a different theme, you can also create a blank child theme. There are free WordPress plugins that can create a child theme for you. After you add a child theme, be sure to activate it at Appearance > Themes

Step 3: Add Code to Your Child Theme’s functions.php File

Once you’ve created your child theme, navigate to Appearance > Theme Editor in your WordPress dashboard. Make sure that the child theme is selected from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Note that if you don’t see Theme Editor in the admin menu, it might be that a security plugin has hidden it.

In the right-hand panel, locate the functions.php file under Theme Functions:

The WordPress Theme Editor.

Next, add the following code to the file:

//Change the Customizer color palette presets
add_action('customize_controls_print_footer_scripts', function () {
mode: 'hsl',
controls: {
horiz: 'h', // square horizontal displays hue
vert: 's', // square vertical displays saturdation
strip: 'l' // slider displays lightness
palettes: ['#91472c', '#6d775f', '#f9fffb', '#546a76']

With this code, you’ll be able to replace the boxes that appear below the color picker square with the preset colors you want to use.

Step 4: Change the Color Presets in the Customizer

Next, you can change, add, or delete hex colors in the palettes parameter. The number of boxes shown in the Customizer will reflect the number of colors you specify within this code.

Insert as many hex colors as you would like to include in your palette. When you’re done, click the Update File button at the bottom of the Theme Editor to save your changes.

Step 5: Preview Your Changes to Confirm That Your Color Presets Work

After you update your changes, the only thing left to do is to confirm that the color presets are visible in the WordPress Customizer.

To do this, reload your website page in the browser, then navigate to the Customizer. Under the color selector, you should see the hex colors that you’ve just added:

The updated color presets in the WordPress Customizer.

If the color picker squares and sliders aren’t behaving the way you want them to, you can vary the HSL parameters to adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness. If everything is as it should be, you’re all set!

You’ve now added your own color presets to the WordPress Customizer. You can return to your theme’s functions.php file to modify, add, or delete these colors.


When designing your WordPress website, you’ll likely want to use your brand colors throughout your pages and posts. However, manually adding them to your content can be time-consuming. Fortunately, you can create color presets to replace the default palette.

In this post, we showed you how to add color presets to the WordPress Customizer in five simple steps:

  1. Back up your site.
  2. Create a child theme.
  3. Add code to your child theme’s functions.php file.
  4. Change, delete, and add the color palette presets in the Customizer via the palette parameter.
  5. Preview your changes in the Customizer to confirm that everything is working properly.

Do you have any questions about adding color presets to the WordPress Customizer? Let us know in the comments section below!

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About Will Morris

Will Morris is a staff writer at WordCandy. When he's not writing about WordPress, he likes to gig his stand-up comedy routine on the local circuit.


  1. rifat hossain on April 4, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Great post, you made it really easy for beginners to understand this pretty tough topic. You have helped me a lot so I want to thank you.

  2. Fran on April 5, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    After it threw an error on my site I checked the code from the original page in the docs and saw that you left out the last line of code here:


    Once I added that in, everything was fine.

  3. John Moore on April 11, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Awesome! We’ve wished for customizer color presets for a long time. Not quite as easy as BB’s picker functionality, but this is an improvement.

    Piggybacking on what Fran said above, there is also a closure bracket at the end of the snippet, which will throw an error.

    Simply replace “ with `<?php });`

  4. Seth Gregory on May 6, 2022 at 9:12 am

    With the tutorial code, the picker does not show the currently selected color when activated. To work fully, replace
    var input_el = $(this).find(‘.color-picker-hex’).val();
    color: input_el,`
    and another set of closing `});` at the end.

    • John Moore on May 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      Awesome, that worked great, Seth!

  5. beemasenas on May 13, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Awesome! We’ve wished for customizer color presets for a long time.

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