In case you missed it, WordPress release 3.4 included a very exciting new development: the Theme Customizer. This allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interfaceand customize the theme so it includes the colors, fonts, text — and pretty much anything else — they want.
WordPress 3.4 allows you to make extensive customizations to a theme, including colors, fonts, and text.
The purists out there may be throwing their hands up in horror — a WYSIWYG interface! Letting users alter themes themselves! Surely that opens the floodgates for the creation of thousands of ugly, messy WordPress websites? Well, yes, there is a risk of that. But more importantly, the Customizer means that if you’re developing custom themes for client websites, or themes for other developers to use, you have a whole new set of tools to play with.
With the Theme Customizer:
So, let’s start by having a look at what the Theme Customizer is and how it works for the user.
The Theme Customizer has been integrated into the Twenty Eleven Theme, so you can try it out using that theme. There’s a great video on the Ottopress blog showing you how the Customizer works with Twenty Eleven. Using it is simple:
The “Customize” link is right below the current theme’s description on the “Themes” page. Larger view.
The Customizer options are shown side-by-side with a preview of your website, so you can test the effect of changes. Larger view.
You can set your background image to tile, but not stretch. Larger view.
Another really exciting way to use the customizer is when previewing themes. If a theme has the Customizer built in, you can use it to make tweaks before downloading and activating the theme.
This demonstrates the Customizer in action with the Twenty Eleven theme, but what about your own themes? How would you harness this to add more functionality in themes you are selling or developing for clients?
So let’s take a look at how to implement Customizer in your theme, and how to add your own customization options.
from : http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/03/05/the-wordpress-theme-customizer-a-developers-guide/
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