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Jetpack Custom CSS

Yes, there are 12 other places you can put your custom CSS. But this one is easy … and color coded.

Jetpack’s Custom CSS module is a great place to store the quick bit of CSS. Or, if you’d like, you could put most of your CSS in there. At least it’s there as an option if you’d like it.


  • Easy-to-use CSS area right in your WordPress admin
  • Backups!
  • Color coded!
  • Line numbering
  • Error checking


  • Running yet another Jetpack module
  • Another place to remember to check if you put some custom CSS
  • If you have multiple designers and/or coders working on the site, they now also have a few places to look for code updates. Although, a bit of communication can solve this.

Other places to put your CSS

In case you were wondering where else one might put CSS …

  1. Your (child) theme’s main style.css file
  2. Your parent theme’s custom.css file
  3. If using a theme like Canvas, there’s a field where you can put CSS (not as friendly to use, just a simple box)
  4. Create a separate CSS file
You don’t have to use it, but it’s nice that it’s there. Plus, it’s a nice little editor.

Hard-core coders probably wouldn’t use this. But if you’re on WPU, you’re probably not a hard-core coder. In fact, one of the foundations of this site is seeing how much we can accomplish without hard-core coding. If you want custom sites built from scratch, head over to some pros who do just that.

Yes, you also have to have a Jetpack module running, but if you have a fast WordPress host, that should all be moot.

Need a place to put your CSS code directly from the WordPress admin? Got that.

Need a place to put your CSS code directly from the WordPress admin? Got that.


8 Responses to Jetpack Custom CSS

  1. Jessica December 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Another big pro is that you can use a preprocessor such as Sass! Super handy.

    • Bradley Charbonneau December 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      OK, Jessica, you just went over my head … but I’m going to go check out what you’re talking about. ;-)

      • Jessica December 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

        I promise its not a big jump. Sass just speeds up writing css. Takes a lot of the repetition away. You can define variables – such as colors that you use over and over, and you can write nested elements ( ).

        In Jetpack custom css you select Sass from the preprocessors, and you put in your Sass code and then jetpack will convert it to CSS for you. :)

        • Bradley Charbonneau December 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

          Oh I just have to choose from a drop-down menu? That sounds as easy as … configuring and design in Canvas. ;-)

          • Jessica December 10, 2013 at 12:14 am #

            Yep :)
            Have a play with it, any css you currently have is still valid Sass, you can add as much or as little Sass code on top of that as you want.
            I’ve been using the jetpack css editor in conjunction with your clean canvas ;-)


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