How to Change Background and Border in Thesis Theme

Normally thesis theme has no border and has background is in white color. Now you can change your site border and background as per your wish. By default the thesis theme has more options to change style of your webpage.

We know a theme has number of sections in its webpage display like header, navigation menu, content, sidebars, footer and etc. In order to get more visibility and attraction towards your site you need to customize your webpage each section with separate border. If you want you can change your section background.

In this tutorial I am going to give some code to segregate your webpage section. For this

  1. Login your word press admin.
  2. Goto ‘Thesis options’ in left sidebar of the dashboard.
  3. Under thesis options we have three options select the third ‘custom file editor’ option.
  4. Here we have options to edit three files cusom.css, layout.css and custom_function.php.
  5. Choose ‘custom.css’ file and enter ‘edit selected file’.
  6. Indside custom.css copy and paste the following code.

code for border change

/* border for whole site*/
body.custom {
    background: #44443f;
.custom #container {
margin-top: 0.9em;
margin-bottom: 0.9em;
padding: 0.3em;
background: #33332f;
border:0.3em solid #3e3e3a;
.custom #page {
background: #fff;

The above code you can change your site border width, color, margin and padding of the page container. If you want you can and footer and sidebar border by adding

.custom #footer and .custom#sidebar use similar coding and change your site as per your concern.

Finaly save the ‘custom.css’ file by clicking ‘Big ass save Button’.

Now check your site with better look.

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  • Tony M February 19, 2010, 9:04 AM

    Is this for the interior layout borders? Like the red you have? The code is a bit messed up in the yellow box though :)

    • Suresh February 19, 2010, 11:36 AM

      hai tony,

      where we have used red in fourblogger and yellowbox? i don’t understand what you are mentioning..tell me clearly..

  • Joseph Condron May 2, 2010, 3:02 AM

    Hi Pascal,
    I love your site the articles are very informative and have plenty of the necessary details.
    I think you may have inadvertently used the wrong video for you post. I think this video is about uploading a logo. You have an awesome site and quality articles. Keep up the good work.

    • Suresh May 2, 2010, 10:03 AM

      hai Joseph,,

      Thank you… just now i updated the the post with proper video..

      once again thanks for specifying our mistakes…

  • Bigwig August 21, 2010, 10:56 PM


    How do you reduce the border size, one of my sites has a left border bigger than the right border?


  • Curious Little Person October 4, 2010, 10:55 PM

    Thks, this worked perfectly

    Appreciate all the help you giving out here


  • Jill October 30, 2010, 4:07 AM

    Hi! I used the above code and changed my border around the whole page, however I want borders around each section of my blog just like this blog

    Can you tell me what code to use and where to put it?
    Thanks so much!!

  • Raj Hasan November 20, 2010, 8:43 PM

    Bunch of thanks to 4blogger. You help us to customize thesis very easily. Keep up good work.

  • Harley February 3, 2011, 10:53 PM

    How would I make my page and posts pages look like this?

    I can add a background as you have described , but how do I make all my pages
    utilize the background image as that site does with no ” white post space ” in it?
    I hope I have explained what I mean, not good at this stuff.
    YOur site is great though, has learned so much!

  • tori November 20, 2011, 11:52 AM

    Hi, I have been trying to put a border around my site using your code but nothing shows up. I aso tried changing the background color of the sidebar and nothing happened. I was able to do these things on another site that I made. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong or what it is about the site that is stopping it. Some of the site was set up by someone else, and he put some css into the custom css, is it possible that what he put is blocking the new stuff? What he put does not have any border or sidebar color so I don’t know why it would do that. Thanks.