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CSS Hero Review: WordPress Design Customization Made Easy

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If you are one of the many beginners who want to customize your WordPress site design without touching CSS, then you are in luck.

The CSS Hero plugin for WordPress allows you to customize the design without touching a single line of code.

In this updated CSS Hero review, we will show you how to use CSS Hero to customize your website and why we believe it’s one of the plugins every WordPress beginner should try.

Reviewing CSS Hero, web design tool for WordPress

Our CSS Hero Review

CSS Hero is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to design your own WordPress theme without writing a single line of code (no HTML or CSS required).

You can undo changes quickly, which is extremely helpful for beginners. All changes are saved as an additional stylesheet, so you can update your WordPress theme without worrying about losing the changes.

You will find CSS Hero equally good if you are a designer or developer. It works well with all popular WordPress themes and frameworks. You can quickly change a theme or child theme and export it to a client’s website.

CSS Hero can save you time and frustration when making design customizations.

CSS Hero vs. WordPress Page Builders

CSS Hero is a design tool and not an ideal solution for creating landing pages or making a custom WordPress theme from scratch.

It works with your WordPress theme and allows you to customize CSS without writing CSS code.

On the other hand, a WordPress page builder plugin allows you to create landing pages and customize layouts regardless of which WordPress theme you are using.

Pro Tip: If you want to make landing pages, sales pages, product pages, and more, we recommend using SeedProd. It is the best WordPress page builder plugin, allowing you to design high-converting and beautiful pages for your website quickly.

How to Use CSS Hero to Customize Your WordPress Theme

First, you need to install and activate the CSS Hero plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

It is a premium WordPress plugin with pricing starting from $29 for a single site (totally worth the investment, considering the time and hassle it will save you).

You can use the CSS Hero coupon code: WPBEGINNER to get a special discount of 34% Off. If you buy the PRO plan, the same code will get you a 40% discount.

You will be redirected to get your CSS Hero License key upon activation. Follow the on-screen instructions, and you will be redirected back to your site in a few clicks.

CSS Hero aims to provide you with a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface for editing your theme.

Simply visit your WordPress website while logged in, and you will notice the CSS Hero button in the WordPress admin bar.

CSS Hero button in WordPress admin toolbar

Clicking on the button will convert your site into a live preview.

You will now be able to see the CSS Hero editor. It has a top and bottom toolbar, a left column, and a live preview of your website.

CSS Hero user interface

Next, take your mouse over to an element that you want to edit, and CSS Hero will highlight it to indicate where you are.

Clicking on it will select that element and show its properties in the left column.

Properties you can edit for an element

These will include common CSS properties for the selected element, like the background, typography, borders, spacing, and more.

You can click on any item to expand it and then edit the CSS properties using a simple user interface.

Background properties

As you make changes, the custom CSS magically appears below.

If you are learning CSS, then you will find it helpful to see how different CSS changes are applied with the result in the live preview.

CSS code preview

Having trouble finding royalty-free images for your website?

CSS Hero also has a built-in Unsplash integration, allowing you to browse, search, and use beautiful photographs in your website’s design.

Unsplash integration

CSS Hero also comes with some ready-made snippets that you can apply to different elements on your website.

Switch to the ‘Snippets’ tab in the left column, and you will see a bunch of common elements listed there.

Use snippets

You can click to select an element, and CSS Hero will show you different style variations.

Click on the ‘Set Params’ button to edit a style you like, and then click the ‘Apply’ button to add it to your theme.

Apply a snippet style

As you make changes to your website, CSS Hero will autosave those changes but not publish them.

To apply these changes to your live website, click the ‘Save and Publish’ button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Save and publish your changes

How to Undo Changes in CSS Hero

One of the best features of CSS Hero is the ability to undo any changes you make at any time.

CSS Hero keeps a history of all the changes you make to your theme. Simply click on the history button in the CSS Hero toolbar to see the list of changes. This button looks like a small clock.

History revisions

You can click on a date and time to see what your site looked like at that time. If you want to revert to that state, save or resume editing from that point.

This doesn’t mean that changes you made after that point will disappear. They will still be stored; you can also revert to that time. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

But what if you only want to revert changes you made to a particular item?

In that case, you don’t need to use the history tool. Click on the element you want to revert to an earlier version and then click the ‘Reset’ button.

Reset edits for an element

This will change the item back to the default settings defined by your WordPress theme.

Customizing Your Site for Mobile Devices in CSS Hero

The most challenging aspect of web design is device compatibility. You need to ensure your site looks equally impressive on all devices and screen sizes.

Web designers use various tools to test for browser and device compatibility. Lucky for you, CSS Hero comes with a built-in preview tool.

Simply choose from mobile, tablet, and desktop devices in the top toolbar. The preview area will change to your selected device. You can also toggle between ‘Edit’ and ‘Navigate’ modes to hide other toolbars.

Preview on different devices

Switching to the ‘Edit’ mode will allow you to edit your site while previewing it for mobile devices. This tool is handy for tweaking your theme’s design for mobile and tablets.

CSS Hero Theme Compatibility

The official CSS Hero website has an ever-growing list of compatible themes. This list includes many of the best free WordPress themes.

It also has the most popular premium themes from shops like Astra, Divi, CSSIgniter, Themify, StudioPress, and more.

What About Themes Not on the Theme Compatibility List?

CSS Hero comes with a feature called Rocket Mode Auto-detection. If you use a theme not included in the theme compatibility list, then CSS Hero will automatically start using Rocket Mode.

Rocket Mode tries to guess the CSS selectors from your theme. This works perfectly most of the time. If your theme follows WordPress coding standards, then you will be able to edit almost everything.

You may also want to contact your theme developer and ask them to provide compatibility with CSS Hero.

Which Plugins Are Compatible With CSS Hero?

CSS Hero is regularly tested with top WordPress plugins for compatibility.

These include contact form plugins, popular page builders, WooCommerce, and others.

If you are using a WordPress plugin that generates an output that is not editable by CSS Hero, then you can ask the plugin author to fix that. They don’t need to do much to provide compatibility with CSS Hero.

For more details, see our guide on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.

We hope that you found our CSS Hero review useful. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on improving WordPress speed and performance for beginners and our comparison of the best WordPress page builders to design your theme and website pages without using CSS.

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48 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Syed Balkhi says

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    Thank you the post. You have made it really simple with this plugin to customize WordPress site. I will really try CSS Hero sometime.

  3. Ralph says

    I had 3 websites for over 10 years on wordpress and I never touched CSS. I tried as I had to fix something that i couldn’t do in theme builder but that never turned around good. All tutorials were super complex and didn’t really help people who are not familiar with coding.

    Good to know there are alternatives now that can help less tech savy people to do what they just want to do, without learning new skill just to fix few small thing.

  4. Frank Biganski says

    I have nearly ten years’ experience with WordPress and somewhat knowledgabe with CSS. I cannot write it but I can implement it with help.

    I purchased the CSS Hero plugin as they state it will work with LearnPress LMS plugin. However, after giving it a go, I found the plugin does not work with the LMS.

    I spoke with my very experienced theme developer (WPExplorer) and he stated, in short terms, the LearnPress plugin is complexly and somewhat poorly written, which will make the CSS Hero plugin not function properly.

    CSS Hero states a 30 day money back guarantee however after contacting them twice, and two weeks later, I still have not heard back from anyone at CSS Hero.

    Just beware about the warranty as it seem I will have to try and contact my credit card company and try to cancel.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for sharing your experience, just to be safe please be sure that any messages they may have sent are not caught in your spam folder.


  5. Richard says

    I just started up a new website and have been crazy frustrated with the inability to customize themes very much. A lot of the controls are locked behind paying for a theme, but I’m not even sure if I like the theme enough to risk paying for it because I can’t edit everything enough. Will CSS Hero let me sidestep buying themes and edit the free versions?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the customizations you are looking for, CSS hero will certainly help you customize your site without the need for a paid theme. You may want to take a look at their demo page on their site to see what the plugin is able to do.


  6. Michael says

    Amazing how good this is in the review. Maybe it’s got something to do with all of the affiliate links that you’ve got peppered throughout it to make referral money from it?

    I’m not saying that the plugin isn’t good, but these sort of reviews are hard to take seriously. If it was really good you could say so, but saying that it’s good on the same page as trying to make money from selling it makes it seem like a very big paid editorial advertisement for this plugin.

  7. Art says

    I’m a little confused as to why you would use CSS Hero with a theme builder like Elementor or Divi other than seeing the code that is use for a certain element. Am I missing something?

  8. Jon Seager says

    Hi thanks for letting me be the first questiner. Still have broblems showing them w/o the image box on the main page but on the single product page I was able to ditch the image then sqoosh the placehold off the screen to the left. It didn’t really squoosh but it did allow the text to start at a more respectable starting point.

    I would still love to speak to someone that has enough free time to allow me to hire on a task based relationship. I could use some help making a better searchbar with to and from date and then some plus much more work to do and could use a partner to divie up the tasks and work together.

  9. Samuel Lin says

    Hi, found wpbeginner is really helpful for beginner as I am.
    One of the subsite under my multisite had installed with Affinity theme which we love very much.
    But when we added Buddypress plugin, the display of buddypress group admins and mods is wasting a lot of space especially on mobile

    Can we modify the layout of BP under Affinity using CSS Hero?

  10. Erik says

    Hello there,

    is this plugin compatible with Slider revolution (5.4) and Visual Composer?
    It could be a faster way in working with this – than with the others… in some cases.

    Love to hear from you!

  11. AnnaD says

    I’ve perchased this plugin but can’t use it: CSS Hero isn’t active
    but I can’t finf the way where can I activate it …

  12. Enn says

    Very nice overview and the plugin itself looks really useful. I have downloaded the CSS Hero, but not able to start it up on my computer. Is this plugin meant for Mack only?



  13. Jerry says

    I just recently discovered WPB. Though I have been a WP site maintainer for several years i find that I am learning something new every time i view one of your tutorials. Thanks. I appreciate your efforts.

  14. Al says

    Will this plug in remove the menus on a Pavillioin theme, one of the standard WordPress themes? I see how it is kind of like firebug in that you can identify the part of the code you want to change but this plug in will actually allow you to change it without knowing code, right? But will it remove the menu instead of changing color or location or whatever.


  15. Anthony says


    I purchased a wordpress theme from theme forest and uploaded the theme to my wordpress builder. The site is being hosted by inmotion hosting. My question is, since i am using the wordpress site builder to work on my site, after I install the plug in for CSS Hero, will that button still appear on the top right of my site so i can edit the content when im using the wordpress web builder? or do i have to host my site to have that capability? i dont think it matters if someone else is hosting my site correct? as long as im using the wordpress builder? little ignorant to this and so im learning as I go. Thanks

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Anthony,

      If your theme follows the standard WordPress coding best practices then you will be able to use it with CSS Hero without any problems. If you cannot, then please contact your theme’s support.


  16. Derek says

    I have have just returned to a wordpress site to update but the CSSHERO plugin does not work even though it is visible on the page. Nothing happens when I hover over content even though CSSHero seems to be active. The plug in active (V 2.1) but I noticed that the current version is 2.3 but no notice to update?

  17. THE VIP says

    Isn’t it is same as Chrome Dev Tools….I didn’t found any considerable differences b/w CDT n CSS hero….

    BTW coupon code is not working for me too ???

  18. Jitka Hruzova says

    I have Yuuta free theme. atm, I need this to be able to modify size, of my logo on the website ( using jetpack is terrible, it inserts the logo but it is a small and I can modify size or anything) is it going to work for me?

  19. Juergen | webbeetle says

    I followed the link and came to page with “Pricing Plans”… A big no-no for me! I understand that this is the most efficient way for any business to make money, but I have no plans to subscribe to any “plan” – other than my website hosting (where I stopped to be a “loyal customer” when the service and load times aren’t right).

    • CSS Hero says

      There is no automatic subscription – you can renew every year if you want plugin updates – but the product WILL continue to work where it was installed – without paying each year.

  20. Tom says

    Purchased your plugin, the first site i tried it on WordPress Stella Magazine Theme……didn’t fly.
    I’m disappointed
    What can we do ?

  21. Tom Tortorici says

    If you’re changing the properties of, say, h2, can you change it for just one instance or one page, or can it only change all the h2’s throughout the site?

  22. Saurabh Chatterjee says

    Is it free ? if not, is there is any other visual css editor like this , which is free of cost ?

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