Default WordPress Theme Customizer Controls

I’ve recently been messing around with the WP Theme Customizer a bunch and have been looking for the names of all the default settings, sections, and controls. I found them in a file in the wp-includes folder:

/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-manager.php

The various default section names, setting names, and 'priority' are listed below.This is mostly useful if you’re trying to simply rearrange the position ('priority' => 20) of some options, or want to rename some of them like so:

$wp_customize->get_section( 'nav' )->title = __( 'Menus', 'theme_slug' );
$wp_customize->get_control( 'blogname' )->priority = 10;
$wp_customize->get_setting( 'background_color' )->default = '#169A70';
  1. Site Title & Tagline ('title_tagline'), 20
    1. 'blogname'
    2. 'blogdescription'
    3. 'display_header_text'
  2. Colors ('colors'), 40
    1. 'header_textcolor'
    2. 'background_color'
  3. Header Image ('header_image'), 60
    1. 'header_image'
    2. 'header_image_data'
  4. Background Image ('background_image'), 80
    1. 'background_image_thumb'
    2. 'background_repeat'
    3. 'background_position_x'
    4. 'background_attachment'
  5. Navigation ('nav'), 100
    1. "nav_menu_locations[{$location}]"
  6. Widgets ('widgets'), 110
  7. Static Front Page ('static_front_page'), 120
    1. 'show_on_front'
    2. 'page_on_front'
    3. 'page_for_posts'

The code specifically for 'widgets' is located in:

/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-widgets.php

The full code for the default Theme Customizer settings is here:

 /**
 * Register some default controls.
 *
 * @since 3.4.0
 */
 public function register_controls() {

 /* Control Types (custom control classes) */
 $this->register_control_type( 'WP_Customize_Color_Control' );
 $this->register_control_type( 'WP_Customize_Upload_Control' );
 $this->register_control_type( 'WP_Customize_Image_Control' );
 $this->register_control_type( 'WP_Customize_Background_Image_Control' );

 /* Site Title & Tagline */

 $this->add_section( 'title_tagline', array(
 'title' => __( 'Site Title & Tagline' ),
 'priority' => 20,
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'blogname', array(
 'default' => get_option( 'blogname' ),
 'type' => 'option',
 'capability' => 'manage_options',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'blogname', array(
 'label' => __( 'Site Title' ),
 'section' => 'title_tagline',
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'blogdescription', array(
 'default' => get_option( 'blogdescription' ),
 'type' => 'option',
 'capability' => 'manage_options',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'blogdescription', array(
 'label' => __( 'Tagline' ),
 'section' => 'title_tagline',
 ) );

 /* Colors */

 $this->add_section( 'colors', array(
 'title' => __( 'Colors' ),
 'priority' => 40,
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'header_textcolor', array(
 'theme_supports' => array( 'custom-header', 'header-text' ),
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-header', 'default-text-color' ),

 'sanitize_callback' => array( $this, '_sanitize_header_textcolor' ),
 'sanitize_js_callback' => 'maybe_hash_hex_color',
 ) );

 // Input type: checkbox
 // With custom value
 $this->add_control( 'display_header_text', array(
 'settings' => 'header_textcolor',
 'label' => __( 'Display Header Text' ),
 'section' => 'title_tagline',
 'type' => 'checkbox',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( new WP_Customize_Color_Control( $this, 'header_textcolor', array(
 'label' => __( 'Header Text Color' ),
 'section' => 'colors',
 ) ) );

 // Input type: Color
 // With sanitize_callback
 $this->add_setting( 'background_color', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'default-color' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',

 'sanitize_callback' => 'sanitize_hex_color_no_hash',
 'sanitize_js_callback' => 'maybe_hash_hex_color',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( new WP_Customize_Color_Control( $this, 'background_color', array(
 'label' => __( 'Background Color' ),
 'section' => 'colors',
 ) ) );


 /* Custom Header */

 $this->add_section( 'header_image', array(
 'title' => __( 'Header Image' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-header',
 'priority' => 60,
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( new WP_Customize_Filter_Setting( $this, 'header_image', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-header', 'default-image' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-header',
 ) ) );

 $this->add_setting( new WP_Customize_Header_Image_Setting( $this, 'header_image_data', array(
 // 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-header', 'default-image' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-header',
 ) ) );

 $this->add_control( new WP_Customize_Header_Image_Control( $this ) );

 /* Custom Background */

 $this->add_section( 'background_image', array(
 'title' => __( 'Background Image' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 'priority' => 80,
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'background_image', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'default-image' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( new WP_Customize_Background_Image_Setting( $this, 'background_image_thumb', array(
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 ) ) );

 $this->add_control( new WP_Customize_Background_Image_Control( $this ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'background_repeat', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'default-repeat' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'background_repeat', array(
 'label' => __( 'Background Repeat' ),
 'section' => 'background_image',
 'type' => 'radio',
 'choices' => array(
 'no-repeat' => __('No Repeat'),
 'repeat' => __('Tile'),
 'repeat-x' => __('Tile Horizontally'),
 'repeat-y' => __('Tile Vertically'),
 ),
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'background_position_x', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'default-position-x' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'background_position_x', array(
 'label' => __( 'Background Position' ),
 'section' => 'background_image',
 'type' => 'radio',
 'choices' => array(
 'left' => __('Left'),
 'center' => __('Center'),
 'right' => __('Right'),
 ),
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'background_attachment', array(
 'default' => get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'default-attachment' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'custom-background',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'background_attachment', array(
 'label' => __( 'Background Attachment' ),
 'section' => 'background_image',
 'type' => 'radio',
 'choices' => array(
 'scroll' => __('Scroll'),
 'fixed' => __('Fixed'),
 ),
 ) );

 // If the theme is using the default background callback, we can update
 // the background CSS using postMessage.
 if ( get_theme_support( 'custom-background', 'wp-head-callback' ) === '_custom_background_cb' ) {
 foreach ( array( 'color', 'image', 'position_x', 'repeat', 'attachment' ) as $prop ) {
 $this->get_setting( 'background_' . $prop )->transport = 'postMessage';
 }
 }

 /* Nav Menus */

 $locations = get_registered_nav_menus();
 $menus = wp_get_nav_menus();
 $num_locations = count( array_keys( $locations ) );

 $this->add_section( 'nav', array(
 'title' => __( 'Navigation' ),
 'theme_supports' => 'menus',
 'priority' => 100,
 'description' => sprintf( _n('Your theme supports %s menu. Select which menu you would like to use.', 'Your theme supports %s menus. Select which menu appears in each location.', $num_locations ), number_format_i18n( $num_locations ) ) . "\n\n" . __('You can edit your menu content on the Menus screen in the Appearance section.'),
 ) );

 if ( $menus ) {
 $choices = array( 0 => __( '— Select —' ) );
 foreach ( $menus as $menu ) {
 $choices[ $menu->term_id ] = wp_html_excerpt( $menu->name, 40, '…' );
 }

 foreach ( $locations as $location => $description ) {
 $menu_setting_id = "nav_menu_locations[{$location}]";

 $this->add_setting( $menu_setting_id, array(
 'sanitize_callback' => 'absint',
 'theme_supports' => 'menus',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( $menu_setting_id, array(
 'label' => $description,
 'section' => 'nav',
 'type' => 'select',
 'choices' => $choices,
 ) );
 }
 }

 /* Static Front Page */
 // #WP19627

 $this->add_section( 'static_front_page', array(
 'title' => __( 'Static Front Page' ),
 // 'theme_supports' => 'static-front-page',
 'priority' => 120,
 'description' => __( 'Your theme supports a static front page.' ),
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'show_on_front', array(
 'default' => get_option( 'show_on_front' ),
 'capability' => 'manage_options',
 'type' => 'option',
 // 'theme_supports' => 'static-front-page',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'show_on_front', array(
 'label' => __( 'Front page displays' ),
 'section' => 'static_front_page',
 'type' => 'radio',
 'choices' => array(
 'posts' => __( 'Your latest posts' ),
 'page' => __( 'A static page' ),
 ),
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'page_on_front', array(
 'type' => 'option',
 'capability' => 'manage_options',
 // 'theme_supports' => 'static-front-page',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'page_on_front', array(
 'label' => __( 'Front page' ),
 'section' => 'static_front_page',
 'type' => 'dropdown-pages',
 ) );

 $this->add_setting( 'page_for_posts', array(
 'type' => 'option',
 'capability' => 'manage_options',
 // 'theme_supports' => 'static-front-page',
 ) );

 $this->add_control( 'page_for_posts', array(
 'label' => __( 'Posts page' ),
 'section' => 'static_front_page',
 'type' => 'dropdown-pages',
 ) );
 }

Author: Aaron

Aaron Snowberger is an experienced web developer, graphic designer, and educator in ESL and computer technology. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Master's degree in Media Design, and professional certifications for React (JavaScript) development, and as a Google Certified Educator and Trainer. Aaron is passionate about helping new learners discover the joys of technology, and has presented across the country at multiple local, national, and international conferences in both the ESL and web development fields. His most recent talk was given at the 2019 JSConf (JavaScript Conference) in Seoul on September 3, 2019. (https://2019.jsconfkorea.com/en/tutorials)

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