How determine what CSS selector to use from my HTML source code?

Tags: html,css,wordpress,css-selectors

Problem :

The wordpress theme I've been using has been acting up so I'm trying my hand at editing my site using style sheets (I've 0 experience with html or CSS). I'm finding the googling process to discover the selector names I must use to edit each element within my site very time consuming so I've started looking at the source code to try and identify the selector I need.

For the example below I'm looking to change the signup form's button's background colour.

<div class="notif">
            <!-- Begin MailChimp Signup Form -->
            <div id="mc_embed_signup_appstage">
                <form action="" method="post" id="mc-embedded-subscribe-form_appstage" name="mc-embedded-subscribe-form" class="validate" target="_blank">
                                                    <input type="email" value="" name="EMAIL" class="email" id="mce-EMAIL_appstage" placeholder="Enter your email address" required />
                            <input type="submit" value="Notify me !" name="subscribe" id="mc-embedded-subscribe_appstage" class="button" />

So far using the selectors I have identified I've come up with this but it doesn't appear to work, is there a methodology for identifying the CSS selector from the HTML source code?

#notif input {
background: #1A1A18;

Apologies if this is overly naive, I've an app to launch for next week so I've had insufficient time to develop a thorough understanding of CSS.

Solution :

Have you tried to use the class the button has? i.e. .button

So it will be:

.notif .button {
    background: #1A1A18;

Your div has <div class="notif"> therefore you're CSS is invalid with the # You use . for classes and # for id's.


It's taking this stylesheet

Edit the background colours by line 76 or:

This is the class or input you want to edit:

.notif input#mc-embedded-subscribe_appstage{
    background: #1A1A18 !important;

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