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Once you purchase the Custom Design upgrade , it’s very easy to get started with editing your blog’s appearance. To begin, simply go to Appearance -> Custom Design in your blog’s dashboard. Then click on the CSS tab: The CSS Editor will then load:
With the Custom Design upgrade, you can make your blog look and feel exactly the way you want. Easily customize the fonts in your theme with fonts from Typekit , instantly change your blog’s personality with our stunning and intelligent color palettes, and dive into CSS ( Cascading Stylesheet ) to make all the presentational changes you desire. Custom Design is a paid upgrade that costs $30.00 per blog, per year. The Custom Design upgrade replaces the Custom CSS and Typekit fonts upgrades. You can find the Custom Design section in Appearance → Custom Design in your dashboard. After you click on “Custom Design” , the Custom Design welcome screen will load:
Because of the way WordPress.com’s technical infrastructure is designed, we are not able to support uploading of custom WordPress themes on our service. However, there are several options if you would like to change the theme of your blog: Several of the over 210 themes on WordPress.com have customization options to change the colors, backgrounds, layouts, and header images. Learn how to activate a new theme here. You can purchase a Custom Design upgrade for your blog, which allows you to edit the look and feel of any WordPress.com theme.
An avatar is an important part of your online representation of yourself, usually a picture of you that shows up in places where you leave comments or forum posts. What is a Gravatar? On WordPress.com, we use Gravatar to associate an avatar with a user’s account. If you’ve set up a Gravatar , it will be displayed when you post to the forums or comment on a blog, and it may also appear if your blog is featured on a tag page .
Several of the themes at WordPress.com allow blog authors to decide what format each of their posts should be displayed as. The use of this option is completely free, and you do not need to purchase the Custom CSS Upgrade in order to change post formats. Supported Themes Here is the official, current listing of all themes that support post formats.
When a visitor browses to a WordPress.com blog on a mobile device, we show special themes designed to work on small screens focusing on fast load times. Depending on your current theme and the type of mobile device, you will see one of the mobile themes. Mobile-ready theme + rich browser on modern mobile devices : If you are using one of the themes that are smartphone-ready , that’s what you will see on rich browsers on iPhone, Android, and other smartphones and tablets. Non-mobile theme + rich browser on modern mobile devices : If your current theme is not smartphone-ready, the standard WordPress.com mobile theme is displayed on modern mobile devices. Any theme + older devices: To all other devices, you will see a version of the WordPress Mobile Edition theme.
WordPress.com’s collection of beautiful and amazing themes continues to grow with the introduction of Premium Themes , featuring intricate designs, exciting options for customization, and exclusive support directly from the theme authors themselves. Where to Find a Premium Theme You can find and preview Premium Themes in two spots: on our WordPress.com Theme Showcase and right in your WordPress.com dashboard. On the Theme Showcase you’ll find detailed information about the special features each theme offers along with a link to a special demo site that lets you cruise through it and get a feel for it. Check out our current stock of Premium Themes on the Theme Showcase . If you’re in your dashboard you can see all of our Premium Themes under the Appearance page by clicking on the Premium link above the Theme Viewer.
After publishing a new blog post, you may notice some strange formatting errors on your blog’s front page. Review the following article for how to identify the cause of the problem, and more importantly, how to fix it.
WordPress.com associates an Avatar with your email address. Once you configure your avatar, you’ll see it when you post to the forums , when you comment on blogs, and with any post displayed in WordPress.com’s community features. Here are some examples of how we display avatars on WordPress.com:
Customization is a good thing. Many of the themes on WordPress.com feature an option which allows users to upload their very own custom image header to obtain a much more personalized look and feel. The use of this option is completely free, and you do not need to purchase the Custom Design upgrade in order to change your header (as long as you’re using one of the themes that includes the option, of course). Go to Appearance -> Header in your blog’s dashboard. If you do not see the option, this means that your current theme does not support the use of a custom image header. Please refer to the list of supported themes at the bottom of this page.
Blavatar is a term we came up with by combining Blog and Avatar. Blavatars are used in a number of ways. It will be displayed as the favicon for your blog, which shows up in a browser’s address bar and on browser tabs. It will show up in the comments section of a blog if you send out any pingbacks .
A blog is a type of website that shows that newest content at the top of the page. A blog can also be one part of a website with multiple pages. On WordPress.com, you can easily add pages and other goodies to your blog in seconds.
If you have a theme that supports the Custom Menus feature , you can customize your navigation menu.
Overview A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying, unifying design for a blog. WordPress.com currently has a very diverse collection of over 210 gorgeous themes (and we’re always adding more!), which you can browse in the Theme Showcase . To activate a theme, visit Appearance -> Themes in any blog’s dashboard.