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Blogging 102 Getting Customized!
Choosing your theme • A Word. Press Theme is the design of your blog. Much like every magazine has its own unique design, so do blogs. – you can easily preview and activate standard themes from the Appearance > Themes area of your blog’s dashboard.
Choosing your theme Here’s an example of a “photo blog” format using the “Monotone” theme
Choosing your theme Here’s an example of a “news blog” format using a three-column theme
Choosing your theme • What is the goal of my blog? • What kind of vibe do I want to set for my readers? • Is my blog personal or professional? • Do I want to display wide-format photos, images or videos? • Do I want to customize my header? – The header is the big top area of the blog; some themes allow you to add images or design that header all on your own
How to activate your theme • When signed in, make your way to Appearance > Themes to browse the collection of Word. Press themes from your dashboard.
How to activate your theme • Select Feature Filters if you want to narrow your theme search by color, column number, width, or features.
Adding Widgets • After choosing a theme, you might want to further customize your blog by adding “widgets. ” Widgets are mini-applications that allow you to quickly and easily add content and special features to your blog’s sidebar. – Go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard. It’s worth exploring the Widget area and finding the ones you like.
Why Widgets? • You can… – add a Search button – add a link to your Twitter feed – add a widget that shows your most popular posts
Activate a Widget • Drag it from the main portion of the widget page, and drop it into the sidebar section on the right of the widgets page. • Adjust settings by clicking the down arrow. • Be sure to hit save and close when you’re done with a widget.
Bonus Round: Add a blogroll • Add a Blogroll by using the Links widget. • Go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard
Add a blogroll: create link categories • You can also create new link categories if you want to organize links by topic.
Resources • http: //learn. wordpress. com/ • http: //wordpress. org/support/ • http: //codex. wordpress. org/New_To_Word. Pr ess_-_Where_to_Start • http: //theory. isthereason. com/? p=499 • http: //wordpresshelp. org/
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