So…You want a new theme for your blog? Is it time to spruce it up, re-design, and re-invent? It’s not as hard as you think it is. It is scary though to start fixing something you didn’t think was broke. I didn’t think mine was broke. However, over at Blogging 101, apparently these little tidbits need to be taken care of for today’s assignment.
I’ve been reading gobs of info on the subject of themes, how to customize and what is best for your needs. I have stalked lots – and I mean maybe a gazillion blogs today to take a peek at what other bloggers are using as their signature theme. I made a list, chose my top five, and started the process.
It was a little easier than I thought. Did you know that you can preview each theme you choose according to how your blog is already set up? Just hit that appearance button on the left of your dashboard. There it is – pretty close to the bottom. Then hit themes and a window pops up with multiple themes to choose from. Your current theme is the first one on the list. There is a search bar at the top if you know the name of the theme you want to look at. When it pops up, click preview and there you go! Your current blog in a new theme. How easy was that? Pretty easy I’d say.
There were so many options. Some didn’t have enough header space or no header at all. Others had no side bar or had a bar on the bottom. No featured picture for my post option – or at least not one I could find made me pitch that one out. After running through my list and then adding some more interesting ones to it I finally came to the conclusion that I think I wasn’t broke after all – just limping a little.
I loved my theme. By-the-way it is Liquorice. It was the third one I tried out when I first started WordPress and it has grown on me. It’s nice and fuzzy and warm like my favorite bathrobe. We connected and are attached at the hip…errr….maybe attached at the computer?
“But the assignment”, you say. “You have to do the assignment!”
My answer? “Fiddlesticks to that assignment! I’ll do one better and fix my limp.”
So I tweaked and I deleted and I added on. Background colors were changed numerous times. I’m seeing spots before my eyes! ( I did read once that lighter color backgrounds were easier to read, especially for old folks with old eyes!) Headers were changed and changed again and again. until I came up with the end result. I’ll probably change that header scene as the seasons change. Right now it is cold and dreary. Brrrrrr. Yes, it gets cold in Florida too. 😦 I have the perfect beach scene for the summer though! 😉
My site was looking better and better! I even added that Blogging 101 badge from the commons page on the
Blooging Blogging 101 course. You would think I could spell that word right after this week huh? I think I deserve this badge after the week I have had.
Alas, I have a problem with that badge! But I have faith and as soon as MichelleW or some other kind person gets back to me I am sure the problem will be resolved. For now you will have to look at this instead. So sorry. (see malfunctioning badge below)
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After all those countless hours working on this I fixed my limp (except for my badge) and I’m pleased with the results. I’m also glad I took the time to investigate other options.
What do you think? Did you get your WordPress theme changed today or were you as overwhelmed as I first was?