Tag Archives: blog techniques

Changing WordPress Theme and Custom Header

THEME

Choosing the WordPress theme that displays blog content in the best possible design is of primary importance.

To preview and then activate any one of over 77 themes provided by WordPress, log into WordPress, go to “My Dashboard,” then scroll down the left hand panel and open the  “Appearance” menu.

Select and click on “Themes” to preview 77 themes (the number of themes provided by WordPress as of the date of this post).

Blog Garage is now displayed in a theme that presents the posts in serif type for the body and sanserif type style for the heads.

There are thousands of themes that can be downloaded from numerous web sites. Here is a video that describes how to find, download, and install themes other than those provided by WordPress.

CUSTOMER HEADER

A photograph was chosen from the Dill photo archives and uploaded into the blog. This is accomplished using the “Custom Header” tool that appears in the “Appearance” menu.

First make or acquire a .JPG photo with dimensions of 770 wide x 200 high (pixels). Save that photo some place on the computer’s hard drive that can be easily located.

Click open the “Custom Header” tool and follow the WordPress instructions for inserting and cropping the photo.

For details about the photograph that is displayed on the Blog Garage website see the “About” page of the Blog Garage.

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Blog Widgets

Becoming familiar with the names and purposes of various blog tools and using these tools effectively will result in blogs that attract and hold readers.

Widgets are the building blocks that bloggers use to build WordPress blogs.

Blog widgets are blog tools that are provided to perform specific programming functions. Widgets are a subset of software plug-ins.

A software plug-in is a computer program that performs a precise function and must be attached to (plugged into) a larger program in order to provide that function.

A widget is a plug-in that provides a specific function that can be selected and added by users of a program. In this case bloggers are the users of WordPress blogs. Bloggers select and add widgets to their blog programs.

When a blogger chooses to launch a WordPress blog they have a selection of 997 widgets.  Here is a link to the directory of WordPress widgets:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/widget

There is a widget for every function a blogger may need. Here is a list of often used widgets that can be placed on sidebars (sidebars are the columns of widgets that appear on the left, center, or right of the blog post area):

  • Categories
  • Calendar
  • Links
  • Search
  • Pages
  • Tag Cloud
  • Text
  • Video posts

If a function is desired that does not appear on the WordPress widget list, use Google and search the Internet. There is a high probability that a programmer has written the widget and may offer it free or for very little money.

Here is a WordPress video demonstrating how widgets are plugged into a WordPress blog:
http://wordpresstraining.com/videos/customize/working-with-wordpress-widgets/

Here is a link to a video that demonstrates how to use a widget to change the image of the banner of a blog:
http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoafMiT4.html

Please direct questions and suggestions to the comment section of this blog.

Welcome! Doors and windows now open

The Blog Garage is now open.

The information presented in this blog will explain the complexities of the blog world to bloggers that are not software programmers.

This blog will examine the useful tools and techniques of the blogging world and explain them in ways that will help non-technical bloggers in their quest for readers and revenue.

Bloggers! Bring your questions, problems, and success stories to the Blog Garage.