Tag Archives: WordPress Blog

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 theĀ  “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.

Add Twitter Widget to WordPress Blog

Displaying Twitter posts on a WordPress Blog is as easy as adding the Twitter widget to the WordPress blog.

Login to your WordPress blog and click on My Dashboard.

On the left hand panel of My Dashboard click the small triangle down arrow just to the right of “Appearance” to open the Appearance menu.

Find Widgets and open the Widget menu with a click.

Find the Twitter widget on the list of Widgets.

Click and HOLD and drag the Twitter Widget over the the side panel of your My Dashboard and drop the Twitter Widget in the location of the list of other Widgets that appear there. When you drag the Twitter Widget to the right you may not see anything in the right hand column. “Bump” the dragged Widget against the top of the window in order to push (scroll) higher in the window. Keep bumping until you arrive at the place to drop the widget.

Answer the questions that are asked by the window that appears after you release the Widget with your mouse.

See the previous blog for a video of finding and selecting widgets.