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  1. i'm a little disappointed that i have to pay $15/year JUST to be able to change my font size. is there not a different way to to do this other than changing it in every post? i mean, i imported my blog from blogger and i am NOT about to go through every post and put a line of html code -__-

    The blog I need help with is ratedblaahh.wordpress.com.

  2. Are you familiar with CSS? If not, I would not recommend buying the CSS upgrade. There is no official support and little peer-to-peer support in the forums.

    Free options: Have you tried Typekit with your blog (may or may not do what you want)
    http://blog.typekit.com/2009/12/22/customize-your-wordpress-blog-with-typekit-fonts/

    Or maybe a different theme with a larger font? Here is a list of themes and their main text font sizes. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/main-text-font-size-compared/

  3. i am familiar with css but i can't justify paying yearly simply because i want to change my font without having to change my entire theme. tried typekit and i hated it. well, that's not entirely true. i liked the way the text looked for my header but for the body they are ENTIRELY too small and look like crap. i really LOVE my theme, i just wish i could change the font. oh well, i guess i'll suck it up if there's no other way.

  4. thesacredpath
    Staff

    Upgrades here are not free because wordpress does not have a sugar daddy to support them. Blogger does: Google. Blogger scabs onto the Google servers all over the world and it doesn't even make a tiny blip in Google's costs.

    WordPress.COM has to pay their own way. All the bandwidth, the servers, the datacenters, and all the support and developer personnel. All that has to be paid for somehow.

  5. I don't concider changing the font size and style to be an upgrade. If I knew that I had to pay for a simple feature like this, I would have stayed on blogger. I have been told from other bloggers that wordpress is in fact better so I'm hoping to I guess, learn the functions and take advantage of the features that are available to me. But I am dissapointed to say the least...

  6. @mlleczarina
    The Features are found here > http://wordpress.com/features/
    There is a tutorial here > http://learn.wordpress.com/

    And do remember that the reason people come to blogs is to read content.

    There are 4 ways to change fonts on wordpress.com blogs.
    (1) Changing font families, colors and size in text in posts or pages either post by post or page by page by coding into the HTML editor. http://en.support.wordpress.com/editors/font-size-color/

    (2) Changing font colors in text in posts or pages either post by post or page by page using the #4 icon (Select text color – change the text color) in Row 2 the Visual editor. http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#row-2

    (3) Changing font families (not colors or sizes) using TypeKit Fonts. http://typekit.assistly.com/customer/portal/articles/6840-using-typekit-with-wordpress-com

    (4) Changing all font families, colors and sizes throughout the blog by purchasing an annually renewable CSS editing upgrade and doing the work yourself. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-css/ Any font changes to font families, colors and size in the blog title, tagline, post titles, page titles cannot be done without CSS editing.

  7. @mlleczarina The original poster was looking to change the overall size of her blog's body font without having to edit each imported post. If you are talking about writing new posts, then all the above solutions that timethief has given will work.

  8. At WordPress.com, changing font sizes and tinkering with the appearance of your blog are not considered basic features.

  9. er, rain, not to be contrary, well, OK, yes, there are plenty of themes that allow you to tinker with their appearance for free, like changing their background and header. And with a little more work, imagination and some HTML you can do a lot more for free Just saying.

  10. That's true. Look at all the fuss the staff makes when they introduce a theme with those features. If they were basic, they'd be in all themes.

    I'm saying that things here are set up to discourage tinkering in order to encourage blogging. That may or may not be by design, but it's the default.

  11. okay, so basically there is no way LOL. i understand that the focus should be on the content, i just wish i had more options without paying. i absolutely LOVE typekit, but most of the fonts look really microscopic when i tried to apply them to my blog. that's why i was asking about increasing the font. oh welll, aside from that, i really like wordpress, so i'll take that one loss.

  12. @raincoaster,

    I'm saying that things here are set up to discourage tinkering in order to encourage blogging. That may or may not be by design, but it's the default.

    Very true. There's a difference in "can do" and "want to do" every time. Although customizations are possible in a free wordpress.com blog, some tasks can feel like a chore if done regularly.

    @mlleczarina,
    I don't concider changing the font size and style to be an upgrade.
    Well, wordpress.com does, whether we like it or not.

  13. @jazema: Since you're considering changing theme, you'll find this post useful:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/main-text-font-size-compared/

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