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  1. doodlenoodlestuff
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    I am having a great deal of trouble creating a customized version of the Blix template for our blog "Doodle Noodle Stuff" Perhaps some of you who have more experience than me can answer some of my questions.

    Thanks,

    Gail

    1. How do you insert an actual calendar with a button that you can change every month and post events on? What we want to do is highlight the dates of events in red and then write an intro line about them below the calendar. The visitor can then click any of the intro lines and go to the events page. We want to call the events page “Doodle is going to . . . “

    2. How do you create widget buttons that do not appear on the Word Press widget section? For instance, we want to create a widget called “Doodle is reading . . . “

    3. How can you change the background colors on the menu bars?

    4. How do you insert pictures into the text, both from the web and from our Photo Gallery on our computer?

    5. How do you make sure text appears in the right location, and if we want to continue text on a different page, how do we do that?

    6. How do you activate Facebook, Twitter and RSS and relocate buttons for them to customize the blog? We also want to just show the small buttons for each social network, not the whole write up that Word Press puts in.

    7. How do we insert links to other websites? This would include thumbnails next to the link. How can we lift those thumbnails from the other sites, and do we need permission to create the links and use the thumbnails?

    8. Can we split the main section of the text portion into two separate parts (top and bottom), or do we need to change templates to accomplish that?

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

  2. How do you insert an actual calendar with a button that you can change every month and post events on?

    1. The only event calendar you can use on a free hosted WordPress.com blog is the Google calendar. The calendar widget automatically highlights only the dates on which you publish posts.

    How do you create widget buttons that do not appear on the Word Press widget section? For instance, we want to create a widget called “Doodle is reading . . . “

    2. You can use either an image widget or a text widget.

    How can you change the background colors on the menu bars?

    3. The only way to do that is by CSS editing via purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade.

  3. How do you insert pictures into the text, both from the web and from our Photo Gallery on our computer?

    4. See here for instructions for uploading images into posts, pages, and the Media Library.

    How do you make sure text appears in the right location, and if we want to continue text on a different page, how do we do that?

    5. Image alignment and splitting content.

  4. 6.

    How do you activate Facebook, Twitter and RSS and relocate buttons for them to customize the blog? We also want to just show the small buttons for each social network, not the whole write up that Word Press puts in.

    sharing icons.
    Facebook
    Twitter
    RSS
    RSS Links

    re: relocation and customization see my answer to 3

  5. 7. How do we insert links to other websites? This would include thumbnails next to the link. How can we lift those thumbnails from the other sites, and do we need permission to create the links and use the thumbnails?

    See Create a Blogroll and display links using a Links widget but it does not provide for thumbnails. If that's what you want you will have to manually create them in a text widget which will not automatically update.

  6. 8. Can we split the main section of the text portion into two separate parts (top and bottom), or do we need to change templates to accomplish that?

    See what I posted for splitting content in pages or posts in my answer to 5.

  7. You cannot build or use your own custom theme built from scratch at WordPress.com. The only themes we can use are those found here > Appearance > Themes
    This is a multiuser blogging platform. All blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template and we cannot access the underlying files and edit templates or themes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/editing-themes/

    There are two free themes, Sandbox and Toolbox designed to allow maximum flexibility for CSS editing and creating new “skins”. Toolbox is more modern and includes a lot of support for CSS3 and HTML5, so it is really only limited by your skills and knowledge.

    As you have CSS editing experience the upgrade will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but will not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. It does not allow you to remove footer links to the theme designer or to WordPress.com. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes at WordPress.COM. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-css/

    See also > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: The Differences > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

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