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  1. Hi I recently started my own wordpress site and I am having problems with the titles of my pages. My site is far from finished and I am just designing it at the moment. The titles are all in capitals such as "HOME" when I just want the page news to say "Home" and not all of the page names fit in one one with some positioned underneath other names of the pages. My website is: http://www.football247now.com you will see on the website what my problem is. Any help with these issues would be great thanks! Any professional layout suggestions or anything else would also be much appreciated.

    The blog I need help with is football247now.com.

  2. The titles are all in capitals such as "HOME"

    That cannot be changed unless you purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and do the required CSS editing to change the font.

    and not all of the page names fit in one one with some positioned underneath other names of the pages.

    To create dropdown menus from Pages to sub-pages you can create a custom menu, add your pages and sub-pages to it and order them as you wish.

  3. So I cannot have all of the page titles positioned in one line together? Using another theme for example etc.

  4. I'm sorry that I misunderstood you. To have all page titles fit on one line one would have to have a theme that has a font size for page titles that will accomodate them all in one line. That may, of course, preclude adding other pages in the future without reducing the font size again.

  5. Ok thanks and no problem how can I reduce the font size of the page titles though? And what themes would be able to accomodate all of the pages to fit on one line. My website is http://www.football247now.com once again. Thanks!

  6. These are 3 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 all font families, colors and sizes throughout the whole blog by purchasing an annually renewable Custom Design upgrade and using Typekit Fonts with Staff support. http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    Note: A few themes do provide for changing font color in the Blog Title and/or optional Tagline and/or links. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/color-customisable-themes/ In the majority of themes font changes to font families, colors and size in the blog title, tagline, menu, post titles, page titles, categories and tags, widget headings, comments, and links cannot be done without CSS editing.

  7. You can with the custom design upgrade and some changes to the CSS, but there is limited width for the menu. When you exceed that width with your menu items, it goes to a second line. You can't put 50 feet of stuff in a 20 foot space.

    The other thing is, no two browsers will render text and web pages the same, so it might be all on one line in, say, Safari and Firefox, but in Internet Explorer it goes to two lines. So even if you make the adjustments to get everything on the same line, it might not be that way in all browsers, and it also depends on how the preferences are set for fonts in a person's browser. If someone increases the font size in their preferences, it can push your menu to a second line.

    This is just part of what we have to put up with on the web.

    If I give you the code necessary to put all your menu items on one line, you probably aren't going to be happy with it since the spacing will be so tight that you won't be able to tell one menu item from the next. They will all run together. If I adjust the padding and decrease the font size so that the individual menu items are easy to discern, then the font in the menu will become unreadable, so that will have to be changed to something with a narrower stroke.

    It can be done, but there are a number of changes that would have to happen to do that. If you want to change it, you will need the Custom Design upgrade, or try some different themes with smaller and less heavy fonts for the menu.

  8. Also how do I create sub titles as with titles such as Premier League for example I will need to have the names of various clubs underneath this. Such as Premier League: Arsenal, Newcastle etc. all underneath the page so users can click on the club they wish to view information on. And how can I create banners onto the page? Thanks for all your help!

  9. Create the custom menu as timethief suggests and add those teams as submenu items.

  10. ~~thesacredpath
    Yo. You said that so well. tx :)

  11. Ok thanks for your help both of you! :) But how can I create banners for the site and include things in such as facebook and twitter icons to encourage people to use the social media to further promote the site?

  12. Dashboard->Settings->Sharing.

    "Banners?" Define banners. Ads? Headers? Sub-headers?

  13. And by banners I mean things like ads that sort of thing.

  14. How can I create ads and banners for my site please?

  15. There is only one advertising program called WordAds at WordPress.com and it’s for blogs on their own domains. This is the homepage for the WordAds program: http://www.wordads.co/ There you will find the application page as well as FAQs.

    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/wordads/

    http://wordpress.com/apply-for-wordads

    Aside from a blog being accepted into WordAds, no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work or products created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.com blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.com
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Refer to > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  16. As I am paying £26 a year for the wordpress service I use with the domain name and private registration etc. can I run lets say one ad at some point from someone like sportdirect.com for example if interest in my site is high and they would like me to run a small ad on my site for them? Can I also sign up to things like google ad words and wordads at the same time? Any other forms of advertising I can have seeing as I have paying for the domain name and hosting etc.

  17. Also how do I create the submenu items to place underneath the main page titles such as Premier League with teams such as: Newcastle, Arsenal etc. needed to be placed under this??

  18. Could you please get back to me on the above...

  19. From the domain mapping support page:

    Important Notes Before Upgrading

    Advertising: While a blog must have a mapped domain in order to qualify for WordAds, the Domain Mapping Upgrade does not otherwise permit advertising on your blog.
    Same Terms of Service: The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not permit the use of any kind of prohibited code or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service.

    To have submenu items in most themes, you have to create a Custom Menu.

  20. Ok my domain has been mapped a service which was included in the annual costs stated by wordpress. So basically what you are telling me is I cannot let other companies or anyone else advertise on my site. The only form of advertising I can have is WordAds and nothing else correct? And thanks for your previous help :)

  21. That's correct and it's what I clearly stated above. There is no blogger initiated advertising allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.

  22. Yes I was just making sure thanks for all your help both of you! :)

  23. Final questions do I really need categories for my site? As you can place pages under the main title page. For example on my website the Barclays Premier League Page has clubs such as Arsenal underneath it so is there any need to categories things in the appearance menu etc. Also one adding posts onto the site how do I get these pieces onto the pages they relate to such as Premier League, Arsenal theres a tick box thing on the side before you post something on wordpress isnt there? Which would enable the post to go onto the premier league and arsenal pages only correct? My website is http://www.football247now.com by the way. Thanks, sorry for the bother!

  24. Not all themes provide drop-adowns to sub-pages natively. There are two approaches you can use.
    Page Order - Page attributes module order numerically rather than alphabetically http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/page-attributes/#order
    This approach is for use by those who only want to have Pages.

    The second approach is to create a custom menu. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Tags pages and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. . If you have a custom menu then you must establish consistency. Check the Pages sub-pages themselves to see if you have established a Parent page and child page “hierarchical structure” in the page attributes module. Remove if required.

    Also remove any “order” numbers you have assigned that may conflict with the order you are creating by dropping and dragging. Or simply change them so they are the same order as you establish in the menu. Establish consistency – problem solved

  25. I have created a custom menu but I haven't created any categories when I created the page arsenal I was able to shift it to the right on the custom menu enabling it to appear under the Premier League section so I dont need categories or anything then as it seems to be working this way simply with the theme I am using. But when doing it this way once new posts are up will the tick options be available for the pages and I could just tick arsenal and premier league for example if its a piece that relates to this league and club?

  26. Pages bloggers create are static pages and the software does not post anything at all to them ever. Dynamic pages like Categories pages are created by the software when we assign categories to a post and publish it. Posts do automatically appear only on the dynamic pages created by the software.

    Here’s a link to a custom menu walkthrough > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/

    There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  27. So what are the custom links and tags for then?

  28. I'm sorry but I'm not willing to invest any more time into this. Tag pages are dynamic pages just as Categories pages are.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-tag-pages-and-posts-to-your-menu
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

  29. Ok no problem you have provided me with plenty help now thanks.

  30. No kidding. I was about to suggest that I would be sending you an invoice for my services. ;) lol

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