A friend has transferred over from windows live to wordpress, some of her pages in Windows Live were styled white font on black background. Somehow during the transfer it managed to keep the white type but not the black background - rendering the page unreadable. How can you either a) change the background to black ... or b) change the font to black - as white on white isn't very user friendly!
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transfer from windows live, text colour?
There are two approaches that can be taken. The first is to select a theme that has the background color and font color you want here > Appearance > Themes. There you will find that you can search themes by features.
Dashboard Theme Search Utility Feature Filters
You can use the search utility and Feature Filters in your Dashboard > Appearance > Browse Themes > Feature Filters to locate themes of interest to you. (A-Z, Popular, Features)
Each theme has a thumbshot and a features summary description. You can browse and when you find one of interest you can click “Preview”. When you are ready to make your selection you can click “Activate”.
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If you are accustomed to changing font styles, sizes and color, and background colors (images) by clicking buttons as can be done on Blogger (blogspot) blogs and other blogs then wordpress.COM blogs are different.
Re: Changing font colors and size
1. We wordpress.com users can change font sizes and colors on our posts and pages, a post and a page at a time. http://en.support.wordpress.com/editors/font-size-color/
Re: Changing font colors
2. We can also use the number 4 icon in the Visual editor o to change colors > http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#row-2
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Re: Changing font families throughout the blog
3. We can use TypeKit Fonts to change font families throughout our blogs > Appearance > TypeKit fonts
You may not like the fonts in your wordpress.com theme but it’s important to know that regardless of which fonts you may wish to choose to jazz up your blog with your browser and your visitors’ browsers can only use the fonts installed in the same computer. Obviously not every visitor to your blog will have the same fonts installed in their computers, so you can immediately see that problems will arise unless you choose to use common fonts. If a reader does not have a specific font installed on his / her computer, the browser will determine which font is displayed. There are a very limited number of fonts (in English/Western languages) which are common for most operating systems/computers/browsers.
Also note this walk through article on how to use Type Kit with your WP.com blog. http://getook.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/typekit-guide-change-your-fonts/ and this link as well http://typekit.com/help/wordpress
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Re: Changing font families, colors and size and changing background colors on themes throughout the blog vis CSS editing
4. We cannot access the templates underlying ourr wordpress.com blog themes and edit the underlying php and html. However, if we choose to pay for an annually renewable CSS upgrade and undertake CSS editing then we can change font families styles and colors throughout the entire blog.
This annually renewable paid upgrade is NOT recommended to those who do not have at least a moderate understanding of both HTML and CSS, as there is no Staff support for it, and precious little Volunteer support, which means you are expected to be able to work independently.
There is also a preview function found here > Appearance > Edit CSS so you can try before you buy.
Many thanks timethief, She isn't familiar with CSS so will recommend one of the other steps, thanks again for the time you took to reply so comprehensively.
You're welcome and send your friend my best wishes with her blog. The easiest choice for her to make is to choose a dark (black background> theme with a light (pale gray or white) font color. We Volunteers are willing to help those making this transition and so are Staff. The support documentation is found at this link > http://en.support.wordpress.com
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