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Zero to Hero: Day Fifteen

  1. NOTE: Zero to Hero forum threads will close after five days. If you're just starting out, welcome! Feel free to visit a more recent thread to say hello, ask questions, or seek feedback. Happy blogging!

    Welcome to Day 15, the second half of Zero to Hero!

    Today, you'll learn more about how your blog's visuals -- colors and fonts -- change the feeling of your content, so you can learn how to most effectively present your content. If you'd like to publish, there's also a prompt at the end of the assignment. Learn more on the Zero to Hero main page.

    Use this space as a place to ask questions and seek feedback from fellow bloggers, or just to talk about blogging, why you're here, and how your month is going.

    Please refrain from posting links to your blog unless you're seeking feedback -- this is a place for discussion. Irrelevant comments and spammy links will be deleted. Instead, give your posts the "zerotohero" tag to enable other participants to find you.

    The Daily Post has a weekly open thread on Sundays called "Community Pool," for peer feedback. If you're looking for general feedback on your blog or feedback unrelated to this challenge, please visit that thread.

  2. tomfromtechnoteamblog
    Member

    Am I correct in saying the new themes being added to WP.com have Theme Options available as well as the Customizer?

  3. Some do have additional features and some do not.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/theme-options/
    133 Theme Options WordPress Themes
    These themes have optional layouts, color schemes, and more.

    You need to consult each detailed theme description and look at the Features list in the right hand column on the page. Example: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/responsive/

    See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/

    Mostly on themes, formatting, coding, tweaks and workarounds.
    Based on or springing from my contributing in the wp.com forum.
    Theme-related posts constantly updated ✶
    Premium themes and Annotum not included

  4. I want to find out what bloggers use on sidebars. Are they just for decoration, or do they get you clicking? Also, what have you got on your own sidebar? So I created a page with a survey to find out. It is a space to discuss sidebars: what works for you? Please visit and do the polls. All comment's welcome.

  5. @tomfromtechnoteamblog, some do, yes. If yours does, you'll see "Theme Options" as a tab within the Customizer.

  6. If you have not purchased the custom design upgrade note that no changes you try out aside from those such as Custom Background, Custom Header, etc. which are stated on the theme description pages in the features column (right hand side) will be visible to visitors.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/custom-fonts/

    You do not need to load the design tools unless you have the Custom Design upgrade. All of these functions can be accessed from your dashboard - without loading the custom design tools - no upgrade required.
    Appearance > Header
    Appearance > Background
    Appearance > Theme Options (applicable only to some themes)
    Settings > Reading (set a static front page)
    Site Title and Tagline > Settings > General

    If you are using the preview mode for the Custom Design upgrade some of the settings in that mode will save but they won't show up on the front end unless you purchase the upgrade.

    To go back to the free options, go to Appearance → Themes → Customize → Colors and click the "exit the preview" link in yellow at the top of the panel on the right.

  7. Love this assignment! I have spent hours playing with fonts and colors . . . so here I go again!

  8. tomfromtechnoteamblog
    Member

    @michelleweber and @timethief I think that all of the new themes being added to WP.com should have Theme Options available whenever possible.

  9. And- here is a useful line of code to put in a line or two from another font:

    < pre style="font-family: Pristina; text-align: center; font-size: 30px; color: #ff0000;" > ♥♥♥ < /pre >

    I put in spaces after the < signs, or it would make the code.

  10. @tomfromtechnoteamblog
    The first answer I probvided above was the result of searching the Themes forum and typing "them options" into the searchbox.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/theme-options/

    The second answer was located by using the forum tag search feature and typing in "theme customizer".
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/theme-customizer

    I see you answering support questions on these forums and my original advice to create a private test blog, lurk for 3 months and only post answers you can back up with links to correct answers provided by Volunteers, Staff and support docs still stands.

    Unless or until you become adept at search and backlinking to the correct answers previously provided you will be unable to keep pace with the other Volunteers. This is a peer support forum and at present the experienced Volunteers are in the unenviable and annoying position of not only answering threads themselves but also tailgating you into every support thread you post into, to make sure those who ask it get the correct and detailed answers backed by reference links.

  11. @tomfromtechnoteamblog

    I think that all of the new themes being added to WP.com should have Theme Options available whenever possible.

    Please post your individual suggestions into the Ideas Forum in individual threads only please http://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/ideas#postform as that's where Staff go to review them. My advice is to please focus on your blogging rather than focusing on re-designing how WordPress.com operates.

  12. Kinda off topic a little. I have been playing with themes, colors, etc and finally settled on one I like. In reviewing it earlier, I realized that all of the tags are gone. Where did they go???? I love the exercises, and do them when I have time...sometimes not in the order of the days. I have learned a great deal about blogging, but I want my tags back!!!!

  13. tomfromtechnoteamblog
    Member

    @timethief I've being taking your advice and I have started my own test blog and confirm that my answers are correct before I submit them. For nearly every single answer I submit to the forums I include a Support doc to make sure that nobody gets confused or anything like that. I'll go ahead and submit that Theme Options suggestion into the Ideas forum now.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  14. I'm also going to post this because it's inevitable that there will be beginners who are not clued into the fact that WordPress.com is not Blogger and we cannot just click buttons and change fonts. WordPress.com sells annually renewable custom design upgrades for font changes.

    You cannot change the font family size or color on size of any titles without a custom design upgrade. If you have coding skills and are into fiddling about with fonts on each and every post you make by using the Text editor (HTML editor) then you can change it in the body text in posts and pages.

    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 Text ie. HTML editor. http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/formatting-text-pt-5/

    (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/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#custom-fonts

    Many themes have custom headers and custom backgrounds and a logo is simply an image that can be included in a featured image header. Some themes have custom colors but there is no color filter per say in the Themes Showcase.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/custom-header/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/custom-background/
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/custom-colors/
    More detailed list here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/color-customisable-themes/

    re: custom color palettes
    Eight free themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo, now offer free color palettes you can apply.

  15. @cindieb
    You assign your own categories and/or tags to each post before you publish it.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/

    All reasons for non-appearance of posts on WordPress.com Topics ie. Categories and Tags pages can be found here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/topics/#missing-posts
    The rule of thumb is to assign the least, not the most, combined number of only relevant categories and tags that accurately describe the post content.
    For tips on tagging see > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2013/03/15/quick-blog-post-tagging-tips

  16. @birgerbird
    LOL :D You have an annually renewable custom design upgrade, right? I love playing too and the cool thing for those who don't have the upgrade is they can play in preview mode. That in turn "hooks" at least some into reaching for their wallets and purchasing the upgrade.

  17. Hi everyone. So I've changed the fronts around from the standard that come with StudioPress' Eleven40 Pro and I'd like some feedback. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks!

    http://www.beingsaintjoseph.com/

  18. @timethief exactly. I just changed my fonts and colors. But it's not yet noon. We'll see how many I go through before the end of Day 15. I've been positively influenced by watching the other bloggers' blogs change and morph.

  19. I'm kinda a sucker for customizing. I always pick the themes that use custom backgrounds and headers. My inner artist yearns to be free!

  20. Feeling fickle. My blog looks busy to me . . . . I would love to get rid of the photo sidebar but I don't think it's customizeable or deleteable with my theme. Also is there any way to on my home page as it appears now (I realize I can set my "home" page to another page) to have less past posts (in summary with the photo) appear beneath the latest post? I tried in the settings to include "1 post" but not sure what happened. . . . One thing I did that I liked was change my front page to be my recipe page, it eliminated the photo sidebar . . . but the photos and text look totally weird and not aligned when they appear on the recipe page. patiently and enthusiastically trudging the happy road of blogging destiny . . . .

  21. @birgerbird
    I'm sorry but I'm having a very busy day at work and don't have time to answer your questions in detail.

    I would love to get rid of the photo sidebar but I don't think it's customizeable or deleteable with my theme.

    What does detailed theme description say here? http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/ideation-and-intent/ There is no option to remove it stated there and CSS editing cannot be used to change how any theme is designed to function.

    My recommendation is choose another theme to customize. Try a 2 column one http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/two-columns/ I favor responsive layout themes that adapts the display in accord with the device being used to view the theme.
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/responsive-layout/

    My Screen Resolution is 1024 x 768
    My browser size is Browser Size 1024 x 559

    I strongly dislike the theme you are using now. Those who are on screens the size of mine at 17 inches and less get a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of it ie. we cannot see the theme at full width without using it.

  22. I love tweaking my blog. That's what I love about WordPress is all the options you have to change settings. I don't have the upgrade but maybe I'll think about getting it. It doesn't seem like my theme has any other ways to change my font. I do love my theme the way it is, however.

  23. @timmyj01
    The only ways to change fonts are explained up here > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/zero-to-hero-day-fifteen?replies=22#post-1601346

  24. @timethief for some reason your honesty just made me laugh out loud!!!! thank you. Now, let me get to work. appreciate the feedback and will get back to the forum at the end of the day.

  25. @timethief
    I took your advice and added the "More" tag to my post today and its really cool that way.
    And of course you know I changed my theme and added a custom banner. Cleaned up my side bar, took out several widgets as it had that cluttered up look to it.
    Also, a question for you?
    I emailed WordPress support almost a week ago (still no response) and wanted to know with the Premium upgrade, does that include hosting the blog? (lame question I know)
    Thank you!

  26. @birgerbird
    I rein my honesty every day because the world full of special snowflakes, presumably raised by politically correct parents so they expect to hear only nurturing, encouragement and supportive comments their whole lives long. Even even when they are over 30 years old! (for frap sake) they still can't handle honesty, let alone, constructive criticism without posturing as victims and passively aggressively attacking those who post honest responses. They claim it takes a village but they refuse to acknowledge that folks like me ie. blunt - direct - honest and not easily manipulated, are members of that global village. Poor wee things - psssst -
    pass me the flamethrower .. lol :D

  27. @easygoingmama

    I emailed WordPress support almost a week ago (still no response) and wanted to know with the Premium upgrade, does that include hosting the blog? (lame question I know)

    Yo! Posting questions here on the support m forums means you get a quick answer as we Volunteers have been here a very long time, longer than most Staff have been on Staff.

    ANSWER: All WordPress.com blogs are free hosted blogs. Why do you think your need a bundle of premium upgrades? See here for details of all 3 plans http://store.wordpress.com/bundles/

    Note that none of the plans allow you to run advertising or to upload your own themes or plugins. WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for eCommerce transactions. If you need a site that requires a custom theme or plugins — e.g., if you want to be able to sell things directly from your site, or if you want to install discussion forums — a self-hosted WordPress site might be right for you.
    Comparison here > WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

  28. Actually, this is something I've been meaning to revisit but have been putting off. I have bought the custom upgrade thingy and rather lazily, found something I was happy with and left it at that. For instance, I use a dark grey, not black for the main body of the text as I find it less harsh plus if you roll over my headings, they turn pink. WhenI changed themes as part of the earlier zero to hero challenge, I updated my fonts too as I'd not changed in years. I was so sceptical but I love how they look now! The font for my blog title is spookily similar to my handwriting which is a fun fact I love :D I'm deffo going to play and see what I can do now. I suspect the fonts will stay the same but the pink might get updated plus I am redoing my recipe page and that might need some new CSS coding. It's about time I flexed my skills there again!

    Happy blogging everyone :D

  29. themadmuslimah
    Member

    Is it worth me buying the upgrade if i am brand new to WordPress? Would it be a waste of money?

    What do you guys think about the color scheme on my blog? http://thatmadmuslimah.wordpress.com/

    Feedback is most welcome :)

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