Help customize my theme….basic question

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  • #1159449

    normand99
    Member

    So, I have started my blog and selected the theme “Chateau” – http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/chateau/

    I really like the theme, but was curious if there was something I could fix without buying the custom theme upgrade option. If I have to buy it, that is not a problem, but I just don’t know how to fix this issue (even if it was free, or if I had bought the upgrade).

    So here is the blog I am talking about: http://thetraditionalfreemason.wordpress.com/

    There are several formatting issues that I really dont like and am hoping I can fix:

    (1) The text within a block quote is a lot larger than my normal text. Is there any way I can get them to match (or look more similar)?

    (2) The spacing between paragraphs within a block quote is HUGE! Can I shrink that?

    (3) Is there any way I can remove (or move) the “tags” that show up to the left of the text/post? I really just don’t like them there.

    Any help on this would be appreciated!

    Thanks!

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

    #1159579

    timethief
    Member

    You can do all of those provided you purchase an annually renewable custom design upgrade and do the required CSS editing.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/

    #1159584

    normand99
    Member

    Thanks TimeThief.

    So what you are saying is that I can ONLY make those changes if I purchase the upgrade, correct??

    Just double checking. (As I have no idea how to edit CSS…!)

    #1159585

    normand99
    Member

    I mean, if I don’t buy the upgrade, I am stuck with the format the way it is…!?

    #1159587

    timethief
    Member

    Correct. Given the waiting time for help with CSS editing, I don’t recommend purchasing the upgrade to any blogger unless they have CSS editing skills.

    #1159592

    normand99
    Member

    Thanks again. Okay, I will look into the upgrade, but only after I start learning some basic CSS.

    What do you mean about the wait time with CSS editing? Is that something offered through wordpress?? If I submit a question to them, do they look at my CSS code and help me fix it…..but it just takes a long time? (Curious how that works)

    Thanks

    #1159594

    timethief
    Member

    There is Staff support for the CSS upgrade but Staff are extremely busy and it can take several days to get assistance.

    #1159669

    justpi
    Member

    “I mean, if I don’t buy the upgrade, I am stuck with the format the way it is…!?”
    Not correct. You can change it via coding in the so-called Text editor.
    But it’s not worth doing this for each and every paragraph or blockquote. So you either select a different theme or you buy the upgrade.

    #1159676

    lmmiller9
    Member

    Norman, I recommend you check out Weaver II theme. It allows you to load subthemes within it, and is very easy to change almost everything. I have modified virtually everything on my page and I have no clue how to do any CSS or HTML programming. See http://www.managementmeditations.com. Some themes are easy to modify and some are very difficult. You don’t have to buy the “pro” version of Weaver II to do most editing.

    #1159677

    timethief
    Member

    @lmmiller9
    There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.COM and we cannot upload any WordPress.ORG themes and use them on free hosted WordPress>COM blogs. The only themes we can use are here > http://wordpress.com/themes/

    #1159727

    normand99
    Member

    Thanks for all the info…!

    It looks like I am stuck with what I got — at least for now. Its alright, I can deal with it (until I figure out the other stuff).

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