Just paid for Custom upgrade / can't find the CSS

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    Hi everyone,
    I’m new here, haven’t had pb with wordpress until now.
    My question may sound stupid: I just paid for the Custom update for 30$ which says I can customize the CSS except I can’t find the editor mentioned here: http://wordpress.com/products/custom-css/

    Under “Appearance” I have a “Custom design” tab which opens a CSS editor with the following message:

    Welcome to Custom CSS!

    CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a kind of code that tells the browser how to render a web page. You may delete these comments and get started with your customizations.

    By default, your stylesheet will be loaded after the theme stylesheets,
    which means that your rules can take precedence and override the theme CSS rules. Just write here what you want to change, you don’t need to copy all your theme’s stylesheet content.

    If you need any further help, ask in the CSS Customization forum.

    Now, where is my theme original stylesheet, how can I modify is if I don’t have it?

    Thank you all in advance,


    The blog I need help with is yalakom.org.



    If you are looking for where to find the theme’s original CSS to use it as a reference, the best thing to do is to use your browser tools. Most modern browsers have a web inspector built right in. You can right-click and select the “Inspect Element” option to see the HTML of the item you clicked on as well as all the CSS that applies to it. Two popular tools for viewing CSS are Firebug for Firefox and Chrome’s built-in Developer Tools.

    To help you get started, you can take a look at a support page with some brief screencasts on How to Find Your Theme’s CSS using the web developer tools included with browsers.
    From: http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/editing-css/#themes-original-css



    See also: Where is the theme CSS and how do I edit it?



    Hi Timethief,

    Thanks a lot for the quick answer. I’m having a look right now and it seems ok, I would just really prefer to have the entire HTML/CSS available in the editor at once but I suppose it isn’t possible, is it?

    I appreciate the support!



    I don’t provide CSS editing support so please use the resources http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/css-basics/ and be patient while waiting for help from those who do.



    Will do, thanks Timethief :-)



    Best wishes. :)


    Hi @yalakom, and sorry for the delay.

    Now, where is my theme original stylesheet, how can I modify is if I don’t have it?

    The CSS for WordPress.com sites is actually in multiple CSS files, so the best way to determine the selectors and rules you need to modify your site is with the web inspector built into your browser. If you are not yet familiar with the web inspector tool in your browser, take a look at our support document on How to Find Your Theme’s CSS, which has some brief screencasts to get you started using it. It makes working with CSS much easier.

    I see you custom CSS on your site now, so it looks like you are well on your way. If you have questions or run into problems, just let us know.



    Hi thesacredpath,

    Thanks for your answer! Yes, I’ve been playing with my theme’s CSS quite a bit lately and surely I can’t find everything but the changes I made so far are statisfying enough for now. I shall be back if I’m in big trouble :-)


    You are welcome and we are here when you need us. :)

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