modifying templates in wp
at the moment I am using unsleepable and I like it. I would like to change background colors and images…do I have to upgrade or can I change code myself?
You’ll have to purchase the CSS Upgrade through your dashboard. You can then “play” and change colours, fonts and stuff yourself. Be warned though, it’s addictive!
Note that you can only change the CSS, we have no access to change the HTML or PHP within the template as they are shared amongst all the users on wp.com.
/nod to Collin
Two wordpress.com options.
(1) You can choose a theme from the admin area of your blog -> Dashboard -> Presentation -> Themes and select one as is. Many provide for a customized a header and sidebar widgets allow for posting of unique images, etc. to personalize your blog.
If you do not wish to use one of the themes made available at wordpress.com through your admin section -> Dashboard -> Presentation -> Themes then you can choose to undertake css customizing a wordpress.com theme or make your own, or you can move to self hosting or a web host and altering a free wordpress.org template.
(2) If you would rather remain at wordpress.com then css customization can be used to improve on any existing theme; you can define your own classes for use in posts; you can select the Sandbox theme and build on one of the Minimalist layouts or, opt for no stylesheet and do it all yourself. Css customization is not recommended for those who lack experince with css. If you feel you are up to the challenge of customizing a theme then these link, link, link will be helpful.
Although there is a forum and other bloggers may volunteer to help you if needs be, there is no staff support for css customization. There are also css resources that you can access listed in the FAQs blog.
The 15$ you pay to upgrade a wordpress.com blog enables you to to alter the appearance of your theme and but not the underlying php code. Purchasing the upgrade entitles you to customize css on one blog for one year.
And if you are new to wordpress.com then this link will be useful to you because it contains links to the basic resources we use here.
Sunburntkamel has already css customized Unsleepable http://sunburntkamel.archgfx.net/2006/08/13/unsleepable-for-wordpresscom/
/nod to trent
I included it among the other css customization links above :) as well as sunburntkamel’s link as he has already ported Unsleepable.
thanks everyone!!! I will have to check out CSS…would be fun to learn that…is that free if charge? At the moment I am wondering if I can get some code in for this widget….seemms not to work.
they give you the code to add the widget and tell you this:
Stick this handy code in your profile and let anyone connect to you, no matter what system they’re on. It looks a little like this:
well, it doesn’t work, and I miss blogspot which is very editable…..
…which leads to it being very hackable. We had a thread here a few weeks ago where it was reported that 21k+ blogs were hijacked due to that editablity. Pretty much spam free as well compared to blogger/ blogspot.
hello and thanks for your response, altho I am quite late in picking it up…! Here is an example of a Google Custom Search Engine that i have created and would like to have in my blog. So far, i have not been successful in getting it into a text widget….what can I do???
sorry, this is the original code that google gave me…don’t want to mess it up…
You cannot have that on your blog in any form. Google widgets do not work here.
Our widgets and embeds are very restricted here because we’re on a shared blogging platform; that means that a vulnerability put in a blog by one person is a vulnerability shared by all 800,000 of us, and that is too much of a risk. This makes WordPress.com much more robust, much safer than Blogger, but less flexible.
now that there is the BOX.NET WIDGET I am wondering what I might put in there? could be the google widget????
No, the box.net widget is for downloading files hosted on box.net space.
To be honest, I don’t think much of Google’s searching and indexing. There are large portions of some sites that never get indexed and listed while other search engines find those pages fine.
If you want to go ahead and use Google custom search, you can do so. Note that Google custom search gives you a page as well as a script for your search. WordPress.com won’t allow you to use the script, for reasons explained in previous responses.
What you can do is simply link to the page for your custom search. That’s what I do in the sidebar of my blog (changingway.wordpress.com).
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