Where is Custom Design

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  • #1007080

    curtstowell
    Member

    I just purchased the Custom Design, and I’m trying to create a post but I don’t see any new buttons or anything so I can make changes. Also, I was going to take the Beginner Tutorial and it isn’t working. Than you.
    Blog url: http://firstdf.wordpress.com/

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

    #1007203

    timethief
    Member

    You can find the Custom Design section in Appearance → Custom Design in your dashboard. After you click on “Custom Design”, the Custom Design welcome screen will load: http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/

    #1007235

    curtstowell
    Member

    Yes, I know it does that, I paid the 30 dollars, but when I go to create a new post nothing has changed. I can’t adjust the fonts, colors any different then before, or anything. Everything looks the same before I paid the $30 dollars.

    Curt

    #1007236

    timethief
    Member

    Hmmm … then it sounds like you need Staff help to get started. I have flagged this thread for their attention.

    #1007237

    justpi
    Member

    Nothing is supposed to change “when you go to create a new post”. The upgrade allows you to change the appearance of any element once for all, not on a post by post basis.

    #1007238

    curtstowell
    Member

    If I can’t use different fonts, color, and size at will in the same post then this program is not for me and I would like to be refunded. Thank you.

    #1007239

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus
    #1007240

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    If you don’t want to change fonts, color and size for the entire site, then take a look here:
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/formatting-text-pt-5/

    #1007241

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus
    #1007242

    justpi
    Member

    You can “use different fonts, color, and size at will in the same post”, but not by a simple click of a button, if that’s what you expected.

    #1007244

    curtstowell
    Member

    And where might the Cascading Style be located at please?

    I was expecting Custom Design would alter the Pages and Posts so I could adjust things at will, like you can do in Word and most Graphics Programs.

    So are you saying that every time I want to make a change I have to go to save my document and go to a different page to do so?

    I am really confused on this. I’m thinking this might be good, but maybe just out of my league. I’m used to Word, PhotoShop, Paint.Net, Paint Shop Pro, and Freehand. This seems a bit different.

    Curt

    #1007245

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    Working with blogging software (or on an internet site) is not at all like graphic design or wordprocessing. It is an entirely different language in a unique format. (well, many different formats)

    If you want to do something like that, then get an off line editor such as Windows Live Writer or Ecto. They work in a way you are more familiar with, save your posts to your hard-drive, and you can publish good code without having to learn html or CSS.

    #1007246

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    So are you saying that every time I want to make a change I have to go to save my document and go to a different page to do so?

    Not exactly. Unless you mean that you need to format the text in the “text” editor with html coding. You can do some of that in the Visual Editor.

    Best for you to look into the various offline editing software. Many are free or very inexpensive.

    #1007247

    justpi
    Member

    CSS editing is a lot different. It’s primarily used to modify the default appearance of any element in the content of a post or a page (for instance the styling of links or blockquotes) as well as the appearance of any other element outside the post/page content (for instance the font or the size of the blog title, the positioning of the tagline, the color of widget titles, the width of the blog or the sidebar, etc etc etc).

    “So are you saying that every time I want to make a change I have to go to save my document and go to a different page to do so?”
    No. But it’s still complicated. For example: If you’re thinking of using, say, three different font sizes for your regular text, you’d need to go to the CSS editor and create “classes” for these sizes; then each time you’d want to use one of these sizes you’d have to switch the editor to Text (=code) and add a code snippet that would call up the right class. Forget about it if you have no experience in CSS editing.

    #1007248

    curtstowell
    Member

    I’m not an expert, but I know HTML, CSS, and BBCode and I would prefer to use them then the graphics programs. I just can’t grasp where use them here.

    #1007251

    curtstowell
    Member

    Yes, I had expected to do the simple button pushing thing, but I know that you have more control of what you create with HTML and the others. I prefer HTML if possible, I know it best of the three.

    Let us say I put this on a page or post:

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (Jn 3:16).

    Let’s say I want to have all that in a size 4, Arial Black, color green, except I want God in blue and Son in red, and I want the scripture number underlined.

    Can I write it like this:
    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#0000FF][FONT=ARIAL BLACK] For [COLOR=#800000]God[/COLOR] so loved the world that he gave his only begotten [COLOR=#800000]Son[/COLOR], that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. ([I]Jn 3:16[/I]).[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]

    #1007253

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    No.
    More like this:
    <p style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:1.2em;">text here <span style="color:red;">red text</span> text <span style="color:blue;">blue text</span> text text <span style="text-decoration:underline;">underlined</span> text</p>

    #1007257

    curtstowell
    Member

    So is that CSS? I have a Dummies book on HTML and CSS.

    Anyway, where would I go to do what you just did for my post or page?

    Also, another note, I know you can set categories for posts in the side bar, can you do that with pages? Thank you.

    Curt

    #1007258

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    No not CSS. That is code to put into the text editor (formerly called the HTML editor) of a post or page. It allows one to change a single word or span or paragraph or div within a post or a page. CSS will change the styles (classes) for your whole site. You could then add classes to your various “containers” (span, paragraph, div, table, etc.)

    You can add categories to a post, which will appear in your sidebar if you add a category widget.

    You cannot add categories to a page.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    Category widget:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/categories-widget/

    Nor to confuse you, but you can also use the links to category “pages” to make custom menus if you don’t want to use a category widget. (or you could have both the widget and custom menus)

    #1007259

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    I guess you would call that code a type of inline styling so it is related to CSS. Panos could explain it better than I can, if he comes back…at any rate it goes into the text editor for small changes within a post or page.

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