Zero to Hero: Day Fifteen

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    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.

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    #1605174

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

    #1605177

    timethief
    Member

    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

    #1605178

    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.

    #1605179

    @tomfromtechnoteamblog, some do, yes. If yours does, you’ll see “Theme Options” as a tab within the Customizer.

    #1605180

    timethief
    Member

    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.

    #1605183

    birgerbird
    Member

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

    #1605184

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

    #1605185

    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.

    #1605189

    timethief
    Member

    @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”.
    https://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.

    #1605194

    timethief
    Member

    @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 https://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.

    #1605196

    cindieb
    Member

    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!!!!

    #1605199

    @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

    #1605200

    timethief
    Member

    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.

    #1605202

    timethief
    Member
    #1605204

    timethief
    Member

    @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

    #1605205

    timethief
    Member

    @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.

    #1605234

    jdzondo
    Member

    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/

    #1605238

    birgerbird
    Member

    @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.

    #1605239

    murdercake
    Member

    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!

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