Zero to Hero: Day Twenty-Five

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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!

    Day 25 — you’re almost ready to leave the nest. Don’t forget to visit once in a while — we’ll miss you!

    Today, you’re adding one more custom touch to your theme. It could be a widget, a header, some CSS, or one of a thousand other things — check out the main Zero to Hero page for guidelines and inspiration.

    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.

    Please refrain from posting links to your blog unless you’re seeking feedback — this is a place for discussion. Irrelevant comments and spammy links will be deleted. Instead, give your posts the “zerotohero” tag to enable other participants to find you.

    The Daily Post has a weekly open thread on Sundays called “Community Pool,” for peer feedback. If you’re looking for general feedback on your blog or feedback unrelated to this challenge, please visit that thread.

    #1622473

    I’m not ready to leave any nest! I’m stuck back somewhere in the first 5 days or so. Although I’ve read the instructions over and over, I’m still struggling with widgets and uploading images from URLs. It took me 2 weeks to get the Zero-to-Hero badge on my sidebar!! The response to my forum post on those things was a link back to the instructions I already couldn’t follow. Just sayin’. I know I’m a slow learner with this stuff. But my writing practice has deepened and I’m jazzed about all the learning that has happened so far. Even to start a blog was a huge accomplishment, and I’ve got tons more knowledge than I had back in December. I’ve also made a few surprising connections and some great input from other readers. I’ll for sure keep the 30-day challenge up, but it’s probably going to be more like 60 days. At least!
    Meanwhile, 2 questions: is there a direct link to a glossary? And where can I find the language for different parts of the theme page (like where would the first-, second-, and third-footer sidebars show up on the page, and how do I know if my theme supports them? Thanks.

    #1622475

    I’m still struggling with widgets and uploading images from URLs

    All widgets are installed, configured and uninstalled here > Appearance > Widgets, regardless of the theme.
    All WordPress.com widgets are found here on this main page http://en.support.wordpress.com/category/widgets-sidebars/
    You click the links for the specific widgets to locate the description and installation instructions.

    This useful step by step learn WordPress.com blogging tutorial is linked to the bottom of your Admin page
    http://learn.wordpress.com/
    And we have a dictionary to help you understand some of the jargon used on this platform:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/lexicon/

    And where can I find the language for different parts of the theme page (like where would the first-, second-, and third-footer sidebars show up on the page, and how do I know if my theme supports them? Thanks.

    Your theme’s description is at the link found on the front Page of your blog in the dropdown menu and it directs to http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/motif/
    Scroll down to:

    Widget areas
    Motif offers six different widget areas:

    Main Sidebar widget area which appears on the right on pages using the default template, including blog pages.
    Three optional footer widget areas displayed at the bottom of the page.
    Two optional widget areas on the front page template.

    The live demo site is at http://motifdemo.wordpress.com/

    #1622476

    @patosborne5875 I have no idea about a glossary but, as to sidebars and footers, if your theme has multiple widget areas they will show up as placement options when you select a new widget.

    I’m sure there is a clear way to explain that, just can’t think of it right now.

    #1622477

    @doughippensteel
    Thanks but I already correctly answered the questions posed by patosborne5875 5 minutes before you posted. :)

    #1622478

    I decided to get rid of my old header and create a new one in PhotoShop. It’s not exactly the way I want it to look, but I think it’s moving in the right direction. I’m still trying to find that signature font that really resonates with the look I’m going for.

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to move the menu with “home / about / feminine hygiene” to underneath the header? My theme is Coraline. Thanks!

    #1622479

    Or, what Timetheif just said .

    #1622482

    @doughippensteel
    Good morning to you. ♫ Good morning to you. ♫

    #1622484

    @lipglossandabackpack
    Does anyone know if it’s possible to move the menu with “home / about / feminine hygiene” to underneath the header? My theme is Coraline.

    Yes, of course we have the answer. WordPress.COM sells custom design upgrades and to move any elements around you need to purchase one and renew it annually. See here for details on purchasing the annually renewable custom and CSS editing:
    Custom design – Frequently Asked Questions
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions
    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/

    Then you can type
    Coraline move menu site:en.forums.wordpress.com
    into Google search and locate the results like this thread https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/coraline-menu-question?replies=6#post-558864

    #1622488

    @thistimethisspace Thank you for your speedy, polite and supportive response. The placement of the menu was not an issue with my previous header but I don’t like it against my new, more-white header. However, since I plan to move to .org and overhaul the entire look of my blog during Spring Break I guess I’ll wait to move my header then. No point paying for customization for just a month or two!

    #1622489

    The custom design thing is where I fall down, so I’ve just posted about that..interior decor is just not me!

    #1622490

    @mancunianrose
    You do not appear to have a custom design upgrade on your blog. To be crystal clear about this you don’t need one to personalize a blog by use of a custom header, custom background and by using text widgets.

    Custom Header and Background
    Pachyderm allows you to set a flexible-width or -height custom header under Appearance -> Header. You can also customize the theme with a background color or image by going to Appearance -> Background. From: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/pachyderm/

    #1622491

    @lipglossandabackpack

    .However, since I plan to move to .org and overhaul the entire look of my blog during Spring Break I guess I’ll wait to move my header then. No point paying for customization for just a month or two!

    Understood and agreed as that upgrade is not transferable. Best wishes with your blog.

    #1622494

    erictummers
    Member

    changed the background color of my blog inspired by other blogs that have a dark background color …

    #1622496

    again changed the appearance of my blog…….colors mostly. would like for the text to be in black, but leaving alone until I, also, switch to .org

    #1622497

    @thistimethisspace – thank you for the kind advice, I will take a look…

    #1622498

    @mancunianrose
    You are welcome. I have used the Pachyderm theme previously on my blog and changing the header and background can make a world of difference to the appearance of that themes and to any theme. :)

    #1622499

    anamelio
    Member

    Well, I changed the background, added a custom header, my own social media images and a custom text widget to represent my categories. Now to help hubby with this because he is sort of design challenged, not too mention afraid of breaking WordPress if he messes with it. ;).

    #1622503

    @anamelio
    I love what you have done with your blog. :)

    No one can break any design feature here – that’s so silly … :D If you hubby does not a header image he can create and upload a new one. If he doesn’t like a background he can change it.

    #1622505

    anamelio
    Member

    @thistimethisspace His blog… well ours is a self-hosted WordPress and even though he is included in the decisions regarding style, I get the main word. He is the visionary, I am the executor so to speak. Besides, all that HTML/CSS/PHP looks like gobbledygook to him.

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