6. Customising your blog

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Meg’s PressGO! objectives

  1. To apply a new theme to your blog.
  2. To upload and apply a different header to your blog.

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Your PressGO! objectives

What are you hoping to learn from this module? Your objectives can be the same as mine, but is there anything else you are expecting to learn? Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

Blog it here.

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Introduction

You can change the way your WordPress blog looks by applying different ‘themes‘ to it. Themes might include different colours, fonts, headers and pictures. In this module, you will learn:

  • How to change the theme of your blog.
  • Add a different header to the default ‘Kubrick’ theme.

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Focus questions: The look of your blog

How would you like your blog to look? Young and funky? Corporate? Cartoony? Sparse? What colour scheme would appeal to you? What image are you trying to project to your audience? Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

Blog it here.

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Customising your theme

The default WordPress theme is ‘Kubrick‘, but there are other options. You can either change the default theme entirely, or you can upload an image into the Kubrick header. Not all themes have the same functions, however; for example, the Ambiru doesn’t isn’t ‘widget-aware’ (more in widgets in another module), so be sure to check out your new theme’s functionality before you decide to switch to it full-time. Here are examples of some WordPress themes:

WordPressTheme WordPressTheme w w

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Exercise: Change the theme of your blog

  1. Go to Design > Themes.
  2. Choose a theme from the Available Themes (there are several pages of themes) and click on the one you like. You will be given a preview of how your site will look with the new theme.
  3. To activate the new theme, press ‘Activate [theme name]’
  4. To keep your current theme, click on the ‘X’ button in the top left.

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Exercise: Add a specific picture header to the Kubrick theme

  1. Go to Design > Themes.
  2. Under ‘Current Theme’, click on ‘Custom Image Header’.
  3. Under Upload New Header Image, click the ‘Browse’ button to choose an image from your computer. A box comes up showing what’s on your computer.
  4. Find a picture (not too big!) from your computer and click ‘Open’. When you do that, the location of the picture in your computer is automatically sent to WordPress.
  5. Click ‘Upload’.
  6. Crop the header to fit. Click ‘Crop Header’.
  7. Your new header should now be visible on your site.

Exercise: Change the colour of the Kubrick header

  1. Go to Design > Color Header.
  2. Change the colour scheme of your Kubrick header by specifying what font colour and what upper and lower colours you want.
  3. Click ‘Save’.
  4. If you want to revert to the default Kubrick colours, click ‘Revert’. Don’t forget to Save.

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Reflection

Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

Blog it here.

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Links and resources

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