Can you help me with CSS and my WordPress blog?

Maureen March 24, 2010
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I am pretty new to blogging and have a WordPress blog. I would like to be able to customize the look of it. I understand that I need to learn CSS, but what I don’t understand is once I learn that, WHERE do I go within my blog to edit it? I am missing the big picture. Thank you.

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  1. Jack Cola
    April 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Or, if you think it's too hard, or you don't have any design skills, why don't you download a free template (or buy one).

    Have a read of http://www.createasuccessfulblog.com/topics/design/5-great-sites-to-download-free-wordpress-themes-and-templates

  2. ├Žnon1mus
    March 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Here are a couple of cheat sheets for you to quickly get started:
    http://www.pxleyes.com/blog/2010/03/most-practical-css-cheat-sheet-yet/

  3. Taty
    March 25, 2010 at 4:22 am

    You don't really need to learn it deeply just to modify things. Most items are named as what they are. If you figure out the basics, how the colors work and a few tags you should be able to change whatever you want.

    • Aibek
      March 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

      I second Taty as well, for most of the minor changes you wont need to touch CSS at all. Just go to the Wordperss Admin -> Appearance -> Editor and edit the contents of the respective files.

  4. Maureen
    March 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Okay, I see. Thank you! Somehow I missed that completely. No, I don't know anything about CSS but I'm a pretty quick study on stuff that's somewhat (but not overly) technical. I will check out the CSS article.

    Thanks again, Tina!

    Maureen

  5. Jack Cola
    March 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    A wordpress them is made up with a style sheet (CSS) and php files. The sytle sheets contain all the design aspects such as colour and theme and images, while the php files contain the structure. Ie getting the posts from the database, name and date etc.

    So you really have to understand CSS and how the WordPress template structure works. Just google WordPress template or how to create a wordpress template and you will find some good tutorials.

    So when you design your theme, you have your theme folder which is located in wp-content >themes. Inside that, you will have your php files such as index.php, sidebar.php, header.php, footer.php etc. Then you have your style.css page.

    If you want to learn how to do it, visit http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

    But for beginners, it is a very difficult task, especailly if you don't know the basics of HTML, CSS and PHP.

  6. Tina
    March 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Maureen,

    do you have a basic idea of how CSS works?
    Basically, it's one document that contains the style information and defines how all of the pages in your blog look like.

    This document is typically called style.css and it's part of the theme you're using for your WordPress blog.

    If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog you will find your themes under >wp-content >themes.

    If your blog is hosted by WordPress.com, log into >wp-admin and go to >Appearance (menu on the left). For your activated theme, look for the >Edit CSS option.

    For recommendations where to learn CSS, check out this article:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-sites-to-learn-some-css-programming/

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