Setting up for Success in Experimenting with CSS

Once we get a handle on the basics of using CSS in combination with themes, we begin to consider how to get really fancy. I like using all kinds of visual formatting: blockquotes, sidebars,  just like a print magazine!   Can I do this?  Well, that depends. Still, before we get started on those kinds of… Read More

Understanding Pseudo Elements CSS in WordPress themes

Pseudo-elements enable us to style certain parts of text, such as the first letter in a paragraph, or the first line in a paragraph.  There’s a bit of a trick to borrowing code to achieve these effects within a WordPress theme; disappointingly, adding the drop-cap seems to pretty much require a plug-in solution. Disappointed sigh.… Read More

Styling Headings with CSS in WordPress Themes

In my last post, we looked at how to find a theme’s style.css sheet.   In this post, we’ll investigate how to manipulate the typographic elements with Additional CSS customization. We’ll focus on the header styles.  They’re a good basic element are easy to customize–if you know the ins and outs of WordPress theme coding.  This… Read More

Getting to Know Your Theme (Part 1): Using Safari to Find Your Theme’s Style Sheet

Our themes are build on style sheets–and you can find yours!  WordPress.com shows how here in this post in their support files.   But what next?  This post will take a look at theme’s style sheet to investigate how to work WITH your theme, rather than against it, in developing new style options Finding Your Theme’s… Read More

On Themes, CSS and Frameworks

Styling WordPress themes used to be a breeze. Ah, the Olden Days! No, not true: in the Olden Days, CSS standards were buggy as a beehive. And when we got the CSS code right, the blog pages would go berserk in different browsers. It was horrible. Then, CSS version 3 changed things for awhile. Now… Read More

More Tips about Changing Themes: Aligning the Blockquote

Yes, I’m back to The Entrepreneur (for now).   If you read me regularly, you may have seen me try on the “Heart and Style,” “Lenscap” and “Traveler” themes– but I’m back to the old theme –with some lessons learned and more CSS tricks to share. Lessons Learned Lesson One: I completely lost all my custom CSS… Read More

Branching out in Inline Styling: Boxes! and Tables!

In this post, we’ll go a bit further to branch out with some fancy HTML tricks to style boxes for text. We’ll also look at an Old School technique for creating boxes — so that even folks on the free plan can have some fun with text boxes. Today’s post is brought to by the… Read More

Using Inline Styles for Paragraphs and Headers

Inline styles are methods that anyone can use–even freebie accounts–to manipulate text sizes, fonts, and font colors. They’re fun and easy, but there’s a few tricks to dealing with them–without having to muck about with CSS. Using Inline Styles Using Inline Styles to color text is easy as 1-2-3. 1. We have to use the… Read More

Three Resources for Learning HTML and CSS

Resources for Learning HTML and CSS If you’re unfamiliar with HTML, there are three resources for learning that are free and hard to beat. The first is the WW3 School — which is where I learned to code in 1991. It is still a great resource. CodeAcademy is a bit more sophisticated — and it’s… Read More

Coding in the Wind: Tweaking Themes with CSS

As I see it, I have two choices: go out and hire my own website designer or learn enough to do it myself. Luckily, do it yourself web design isn’t all that difficult or expensive. Learning how to tweak existing themes using CSS is kind of fun. 🙂 Here’s another bit on learning how to… Read More