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

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

Getting the Right “Fit” with a New Theme

I’m a little disappointed. My current  erstwhile (previous) theme, the Entrepreneur, supports a boatload of widgets. But as the Winnie the Pooh so wittily said, that honey was somewhat lacking in smack.  I’m starting to try out new themes. Today, I’m playing with the theme Heart and Style. It uses bigger images and that poses a… Read More

Letting the Audience Meander Through Content: Adding a Tag Cloud Widget

WordPress widgets are pretty neat little capabilities to adding extra content, navigation, and other features to your blog–easily, without the need for plug-ins or extra code. In this little walk-through,  we’ll add a “tag cloud” to our primary sidebar–a simple maneuver that takes maybe five minutes–to help our audience meander through our content at their… 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

Creating a Custom “Quote” Post Format with CSS

Does your theme provide for different types of post formats?  Many do–but often while the formats are supported, the theme may not provide any special “mark up” or “styling” for them.   Here’s how we can use a little custom CSS (cascading style sheet) code to create a cool “quote” post format. Note: support of custom cascading style sheets… Read More