Your theme is what controls the look and appearance of your blog; this is what people see when they visit your blog.
Every newly created blog has the same default theme. The last thing you want is to look like all the other blogs.
You can change your theme as often as you like!
Using the Theme Customizer
It is i really easy to change your theme using the theme customizer.
The theme customizer is designed to make it easier for you to customize your theme and see the results in real time without having to visit your blog. You can customize any theme, including Edublogs Pro Only themes, before you activate it.
Here is how you do it:
1. Go to Appearance > Themes.
2. Click on ‘Live Preview‘ below the theme you want to use.
Or if you want to customize your current theme, click on ‘Customize‘ under the current theme.
4. This loads the theme customizer. Now all you do is work through the control panels on the left to customize the theme to preview the theme changes in real time before activating it on your blog.
5. Once you’re happy with the changes you just click ‘Save and Activate’.
The following control panels are available on the Theme customizer:
Changing Site Title & Tagline
Used to change the site title and tagline on your blog. Not all themes display taglines. The site title and tagline are normally displayed in or near the header area of your blog and the site title is also used when visitors bookmark your blog in their web browser.
Themes like Edublogs Default 2011, Anubis, Benevolence. Blix, Connections and Contempt include an option to hide Header text. All you need to do is deselect the Display Header text option to hide the Site title and Tagline on these themes. This option is used when you want to use a custom image header instead of text for the Site title.
Changing Theme Colors
‘Colors’ controls the color of the header text and background color. Which options are included depends on the theme. Not all themes allow you to change the header text color. Changes to header text color do take time and you will need to wait for the page to refresh to view the change.
Changing Header Image
Almost all Edublogs themes include an option to upload your own custom image header.
A custom image header means you can obtain a much more customized look and feel adding your “own personal touch” to your blog.
Header Image is used to:
- Upload a new custom image header — if your theme supports this option.
- Or to select one of the default header images that comes with the theme you are customizing — if your theme includes a range of default header images.
Here’s how you use the header options:
1. Click on drop down link on Header image.
2. Click on ‘Select a file‘ (or drop file in upload area), select the custom image header that you’ve saved on your computer and then click Open to upload.
- The custom image header is used as is and you can’t crop the header image using the customizer.
- Only the top part of the uploaded image is used if it is too large.
- For best results resize your custom image header to the recommended dimensions specified on Appearance > Header before uploading or upload the image using Appearance > Header (as this allows you to crop the image).
- Be patient when uploading the image header using the customizer. There is a delay before you’ll see indications that your image header is being uploaded.
3. Or click on the ‘Default’ tab to select one of the default headers
Changing Background Image
On many themes, much like custom header images, you can add images to your blog’s background. A background image is another great way of adding that personal touch to your class blog.
You upload a background image as follows:
1. Click on drop down link on Header image.
2. Click on ‘Select a file‘ (or drop file in upload area), select the background image you’ve saved on your computer and then click Open to upload.
- The background image is used as is.
- For best results resize your background to make it smaller if using an image from a digital camera (otherwise only the top part of the image will display).
- Be patient when uploading the background using the customizer. There is a delay before you’ll see indications that your image is being uploaded — this varies depending on the image size.
- Most themes include a range of default backgrounds you can use. These aren’t supported by the theme customizer and you need enable a default background by going to Appearance > Preset Background once the theme has been activated.
3. After the image has uploaded the background image display options will become visible.
Changing these settings is entirely optional and the best option is to try each to see what you like.
Using a Static Front page
The static front page lets you select what appears on your blog’s home page. By default, your home page is your blog post page however you can change this so your homepage is a static front page and your posts are sent to a different page on your blog.
Most class blogs use a blog post page for their homepage.
The most common situation when you’ll see educators use static home pages is when they use a custom menu to use one class blog for multiple subjects or classes. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to do this here! This does require slightly more advanced blogging skills, so please let us know if you need our assistance to set up!
Other Theme Options
Some themes have extensive theme customization options which aren’t supported by the theme customizer. Examples of these types of themes include WPMU-Triden, WPMU-Dixi, Mystique, Yoko, Mandigo and Edublogs Default 2011.
These types of themes add a theme option menu item under Appearance once the theme is activated. To do more extensive customization you just need to go to Appearance > Theme Options.
Uploading Custom themes
Due to how our infrastructure is designed, we are unable to support the uploading of custom themes unless you are using an Edublogs Campus network.
This means you can’t upload any themes to your Edublogs.org blog even if they are available in the WordPress repository.
However, many of our Premium themes have customization options to change the colors, fonts and layouts. Most of our themes enable you to upload backgrounds and header images.
The Simpler CSS plugin enables you to modify the theme’s fonts, colors, border and backgrounds by adding custom stylesheets to your blog. Refer to our editing CSS support documentation for more information.