Customizing the Default Design

If you still aren’t sure about setting up your blog Click Here to go to Step 1 of this guide.

Once you have a basic design you want to use, you can customize this even further to fit the functionality of your blog. Start this by going to the “Appearance” button in the left menu of your blog then just click the “Customize” option.

This changes the screen to show you the homepage of your new blog style. This is the area in the center and right side of the screen. Notice the customization menu on the left. Note that customization options will vary slightly depending on the theme you choose.

There are more than a few customizatios you can do from here. You can change the Title and Tagline, the logo, colors and more. So let’s take a look at what you can do with the Twenty Fifteen theme.

Site Title and Tagline

This area lets you change the title and sub-title of your blog. These show up on the top of your blog and should be the name of your site and your slogan. Of course, you can also remove them completely by unchecking the “Display Header” box.

Colors

In this area you can change the theme colors, text colors and backgrounds.

Header

In this area you can change the image for the header (the main image for the site). Keep in mind that each theme has a different recommended image size for the header. Check this when creating your header.

Background Image

This feature allows you to change the background to a color or to an image. In most themes you can upload an image here.

 Navigation

Most themes now allow you to change the navigation menus.

Widgets

These are the different things like, calendars, social media buttons, feeds and more that you can add to your sidebar menus.  Just click on “Widgets from the right sidebar. This gives you a lis of the widgets that are included in the theme and those that you are using.

You can see how the widget you choose by looking on the right side of the screen. For instance, the Search widget creates the search box readers use to search the site, the Archives widget shows a monthly list of your posts.

There are a number of widgets you can use, everything from calendars to social media or blog comments. The widget you use really depends on what you need to do with your blog.

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