Change your blog’s look for the holidays in 5 ways
WordPress.com’s official blog released five quick ways to transform WordPress blogs’ look for the Christmas season; in case you haven’t seen it, here are their tips on making your site festive:
1. Turn on the snow!
If you like the snow currently falling on Be Blog Smart, make it snow on your blog as well by heading to your Settings tab and clicking on “General”. Way at the bottom will be the option to have it snow; this will be available until January 4th by default.
2. Add a holiday background
You can change your blog’s background (depending on the theme you’re using) by going to Appearance–>Background (for WordPress.com blogs; for self-hosted blogs it could be in your theme options); choose or upload an image. WordPress gives a few places to look for available images, at: Subtle Patterns, My Site My Way, or Squidfingers.
3. Play Christmas music
It’s pretty easy to embed a music player into either a post or as a widget on your sidebar. WordPress.com recommends using embed a SoundCloud playlist from SoundCloud.com–once you’ve found a playlist you can grab the WordPress shortcode (press “share” to get it) to place it within a post.
4. Write your readers
Add a text widget on your sidebar or write a blog post with a holiday message to your visitors. You can make the post “sticky” so that it stays at the top to greet readers.
5. Add a holiday image to the sidebar
Use an html/text widget or an image widget to add a festive picture. If using an html widget, check out my post here for tips. If using an image widget, upload your picture into your media library first, copy the the address for that picture, and then paste into your image widget.
Read WordPress.com’s whole article on adding holiday elements here.
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