Change your WordPress blog’s appearance with the Custom CSS feature
The wonderful thing about using a self-hosted WordPress site (the WordPress.org version) is that you have complete control over your site–from the domain name and where it’s hosted, to the theme you use and its look and feel.
One way to customize your site’s theme is to create a child theme. But that can be tricky…and if you only want to change a couple of things on your blog’s design, it seems like a lot of bother, especially if you haven’t worked with child themes before. Thankfully, Jetpack now has a Custom CSS feature available for WordPress.org blogs that makes the design tweak process much easier.
According to Jetpack, with the Custom CSS option, you can “customize the appearance of your site using CSS but without modifying your theme.” With the way that it’s set up, any modifications you add to the CSS Stylesheet Editor will be loaded after and take precedence over the blog theme’s.
To try it, click on “configure” under Custom CSS within the Jetpack menu, or if it’s already activated, you can find “edit CSS” under your Appearance tab. You may have CSS editing available to you via the theme that you’re using, in which case you don’t need to use this feature from Jetpack. Although the theme I use for my blog has CSS editing available, I did give Jetpack’s option a try, and changed my H2 header font style from Times New Roman to Arial. You can figure out CSS code by searching for what you’d like to change via W3Schools.com, a site that I use frequently when coding.
Unfortunately, if you have a free WordPress.com blog, customizing your theme’s CSS isn’t something that you can do for free. If you do want to utilize this option, you can upgrade your account, adding the $30/year Custom Design option. Just choose “Custom Design” under your Appearance tab within your Dashboard to learn more about it.
Be sure to read up on using Jetpack’s many features by checking out the comprehensive overview of the WordPress Jetpack plugin and a summary of ALL of the available features.
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