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  1. browndog77
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    to the chagrin of all the people who helped me last time, i'm back with more questions...
    first off, i've searched for over an hour trying to find the documentation on how to switch site designs. i know it exists, b/c i've read it before and it seemed real simple. can anyone give me the link?...on alex king's site (where i found one of the templates i wanted to swap) i found the "style switcher", but if i'm not mistaken, that's for visitors for my site to switch templates, not for me to switch the master.
    second, i've tried my hardest to figure out coding, but even the very helpful tutorial here on wordpress about template editing confuses me...basically, after i figure out how to switch site designs, i'd like to add a custom banner i designed (to keep the consistency with the non-wordpress part of my site). ideally, it would be on the top of every wordpress page, regardless of category clicked, but i'll settle for just the first/main wordpress page that visitors see if it's not possible...can anyone spell it out (in knucklehead language) how i would do that?
    thanks very much in advance.

  2. EdPham
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    The way to change the site design is to use your wp-layout.css file to change the way that your site looks. You can change it in any way that you want it to. Colors, fonts, etc.
    As for the second part, the best way to do that is to use a header in your index.php and call the banner that you want to have added there. I don't really know how to explain it since I'm not that good with coding, but I'm sure someone will.

  3. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Banner
    - do you want that as well as the header ? Or instead of the header ?
    There are a multitude of ways to do it, the best way though is if you could give us a url, and describe exactly where you want the banner. Code will then fly your way, and yes, it can sit on every page.
    And like EdPham says. you need to alter wp-layout.css
    Upload a new stylesheet, upload any images that came with it. It should then work and you can make minor edits using the template editor.

  4. browndog77
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    thanks for the help. unfortunately i'm still in the dark...
    >"The way to change the site design is to use your wp-layout.css file to change the way that your site looks. You can change it in any way that you want it to. Colors, fonts, etc."
    ok, but i was meaning/had in mind directions i once saw where all i had to do was something like delete/rename my old file named xxx and install the new xxx in it's place...
    to be more specific, i want to change the style to one i found on alex kings wordpress competition page.
    >"And like EdPham says. you need to alter wp-layout.css
    Upload a new stylesheet, upload any images that came with it. It should then work and you can make minor edits using the template editor."
    i'm guessing that wp-layout.css is the afore-mentioned "xxx" i was talking about replacing? if so (meaning if i download one of the competition templates off his site), do i just ftp it onto my site and delete the old one with the same name?

  5. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    "do i just ftp it onto my site and delete the old one with the same name?" - Yup :)
    http://wiki.wordpress.org/StyleCompetition
    That the page ?

  6. browndog77
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    dude, you're quick on the draw!
    quick question tho... i downloaded the file from alex's site (dots). i then unzipped it on my computer. but there's two documents entitled css: one is "style.css" and the other is "style.css.bak". do i need to upload both? also, where do i stick the included images?

  7. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Basically, this is the way it works, in the simplest case scenario (which is what I hope you have):
    -- index.php is the main template for all your blog pages. It contains the basic page structure, and includes code to show the images you want to display across all the pages.
    -- style.css controls the rest of how the pages *look* ... including fonts and the placement of certain elements.
    -- style.css.bak is likely a backup of style.css, and does not need to be uploaded (but probably won't hurt anything if you do).
    I'd suggest copying everything (always a bad idea to edit your originals), uploading (index.php, style.css and the images) to the correct directories on your web hosting account and then playing with it all.

  8. macmiller
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    the link you may be looking for is here:
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/graphicalcss/
    i have the same problem, i'll read something that i don't really need at that time and later have a hard time trying to find it again!

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