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I'm going crazy (6 posts)

  1. brandbeautiful
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    So I make my living selling Blogspot templates. I've self-taught myself css and managed to create some really pretty templates with what I've learned but now It's time to move over to the big boy.

    AND I'M PULLING MY HAIR OUT.

    I've been at this for weeks. I can't seem to build a simple template from scratch. I find templates I love that need customisation (i'm trying to design my own blog first before even thinking about making my templates available for purchase) but when I change the css in some editor that I can occasionally find but more times than not can't, it doesn't change anything.

    There's no 'header' widget like in Blogspot and so sometimes I can't even figure out how to upload my own header image.

    I want to be able to create one of my Blogger templates as a practise onto the WP platform doing it the WP way and I have no clue where to start. I'm self hosted by the way.

    This is the template - https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/176504093/blogger-template-blog-theme-pretty?ref=shop_home_active_12

    What would be the best WP theme to start with? My gosh I'm going so mad I'm likely to turn to Artisteer the rate i'm going.

    Any advice from anybody would be greatly appreciated. I can code a Blogger template after many years of dabbling so any complicated jargon will fall on deaf ears as i'm no expert. I ideally just want a theme that allows me to use a consistent image for the sidebar title headers and allows me to upload a header with a crisp white background. Everything else I'm sure I can figure out but I just need that starting point.

    Thanks in advance

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Have you reviewed Theme Development?

  3. brandbeautiful
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    I've read lot's of things but it doesn't really go in. I think the issue is, I just run straight back to the comfort of Blogspot when it gets complicated to understand because I know I can do it there. But I want to be using WP now

  4. wiresplus
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Just use a theme like expound or twentyfourteen. In fact, most themes are designed for blogging.

    From your dashboard, select appearance, then editor. Find 'header.php' in the side menu and edit it as you see fit. Remember to hit 'Update file' before browsing away.

    Really, you should look at building a child theme, which is really easy. That way, your modifications will stay when WP updates the core (about twice a month).

  5. brandbeautiful
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    I'd love to make a child theme but I'm not sure what that means. I've read about them and I bought the genesis framework (god only knows what I'm doing with that) but I don't know. I'm in a muddle.

    Thanks for your advice. I don't think I ever clicked 'update file' when messing around with code before. I will definitely do that next time lol :)

  6. wiresplus
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hey, that's cool.
    Do you have FTP access to the website's files?

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