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  • This will probably seem like a really ignorant question to most of you, but I’m completely new to and am new at using HostGator. I have installed a template and understand how to change the design, colors and so forth. What I don’t understand is how and where to go to change verbage. The author of the theme entered About Me info in the sidebar and I don’t know how to access it or change it. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  • Depends on the theme. It could be hardcoded in sidebar.php or using a file include with the text hardcoded in that file. It may even be pulling the data from your profile in the dashboard. Link?

    I haven’t changed anything yet as far as the theme. Just trying to learn my way around

    Are you using an editor like Dreamweaver? If so, you can just select the theme folder and search (ctrl+F) for About Me then change it.

    If that doesn’t work for you, check the theme options – Log into the dashboard then mouseover Appearance > click the drop down arrow. If there’s Your Theme Options below the editor link, click it and see if there’s an option for you to change it.

    If there’s no option to change it, click “editor”. That brings up the theme editor. Your theme should be selected, but double check it in the top right corner > Then select the file from the list called sidebar.php or something similar probably.

    Once the file loads, click inside the text editor box and search (ctrl + f) for “about me” (quotes not necessary).

    If you don’t see sidebar.php at first glance, double check. It looks like the standard wordpress template files are sorted alphabetically first then extra files are sorted alphabetically after that.

    Open sidebar.php and you will see this…

    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/rss.php'); ?>

    That is called a file include. So, off we go to rss.php and open it. This is what you see (among other things)…

    <h2>About Me</h2>
    Here I'll share my knowledge, discovery and experience related to my hobby and work. Most articles on this site are related to blog design, short reviews, tips and make money online.

    Edit to your heart’s content. 🙂

    Thank you both for your help. The rss template was the only one I didn’t look at assuming it was not related. LenK, you saved me from a very long night! Thanks again, have a good one!!!

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