I hope these will help our members build some great sites. Be creative, try new things but most of all just get started. It’s fun and creative. Take these first steps now to chose the colors and pictures to build the Appearance of your site.
Some things to remember as you work on your site.
Preview your changes before you save them.
Save Changes or Save Drafts when you make your changes.
Publish when you are satisfied with what you’ve created.
Remember, you can always edit and edit again until you’re satisfied with your creation.
1. Go to your ”Dashboard” page. (click under your name at the top of your page and you should see the link for the dashboard) Once the dashboard comes up, we’re ready to move on.
2. On the left look for ”Appearance” click, then go to ”Theme Options.” This is where you decide how you want your page to look. You chose colors and how the page is set up with menus on your left, right or one column with no sidebar. This is the basic set up. We’ll add widgets and other things later.
a. Go to Color Schemes to chose your colors for your page backgrounds and header.
Do you want a light background or the dark? Mine is dark. (if you want pictures for header and backgrounds go to d. below)
b. Pick a link color for your links. Anything on your page that links to another page will be in this color. You can see on my page these are yellow.
c. Default Layout; right column, left column, one column no side-bar (pick your choice, try each one and see what happens)
d. Do you want a picture for your headers or background? Click on those and upload the pictures you want to use to your media files.
SAVE those changes and see what your page looks like. You can use Preview to look and see what changes you made and if you like them or want to change them again. Work on that and see what you come up with. Remember to save changes or save drafts. You can preview your page from your dashboard if you don’t want to keep it open in another tab while working on it. Each time you “preview” it will refresh the previous preview.
Under Theme Options you will also see Header and Background. The header can be a plain color or you can upload a picture or logo there. If you look at mine I have a picture in my header and background. The background is the area around your main information. This too can be a plain color or an uploaded picture.
These things won’t take long so I hope everyone will take a few minutes and work on enhancing their page. More to come…..
If something is not clear please message me with your questions. Taking these steps and writing them out to share is challenging but I’m here to help so please don’t hesitate to ask questions. ~Ann