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Custom Blog Design on WordPress.com

Web Design • August 4th, 2006

As if somebody had heard our desperate scream for CSS customization on WordPress.com blogs, a CSS Editor plugin has just been released. It allows you to modify the stylesheet of any WP.com theme, and upload any images you want to use with your CSS. Bottom line: You can modify the design of the theme as much as its HTML allows. Of course, you must know your way around CSS, or you can completely ruin your blog’s presentation and usability.

To make things easier from a design perspective, they have also released the Sandbox theme, a minimal blog theme completely naked sans design or images, packed with several different layout options, which you can now dress up as your bubbly personality and individuality desires.

Inspecting how the new toys work: From the dashboard, go to upgrades to activate the custom CSS Editor. Seems like access to the functionality costs $15, but I’m not sure if this is it, or if it is a recurring annual payment as the announcing pages says “Purchasing the upgrade entitles you to edit CSS on one blog for one year.”

Hmmm… With this great release, and the talented Bryan Veloso joining Automattic, I’m not sure if developing a new WordPress theme for public release is worth it or needed at this point. But custom CSS is great news for all of you on wordpress.com. [Via Lorelle]

One comment:

  1. On August 4th, 2006 at 3:31 pm, Scott wrote:

    What makes the Sandbox different from other themes currently available is its rich semantic markup. Numerous classes and a thorough set of theme files make it unique: a great place for novices to begin, but also rich enough for seasoned designers to work wonders. ;-)


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