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http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ [Post re-written December 2011, after the recent WP updates.] Profile & avatar Normally you upload your avatar image in Users > My Profile; in case this doesn’t work, you can do it directly at http://en.gravatar.com/. Note: avatar or gravatar = user pic; not to be confused with favicon or blavatar = blog pic (shows … Continue reading

Sidebar at the bottom and related layout issues

The main posts page of your blog is structured as a series of sections containing other sections, each one with its own layout and styling. Each section is defined by a pair of div tags: an opening one and a closing one. If a solitary div tag is accidentally introduced somewhere in a post or in a text widget, the structure of the page gets messed up from that point on. Continue reading

Alternative post formats

In most wordpress.com themes, posts have the same standard format on the main posts page (title, content, plus metadata & comment tab), and all the posts in a theme have the same styling. Usual exception: sticky posts or other “featured” posts.
But in some of the newer themes, you can select alternative formats for a post, in order to distinguish or highlight particular types of content. Continue reading

Post formats in Vertigo

Vertigo supports ten different post formats: standard, aside, status, chat, image, gallery, quote, link, audio, video.
Each one meant for different types of content, each one visually differentiated on the main posts page – subtly or not.
Post metadata displayed only when Continue reading

Guide to The Morning After

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ (To Vivian) The Morning After is one of the most recently added wp.com themes. Distinguishing feature: its homepage template – plus lots of options. The header area Upper section: title, tagline, search, header links The special header links (green icon plus text) can be any of these five: Home, About, Archives, Subscribe, Contact. Each … Continue reading

The workings of Twenty Eleven / Duster

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ Chief attraction: the unique Showcase page template. Chief drawback: no sidebar on single posts and static pages (Duster), no sidebar on single posts (Twenty Eleven). Post formats In addition to standard posts, Duster and Twenty Eleven support Aside, Link, Gallery, Status and Quote formats. Effect Aside, Link, Status – on main posts page: no … Continue reading

Widgets for wp.com blogs: 12 – some non animated messages

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ • General background: The gigya shortcode 3 – widgets. • Paste shortcode into text widget or html post/page editor. • All except no.4 resizable – check my posts on sidebar width and main column width. • May not display correctly in Explorer – use at your own risk (till Explorer learns to behave, or … Continue reading

List of posts

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ 1. THEME SURVEYS General • WordPress.com themes – from oldest to newest • WordPress.com themes – from most to least popular Various features • Archives and Links page templates • Blockquote style • Category/archive pages: full posts or not • Category descriptions • Child pages: links displayed on parent or as dropdowns • Color … Continue reading

For amusement only…

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ Some time ago WP imposed a perverse 30-minute block on volunteers in the forum, [see Update at end of post] so that staff could answer questions first. They claimed they were “considering focusing more staff support on the forums”. Hasn’t happened (in fact, staff presence in the forum has decreased now that they’re busy … Continue reading

Widgets for wp.com blogs: 5 – weather

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ • General background: The gigya shortcode 3 – widgets. • Paste shortcode into text widget (or html post/page editor). For suitable dimensions check my post on sidebar width (or post/page width). • May not display correctly in Explorer – use at your own risk (till Explorer learns to behave, or till users learn not … Continue reading

Featured images

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ “Featured images” are supported in a relatively small number of themes (see below). They are set as shown in the relevant Support doc. The function of a featured image is theme-dependent. Unfortunately the Support doc mentions emphasizes one of the possible functions only, and has misled many users. [See Update at end of post.] … Continue reading

Sticky posts and their appearance

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/ On your main posts page, recent posts are normally displayed in reverse chronological order (latest at the top). A sticky is a post that overrides this order: no matter what its date, it will show up above the most recent post. The option is found if you click the “Visibility” tab in the Publish … Continue reading

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Announcement 22/03/2012: After WP's latest move, this blog will no longer offer active support and assistance. The blog will remain online but commenting on older posts has been disabled.
✶ All theme-related posts are updated up to and including theme 189 in this list, but will not continue to be updated.

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