For more on how I switched over, see my post here: How I Moved from Blogger to WP on my own Domain.
Because of my move, my layout and pretty much my whole design on my Blogger blog got washed out. That was pretty much the only downside of the switch. So I had to start fresh and do it all myself since I had already paid someone to move my blog, I didn’t want to dish out more money to have someone do the design as well.
There are lots of great themes to choose from in WordPress. A theme is the design and layout of your blog. Blogelina set up my blog on the Atahualpa Theme so that she could add in my header and my background for me. The Atahualpa Theme is completely customizable. You can add, edit or remove pretty much everything.
So this is what I have done with Atahualpa theme:
– I added the dark brown border around the whole center block.
– I created the menu bar with my pages. Added the green background color and changed the size of the font.
– Added the background for the sidebar and the dark brown border around each widget.
– Changed the font of my post and widget headers.
– I customized the wording of the byline and footer of my posts.
– Changed the link text colors.
I really like the theme I have. Their forum was very helpful in figuring out how to do things. I must admit at times I was very frustrated and just wanted to trash the whole thing and hire someone else to do it. But the more I played around with it, the easier it became.
If you are using this theme and need any help, let me know, I may have had the same issue. If you need me to go more in-depth on how I was able to edit the theme, just leave a comment and I can tell you step-by-step.
One knew thing I found that I think is pretty awesome is ColorZilla. If you are doing any sort of design on your blog or website, you really need to download this. I downloaded it as an add-on to Firefox so it opens as a toolbar within my browser. When I see a color I like, I use the color picker to select it and ColorZilla tells me exactly what the Hex # is so that I can use that same color throughout my blog. It was the only way for me to get the colors that I wanted.
The best part of switching to WordPress is the plugins! In Blogger, I used the widgets in my sidebar to create lists, show subscription and social links, etc. But in WordPress, there are plugins, lots and lots of them. When I first started playing around in WP, I was shocked that there were only 10-20 standard widgets. It took me a while but I figured out that the plugins are what you need. You download, install then activate them. Some can be used in widgets, others are to edit different parts of your blog and some are for SEO. There is a plug-in for everything! I am writing up a separate post on all the plug-ins I am currently using and what they do so stay tuned for that.
I have attained the look I was going for: simple, structured and easy to read. I love the colors of it and am very happy with the overall look. What do you think? What you do like or not like? Is there anything that should be changed or is hard to read?