Today Ian Stewart made a WordPress Theme Team announcement that concluded with:
I love the idea of meeting the ‘expectations and hopes’ of everyone here by delivering to you the best in WordPress themes. Pretty, painless, perfect-fit ones that just plain work.
Well that’s good news. What would be exciting news is that WordPress.com has installed an editor that allows us to change fonts and background colors by clicking buttons. Just saying that I believe these are among the very reasonable expectations and hopes that WordPress.com bloggers have.
Reasonable expectations and hopes
It’s very hard to fathom why these features aren’t available to us here at wordpress.com when they could be if the WordPress team chose to include the full features of the TinyMCE editor in the software.
It’s very difficult for members volunteering to answer questions on the WordPress.com support forums to explain why there is such a glaring difference between those who have free hosted blogspot (Blogger) blogs and who can do these things free of charge by clicking buttons, but we can’t do them at WordPress.com without paying for a CSS editing upgrade that must be renewed annually.
Existing options for WordPress.com bloggers
- We have always been able to switch to the HTML editor and do what’s described in the support documentation font size and color entry and that amounts to using HTML on a post by post and page by page basis.
- We can use TypeKit fonts. Although some people have had trouble using TypeKit fonts not all have. Here’s the link to a brief typekit fonts for wordpress.com tutorial that we can consult and more instructions can be found as well.
- The third way to change font style, size and color is to purchase an annually renewable CSS upgrade from wordpress.com and change fonts throughout the entire blog by means of CSS editing. This upgrade is only recommended to those who have experience with CSS editing as there is no Staff support for it, and precious little Volunteer support. Those who do purchase the upgrade are expected to possess at least moderate understanding of HTML and CSS because they must be prepared to work independently when editing CSS stylesheets for their themes.
- The fourth way we can change font size, style and color on WordPress.com blogs is by changing themes.
Notes and resource links for WordPress.com bloggers
Change font in header image
If you have a chosen a WordPress.com theme with the customizable header option, you can change your customizable header on your WordPress.com at any time, and use a free font or one you purchase of your own choice to place your blog title and tagline on the image. Then you can choose to “hide text” when you upload your custom header.
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