This is an activity that could take you ages to do. There are nearly 300 themes to choose from. So before you start fiddling with themes, think about what you want your blog’s appearance to look like.
- Do you want 1 sidebar or 2 sidebars?
- Do you want to be able to change the picture in the header?
- Do you want a tagline?
- Do you want pages mentioned in the header?
Sue Waters, one of the managers at Edublogs, has written a post grouping some themes according to what they can offer you. Check out her post then look at some examples of student blogs below. Also check out the widgets in their sidebars. Take note of any you would like on your blog.
Jenna uses Brand New Day, Kehana uses Notepad Chaos, Bronte uses Twenty Ten, Brooklyn uses Just Pink, Lily uses bouquet, May uses Classic chalkboard, Madeleine uses White Christmas, Iggy uses Spirit, Penelope uses Cherry Blossom, Ines uses Ever After, Nicholas uses Cheer, Vinnie uses Eighties, Vincenzo uses Twenty Ten
To change your theme:
Step 1. Blog dashboard, go to appearance then themes.
Step 2. It takes nearly two minutes for all themes to load. Wait until this appears before making a choice. Then click on mobile friendly.
Step 3. Look for one you like then click live preview underneath. If you want this theme, click the big blue save and activate button. If you want to choose another theme click cancel instead.
Step 4. To customise your theme go to appearance and check which options are available for you to change. Sometimes you can change the background image or colour. You might be able to change the header image or colour. If changing a header image, make sure you write down the number of pixels eg 1200x 450 so you can create your own image the right size in paint or an image editing program.
You can change your theme as often as you like, but each time check for widgets that might have changed, been moved into the inactive widgets area or even changed to a different sidebar area like a footer.