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Better Blogging: CSS Image Swap on Hover

Just in case you ever want to display one image and have it swap to another one when someone hovers on it, here’s how! Hover your mouse over the image below (Yay, Bitmoji!) and you’ll see what I mean. I came across this method for swapping images on hover here and it worked better (and on more browsers) than methods I’ve previously tried, so it’s the one I’d use for now. (Note: The directions here work if your site is on WordPress.com and has an upgrade that allows Custom CSS.) In the Text Editor on a page or post or a Text Widget, paste the following HTML where you want your image to appear: Edit the HTML to include the URLs to your images in the two spots designated in the code above. Save/publish. Then go to Customize > CSS and add this: (If you’re using your own install of WordPress, you can do this with the Jetpack plugin with the Custom CSS module activated. Once activated, paste the CSS in Appearance > Edit CSS.) …

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

Today I’ve got more notes on my blog’s recent theme change. This time, we’ll be checking out how to add a credit to the footer, and also change the look of the existing credits down there too. If you missed a previous CSS post, browse my blogging tips tag, or check out these posts: Fix Up Your Blockquotes Dress Up Your Highlighted Text Notes on a Design Change, Part 1 (Site Header) Notes on a Design Change, Part 2 (Round Image & Social Media Icons) Add a Credit to the Footer I added CSS so I could have my own credit down in the footer next to the existing two. See: Here’s the CSS I used to make that happen: Notes: Different themes label the footer credit area differently, but Edin (and several others) will use this selector to target it. Use the right-click Inspect method again (here!) in Chrome to find the correct selector for your theme. Switch “before” to “after” to move your credit to the end. Edit the Size & Color of the Footer Credits You can also use CSS to …

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

Continuing on with the notes on my blog’s recent theme change, I’ve got more tips for customizing your blog and CSS today. Last time, I shared how I used CSS to take the header from this: to this: I’ve also previously discussed how to customize your text highlight color and style your blockquotes to make your blog more personalized. This time, we’ll see how to turn a photo from square to round with CSS, and learn some simple adjustments that can be made to the Social Media Icons Widget on WordPress.com. Round a Photo’s Corners I added a photo of me to my about page. It started out cropped as a square, then I used CSS to make it display as a circle on the page. Here’s the code I added: Notes: I figured out how to target the image (with the wp-image-3932 selector) seen in line one by right clicking on it on my about page, then clicking Inspect in Chrome. (See the screenshot to the right.) I explained this process under the section titled, Here’s how I …

Better Blogging: Notes on a Design Change

I switched the theme of this blog from Singl to Edin recently. They’re both free themes by Automattic on WordPress.com, and are also available for download to use on self-hosted WordPress sites. (Not sure of the difference? See here.) I’ve shared some CSS tips here before, on styling blockquotes and changing the color of your highlighted text. And since changing themes means changing CSS, I thought I’d share a few details on some adjustments I’ve made to the Edin theme so far. If you’re a WordPress.com user (like me!), you’ll need the Premium or Business upgrade to add CSS under Customize > CSS. Note: I’ve left the blockquotes as-is (but the same CSS would work on this theme) and made my highlighting color match the new orange with the same method I shared before, so those directions remain the same. The masthead area in Edin includes the site title and two menus, so of course I had to tweak those a bit to get a more customized look (while still leaving it super simple and not using a …

The 2015 WordPress.com Year In Review!

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments. That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part of a huge global community of people — WordPress now powers more than 25% of the internet — with interests ranging from the news shaping our world to personal stories that shape our own families and lives. We talked about the serious and the mundane, the silly and the sorrowful; we talked about creativity, sports, marriage, parenthood, politics, love, romance, differences, divisions, and identity. From all of us at Automattic to everyone in the WordPress.com community: it’s been a thrill to watch, participate in, and support your work. Here’s a quick roundup of notable moments from 2015: Viral Hits of 2015 Kiran Gandhi, running the London Marathon. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t f— with, it’s a marathon runner. —Kiran Gandhi, who ran the London Marathon while free-bleeding, in the viral post, “Sisterhood, blood and boobs at the…

Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
What if WordPress.com helped you… … update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app? … manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device? … spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating? … find the best content people publish with WordPress every day? What if we rebuilt WordPress.com from the ground up to make it all possible? Welcome to the new WordPress.com. We can’t wait to see what you create. Your home on the web has a home in your dock You’ve already been using parts of the new WordPress.com, in the new editor, improved stats pages, and refreshed Reader. You deserve web tools as powerful and flexible as your ideas. The WordPress.com for Mac app is the next step in a suite of improvements that help you realize your vision on the web — and it’s an app you already know how to use. Look familiar? Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined…