We want to help your websites come alive with beautiful design. The WordPress.com theme team has been adding new themes at a dazzling rate, but did you know you can customize the style of any of our themes using the Custom Design upgrade?
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets which are styles that define how to display HTML elements. You can do anything from changing font colors to styling an entire site from scratch using CSS.
Not only does the Custom Design upgrade let you choose from 50+ custom fonts in the Fonts tab, it includes a CSS editor where you can save style rules after purchasing the upgrade or preview changes before buying.
Whether you are a design expert of amazing talent proportions or you are just learning the ways you can bend websites to your will, we think you’ll love making your WordPress.com sites even more beautiful with custom CSS. Beginners can start with the CSS Basics help page. Everyone is always welcome to share some CSS love in the WordPress.com CSS Customization forum where happiness engineers and amazingly tireless volunteers help with CSS questions.
To inspire you, here are a few strikingly different Twenty Eleven theme variations currently living at WordPress.com made by our very own Automatticans:
If you are a WordPress.org user, never fear! You can use the WordPress.com CSS plugin to get a CSS editor that won’t modify theme files, keeping them wrinkle-free and easy-to-update.
Go to Appearance → Custom Design → CSS in your dashboard and try out some CSS edits!
- Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:02 am
Nov 24th at 12:17 am
Great themes, designs. Very elegant. I guess I’ll be using not only one.
Nov 24th at 12:57 am
That’s amazing. However, I have a feeling that features are going under the paywall on WordPress. For the first time ever in my experience with WordPress.com since 2008, I’ve been disappointed with the fact that users can no longer use free typekit fonts on WordPress.com which was available earlier. I see a bad sign here.
Nov 24th at 12:59 am
Love that you showed us the different examples…way cool!
Nov 24th at 1:51 am
Informative for the novice like me… great!
Nov 24th at 2:34 am
Right. Informative is the word. :>
Nov 24th at 2:43 am
While I’m too poor to buy any upgrades at the moment (unemployed) I do appreciate knowing the technical names for each part… I started learning about HTML and CSS way back when I still made free websites on Angelfire. My how the times have changed and stayed the same I’m thankful for WordPress and try to convert my friends whenever possible. Any possibility of getting a WP application on the new Kindle Fire? My boyfriend has been bugging me about that since he got one a few days ago. He says he will help with some editing if you make that happen haha… It’s a bit scary moving into the digital publishing realm but I love that at WP we are guided and not forced. I may not be ready to upgrade yet but when me and my blog are ready I know I will have a blast changing every color, font and all the other tiny details no one else would possibly ever notice Loved the title of this post btw, very true.
Nov 24th at 2:52 am
Cool – like it
Nov 24th at 4:54 am
Great article on code and css, thanks.
Nov 24th at 5:12 am
I would like to see what could be done with Duotone, however it already seems like a great theme the way it is. Not sure what would improve it much more.
Nov 24th at 6:57 am
I have never used CSS before, because I find it rather intimidating. Thank you for your basic introduction, and could you do more of that in your help pages, please?
Nov 24th at 7:24 am
Amazing what you can do now!
Nov 24th at 7:29 am
The customisation options with CSS like great, but I don’t really want to spend ages coding…
Nov 24th at 7:57 am
Very nice article
Nov 24th at 7:59 am
Yup.. I like all the CSS Design..I too include this..
Nov 24th at 8:52 am
Living happily on wp.com with the css upgrade for more than 6 months now…
Nov 24th at 9:17 am
Thank you! I think I will experiment a lot… have a great day Sheri!
Nov 24th at 9:51 am
I’m studying PHP, HTML and CSS now, I am so excited~~
Nov 24th at 9:54 am
Finally . . . . . . .
Nov 24th at 10:29 am
Nov 24th at 10:34 am
Why dont you make things simplified so the everyday user can use them rather than this computer and software engineer language that you have used here which us basic users wouldn’t ever be able to use? I am yet to find anything thats been recommended from yourselves to ever work at all none of it is for the basic user and none of it works cant even put links in or drag and drop with WordPress and certainly can’t change fonts or colours of back ground. And if you change a theme it totally ruins the whole blog.
Nov 24th at 10:57 am
There is always great and useful information I found here in WordPress
That’s why I have fun while blogging with WP, not only because we able to share with others or get so many valuable nice info and knowledge … but more than that I really enjoy the way WP help me to keep learning some new thing
Nov 24th at 10:58 am
Very nice, thanks.
Nov 24th at 1:32 pm
There wouldn’t happen to be a help page for how to change font size, would there? I’ve managed to do it once, but I can’t remember how to put the code, or the codes for the font sizes…
Nov 24th at 1:40 pm
Has more CSS 3 support been added to the CSS Editor? Last time I tried to use anything more than the basics, quite a lot of my stuff got stripped out (transforms, media queries, etc).
Nov 24th at 3:41 pm
…yes, is nice!
Nov 24th at 5:04 pm
I’m looking forward to buy the upgrade, but I’m actually waiting till I get some more followers so that the change would would be worthwhile.
Nov 24th at 6:26 pm
Very true, and love the tag line “title” of this article…very effective!
Nov 25th at 3:47 am
Only know little about CSS, may take it a shot sometimes.
Nov 26th at 11:35 am
How can I assimilate what you’ve created into mine?
Nov 27th at 3:50 am
Great! Thank-you… Good to know, very helpful
Nov 27th at 8:19 pm
I would love to get in on creating new and interesting, cutting edge blog themes for WordPress. In a blog site I was previously on, I used to be able to design CSS templates for free. I don’t have the money to upgrade. Why do I have to pay to design something for others to use for free? Of course any design would have to be approved, plus it would have to be tested so it works for this site, I am just wondering why CSS designers have to pay to design themes? I’m not talking about designing themes for pay (like the premiums upgrades), I’m talking about the themes the public at large can use for free to customize or generic use. I don’t expect to get paid by WordPress for something I just want to design for fun! I am an artist/designer who likes to spend her free time creating blog themes. I’d love to donate a few ideas to WordPress. Is there a way to do it where I don’t have to pay? I’m on an extremely tight budget.
Nov 27th at 8:20 pm
Sorry about the questions! I’m still a WordPress newbie! However, I am really enjoying the layout and the user friendliness of this site. Thank you.
Nov 28th at 7:02 am
The power of CSS…
Nov 28th at 8:35 am
I really have to study this stuff more… I feel like I’m a chimp that has just been handed LEGOs. They taste good, but I think I’m using them all wrong.
Nov 28th at 4:46 pm
CSS editor is a good edition, however it is still incomparable with what can be done using WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com. So I would say that any successful blog at one time will realize that there is not enough features in WordPress.com and switch to the WordPress.org.
Despite this switch, I still think that WordPress.com is the best “starter-platform”, that gives huge opportunity, especially for non-ITbloggers, to share their thoughts….
Thank you WordPress
Nov 29th at 4:17 am
Hey there, I did not know what I did not know I wanted to know. Do you know what I mean?
I think your post is very interesting and slightly over my head. I am happy to know that I can get to that level of understanding However, considering I have only 24 posts under my belt I hope you don’t mind If I don’t quite understand?!?
Great job with the data in this post. Thank you for sharing.
Ta Ta for now, til later, Cathy the Bagg Lady
Nov 30th at 2:55 am
I’m sorry Sheri, where’s the CSS forum? I’ve read through one book on CSS, and when I’m done reading through WordPress Visual Quickstart Guide, I’ll return to finish, CSS Anthology (or something like that) from site point.
I’m not young, but love creating and technical jargon.
Did someone take your picture on the ski slopes? I’m in the North East, but hate the cold. Would rather live back in the South West, and drive up to the slopes when I feel like being cold, not when I have too.
One step at a time,
Nov 30th at 3:17 am
Okay, so I viewed the CSS Forum. However, somewhere on here I read that there’s a CSS Basic and other CSS sections. Where would that be?
Even though CSS has been around for a long time, I love learning about it.
Knowledge is power.
Love your Tag, Code is Poetry, CSS is Art.
Some believe Artist are born, I believe we learn it.
Nov 30th at 12:13 pm
I am using this Power of CSS.
Nov 30th at 4:43 pm
I worship the ground CSS walks on (or I would, if it were a physical entity that could, you know, walk ;)) and I bought the Custom Design upgrade as soon as my blog had got its first hit. I’m not CSS-savvy enough to go with one of the Sandboxes, but I do know enough that I can take an existing theme and customise its socks off. So Custom Design was absolutely money well spent for me – I’m very happy with it!
Nov 30th at 10:10 pm
Hey , I like your post . Specially the title of the Post “Code is Poetry , CSS is Art ” .
Very nice saying , very True
Dec 3rd at 10:21 am
Hw r u ? I really like the Title of your post “Code is Poetry, CSS is Art”. Awesome
I’m a Web & Graphic Designer & i just love HTML & CSS (It’s my life, can’t live without CSS).
Thanx for ur great post.
Dec 4th at 5:29 pm
That was a really cool article!! Keep it up! (:
Dec 5th at 11:25 am
Reallly Interesting Post, the title of this post is so great it attracted me to read the whole of this post.
Im a 15yr old tech blogger seeking advice.
Dec 5th at 2:47 pm
Sheri, beautiful article title! Thanks
Dec 5th at 10:40 pm
Hey, have been wanting to learn CSS for ages, you guys got any pointers, websites or videos to watch that will help? thanks
Dec 6th at 1:29 am
Reblogged this on TECHNOWORLD.
Dec 6th at 2:46 am
Thanks Sheri for al the great tips.
From a big CSS fan
Dec 7th at 2:45 am
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