How I customized my WordPress Blog #1

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about the birth of my blog. Well, since then I’ve been doing some thinking—and I remembered when I first started to blog for another online project 18 months ago. Back then, I knew nothing about how to set up a blog, customize it and even competently write a post!

Over time, I learned the skills necessary to hand-code CSS, and read a great deal about many aspects of blogging. One thing I can tell you is this—there was a lot of research involved—and I had to trawl many sites to get the information I required.

I always thought how great it would be if there was a series of blog posts, or tutorials, to give me an example of how another blogger set up their site. Sure, there are many articles out there on the web, but none of which were both a personal example of someone else’s experience.

For me, learning by an example is a great way to learn. Rather then reading tutorials regarding how things could be done—I love to read articles outlining real examples and techniques.

So, what I am aiming to do in this series of blog posts in to write the process of setting up my blog from scratch. I’m going to write them in a way that I would personally like to read a ‘tutorial’ myself. I invite you to travel on this journey with me—and I hope that I can either inspire you in some way or provide a good informative read.

I don’t know yet how many parts there will be in this series about WordPress customization, maybe it will go on and on, evolving with my site. Please let me know your thoughts about this series along the way…

7 thoughts on “How I customized my WordPress Blog #1”

  1. Rob Cubbon

    Messing around with WordPress blogs is something I’ve done for about a year or more and I still think there’s loads to learn. But then again it’s tantalisingly easy to do certain things. I think you’ve done a great job on this one, Andrew, I love the logo, I love the header, I love that it doesn’t look too… bloggy! I look forward to reading more…

    Rob Cubbons last blog post..New logo and identity designed

  2. Andrew Kelsall

    Thanks Rob,
    it’s good to hear an opinion on my header. I’ve been really busy for 3 weeks, so now now I’m going to concentrate on finishing the job.

    I agree there’s lots to learn with blog customizing, so my trusty Firebug extention for FireFox is a great help.

    Thanks again for the encouragement.

  3. Janet Lane

    Hi, Andrew,
    Thanks for the follow and nice to meet you. My blog is through WordPress, too, and I have been unable to make sense of their instructions for how to post photos in the sidebar. I’m also due for placement in remedial RSS because I don’t know how to do that, either. I’m running as fast as I can, but the train’s going faster. I’m looking forward to reading your WordPress blog series! –Janet, Littleton, CO USA

  4. Andrew Kelsall

    Thanks Janet, the next installment is due in the next couple of weeks 🙂