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Customize Your Blog’s Look and Theme

Hang onto your hats. You can now customize your own blog. I will be playing with this soon, but to get you started, here is the news. has announced release of a Sandbox Theme by Scott Allan Wallick and Andy Skelton. It allows you to customize your own blog’s look.

This is not a free feature. The cost is USD $15.00 for annual access to this “upgrade feature”.

To help you customize your Theme, they’ve introduced a Custom CSS Editor that allows you to customize your blog’s look. You can’t change the HTML, but you can mess around with the look.

If this overwhelms you, or you want to show off, Forums has a new section on CSS Customization to help you you.

There are limits to this. Right now, you can’t add any CSS to your individual posts. You will be able to change the styles in the CSS references within your Theme, but possibly not to the very finest detail you might like.

This is also opening a can of worms for support. Before you rush there seeking help on every div, id, px, em, font, etc., please check the following resources and search online for CSS tips, tricks, and techniques. There is a ton out there. Even here.

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  1. Posted August 4, 2006 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    “This is also opening a can of worms for support. ”
    Not really – I’m not supporting CSS. I don’t have enough hours in my day and to do so would harm the support for users I currently do support.

    All requests to me will be directed to the forum. The feature is a paid upgrade but enhanced support is not part of the package.

  2. Posted August 4, 2006 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle: Let’s be sure to keep Andy’s name firmly in that “by . . .” business. He’s really the mastermind behind the semantic functions of this theme, which is what makes it so flexible and ideal for skinning. 🙂

  3. Posted August 4, 2006 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, I’d love to see some examples of what this theme can do. It sounds interesting, but mostly for what you can add to it, rather than for what it looks like in its most minimalist form which is nice, but not stunning. Perhaps you’ve already linked to that and I missed it. Best, BL

  4. Posted August 4, 2006 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    This was just announced today. I don’t have any links to anything people can see and I haven’t tried it myself yet. I’ll let you know when I know more.

    For those of you who have forked over the $15, how about some feedback?

  5. Posted August 4, 2006 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    If I didn’t have my own server and used exclusively I’d be all over this. After this feature being added I think there’s no good reason anyone has to stay on their blogspot blog.

  6. Posted August 4, 2006 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Quite a good feature if you need better customization of your blog theme.

    However, I would have moved for much greater level template editting since this is a paid service.

  7. Posted August 6, 2006 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    bloglily: Don’t think that the Sandbox is only good for just minimalist themes. Not true at all. It really is limited only be the intentions of the designer and has the potential for some really slick, elegant dynamic functions. Keep your eyes open. I think we’ll all be quite impressed with what we see 😀

  8. Posted August 20, 2006 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Actually, if you have your own installation, you can download and use the Sandbox theme free, under GPL license, directly from Scott’s site:

    Not sure why he didn’t mention this…

  9. Posted July 22, 2008 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    As a newbie to blog building many thanks, Lorelle, for the resources. I have now installed WordPress and am in the process of customizing and only today started searhing for resources and this came up! I’ll check out the links and see where it all takes me.

  10. Mark
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    thansk @galiel for useful link
    thnks @lorelle good work

  11. Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    We’re in the process of changing the layout of our blog. We started by looking at the code and modifying all the the DIV’s etc and ended up having to resort back to the original file. I’ll take a leaf out of your book and keep it simple. Thanks for the tips on this. Regards Mog

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