The elusive theme font & playing with CSS

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I’m still looking for the title font in my new theme’s demo version. This particular font was not included in the theme files I downloaded and installed – nor, apparently, in the demo files, which I also downloaded and installed, in order to make my new blog look as much like the demo as possible.

And it definitely looked a lot like the demo, but without that title font – the title font that I really, REALLY wanted.

<Insert scowling emoji>

I’ve searched the Google Fonts page. No luck, so far.

I did, however, learn some basic HTML and CSS, and I found the exact spot in the theme’s CSS style sheet that, for some asinine reason, made my title and subtitle all uppercase – even though the title and subtitle were NOT uppercase in the demo.

I found it, I cut it out (after experimenting with Google Chrome’s “Inspect” feature), and when that worked, I also went back and played with the fonts and font-sizes a bit, until I was satisfied (for the moment) with how the title, subtitle, and page menu looked. I went with the Rock Salt font for the title. I’m not married to it, but it’ll do for now.

I kept the page menu in uppercase. It works.

I’m still annoyed with Mojo Marketplace for making it look more complicated than it really is to install a theme (it’s really not hard at all; the harder part is making your new blog look good).

I’m also annoyed with CirqueStudio for not answering my questions yet (I sent them a message four days ago and another the day after that. I’ve asked for a refund of their installation fee, since I was too impatient to wait five days for them to do it. I’d be okay with letting them keep that though, if they could fix a little something for me.

That little something is the fact that my new blog’s theme is not mobile-friendly – or, at least, the formatting for the title isn’t. The header as a whole doesn’t look the way it should, and it hasn’t from the moment I installed it. The demo’s mobile version looked fine.

It may be because of the particular font used and the space and formatting requirements connected with it – since the theme “kit” didn’t include the font they used for the mobile-friendly demo version. But I’m groping in the dark, here.

need my blog to be mobile-friendly, so I’ll do some more digging. The way it looks now on my iPhone is so aesthetically  irritating, I can’t even tell you what it makes me want to do. Cover your ears.

Oh, just humor me!

Anyway, I think I’ve made the point that my new blog – – is still like a baby goat tripping over its own legs every time it tries to stand, but I only started it a few days ago, and I’m still in the middle of writing my book, so I’m not thoroughly disgusted with myself.

I spent some time combing over the .xml file in the zipped demo folder I downloaded. I think my eyes are going to hate me for a while.

What about you? Ever downloaded and installed a theme that gave you problems? If so, how did you fix them?

Also, if you want to give me your honest opinion of my new blog, I’d love it. I did say “honest,” too. Be kind, but be straightforward, too. Lay it on me.

Feel free to be blunt. I grew up with that, and I won’t shatter. Pinkie swear.

Take care, and have a great week! 🙂



2 thoughts on “The elusive theme font & playing with CSS

  1. I like that, a baby goat tripping over its own legs…cute. I understand your frustration. Even though my WordPress is a free one, I am forever running into all sorts of glitches because things I want to change can’t be done on a .com blog, only on a Go figure. All I want is a Marcellus font, my Goodreads add-on to work, oh, a free MailChimp thingy so I can build a mailing list. Too much to ask, I suppose.


    1. We had goats when I was little, and I remember going downstairs during the night to visit and try to soothe a new baby goat who kept trying to stand up in her wooden box and kept falling down. I remember being afraid she’d break her legs – or something else – and I tried to calm her down, but she was determined to get the hang of standing and walking around.
      I found a plugin that creates an alternate mobile version for my blog, and it looks a lot better than what I see from my customization window when I switch over to mobile view. It’ll do nicely, for now, at least.
      Not being able to pick my own fonts and font-sizes for my free blog was always a sore spot for me. The free themes are designed, I think, to make us wan to spend some money for a theme we can customize to our heart’s content. But when I first installed my new blog’s theme, I still couldn’t change the fonts from the customization screen. Only after some tinkering and watching videos did I figure out how to make it look pretty close to the demo version. The whole process isn’t as self-explanatory as I’d like, and I’m hoping I won’t have to fork over any more money to make this blog what I want it to be.
      The Goodreads widget should work on a free blog, though. I added one to this blog. I tried setting up a MailChimp subscriber box on this blog, though, and it wouldn’t take. Works fine on the new blog, so far – as far as I know. Time will tell.
      I still haven’t found that font I like, and I’m too cheap to buy one that isn’t already accessible via GoogleFonts, so …. Could be worse.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! I hope you’re having a good week! 🙂

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