How to Add Navigation Links to Your Header

As you add content to your site, you’ll no doubt want to edit the navigation links that appear at the top of each page. Fortunately, this is extremely easy to do with the Copyblogger Theme, and with the help of this tutorial, you’ll be able to get the job done in less time than it’ll take you to brew that next pot of coffee.

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Subscribe to Comments Plugin Updated for WordPress 2.2+

WordPress ninja Mark Jacquith has updated his excellent Subscribe to Comments Plugin to work with WordPress 2.2 and higher. Pick up version 2.1.1 of the plugin as soon as possible—both you and your readers will be glad you did.

Subscribe to Copyblogger Theme Comments

One thing I have forgotten to mention thus far is the fact that the Copyblogger Theme supports the amazing Subscribe to Comments plugin from Mark Jaquith. If you want to use it on your own site (and I highly recommend that you do), all you have to do is activate the plugin—it’s literally plug and play with this theme.

I’ve also activated the plugin on this site, and this means that instead of being forced to check back here every fifteen minutes to see if I’ve responded, you’ll simply receive an email whenever new comments are posted on those posts to which you’ve subscribed.

Oh, and while you’re at it, go ahead and subscribe to the main feed, too. I’ll be cranking out articles over the next couple of weeks that detail everything you need to know about working with the theme, and you’ll definitely want to stay up to date!

Update: The Subscribe to Comments plugin is not yet fully compatible with WordPress 2.2, which is currently running this site. If you’re still running WordPress 2.1.x, then the plugin will work for you, and it’s still plug and play with this theme.

I’ll give everyone the heads-up when a new version of the plugin is released.

How to Format Your Images with Copyblogger

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If you want your blog posts to appear as polished as possible, then proper image styling is a must. Gone are the days of align="left" and align="right"—the best way to style your images is through the use of CSS classes, and the Copyblogger theme comes with a robust set of image styling options that will have you looking like a formatting pro in no time.

The only roadblock that stands in between you and these styles is the WordPress posting interface itself. You can’t apply CSS classes to image declarations from within the visual text editor, so you’ll have to switch to the code editor in order to make it happen. Don’t worry, though—it’s a straightforward process, and I’m going to walk you through it right now.

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How to Use the Copyblogger Theme Like a Pro

The only thing better than a great WordPress theme is actually knowing how to max out the numerous features and styling benefits that it offers. In lieu of that earth-shattering revelation, I’d like to take you on a guided tour so you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to make the most of the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress.

First, a Word on the Layout

Typographic grid thumbnailThe layout you see today is not the original Copyblogger design—it’s one that’s been “digitally remastered” to achieve a quality standard that I feel is unsurpassed in the world of open-source theme development. I used relative (or em-based) sizing on nearly every element of the theme, making it an infinitely scalable layout that can accommodate visually-impaired users with ease. If you’re using FireFox, resize the text with ctrl + + to see how this works.

Also, I took extreme care to develop the theme so that it adheres quite strictly to a typographic grid. Click on the thumbnail above to get an idea what I mean, or read about setting type on the Web if you’re into that sort of thing. Continue reading →

Welcome to the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress

You’ve come to the right place! How do I know? Because this is one place on the Web where you truly can leave with more than you arrived with, and best of all, it won’t cost you a dime!

The Copyblogger Theme for WordPress is the second fully-developed theme from Chris Pearson, the same guy who developed (and later sold) the Cutline Theme for WordPress.

Chris likes great SEO, squeaky-clean XHTML, accessible layouts that look identical across all modern browsers, ubiquitous design solutions, and talking about himself in the third person.

Seriously, though, I think the Copyblogger Theme for WordPress encompasses all those key points, and I believe it can help you become a better publisher.