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*Please keep in mind that you will need a "Basic Blog" in order to customize it. If you do not already have a blog, please click on the Basic Blog button above for instructions on how to create a blog.
You can customize (or advance) a basic blog so that it serves many purposes, depending on your goals and main call to action. An advanced blog is ideal in these scenarios:
-You have a lot of static content/messaging to convey
-Aggregation and organization of information is a high priority
-Your main call to action is a “solo” activity, for example, getting users to download something or broadcasting a message to masses
-You require a marketing-worthy look and feel
Note: Your blog can be in an Active or Inactive state. Active means your blog is immediately public and searchable and will show up on dW blog lists. Inactive means it is hidden and only people with the direct URL can view the blog; it cannot be searched and is not visible on blog lists. You can use the inactive state to your advantage as you build your blog and make it active when you are ready. To enable or disable Active vs Inactive simply go to your blog "Preferences" and uncheck "Blog is active:"
*This very Start Here guide is an example of an "Advanced Blog."
If you would like to download generic customizable images to get started click the link below:
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Once you have created your blog click on the blog settings button as shown below.
You will then be taken to the preferences section. Click on the "Theme" url to select your blog theme for customization.
Once you are in the Theme selection screen, you will need to use the drop down menu to select the "minimal" theme template.
*It is important to select the "minimal" theme in order for customization to work.
After you have selected that template click on and then .
By clicking on the "Customize" button, you have downloaded the html templates that control your blog. You now have the ability to edit these templates by going into the "Templates" section of the blog preferences. It will look like the screen shot below.
Here is where we will begin to customize the html. This is a fairly advanced step and will take a bit of html knowledge to understand. Please click on the link below for full instructions on how to add functioning buttons and a homepage banner to your blog.
Adding a banner and buttons.