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How can I add graphics to the margins of my blog?

Asked by notabridesmaid (307points) January 27th, 2011

I noticed that people who have blogs on “blogger” often have graphics that stretch all the way across the screen like this one for example . (yellow background etc) I have a blog on wordpress and I am trying to figure out how to put some sort of graphics on the sides of my blog. You can see mine here to see what I mean There are several themes that I can choose from on wordpress but I want to be able to customize it a little more. Do I have to have to be using blogger or blog spot to have a custom look? And just in case anyone is thinking to ask, no,I did not ask this question to get traffic. If you look at my blog you will see it looks pretty dull and I am trying to learn how to spice it up a little.

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poisonedantidote's avatar

I have no idea how wordpress works, because I have never used it. However, I have made a lot of websites from scratch.

The way this is normally done is by adding a background image. Either as a large image or a tile that repeats it’s self. To do this you need to know a little bit about CSS.

The CSS to add a background image to a site is the following:

body {

background-image: url(file location + file name);

Here is a link to some information on CSS and backgrounds.

markehost's avatar

you need to somehow add some CSS styling. For example….

body {
background: url(‘location/of/image.png’) repeat 0 0

You need to know location of the image and make sure that its a tileable image. Meaning its seamless and can be tiled horizontally and vertically.

notabridesmaid's avatar

Thank you both! That was actually very helpful. When I log in there is a link that says Edit CSS. @poisonedantidote thanks for the link!

poisonedantidote's avatar

@notabridesmaid Be careful what CSS you edit. I imagine there are a few CSS files, all controling different things. You are probably looking for something like “master.css” or “main_style.css”. Something “main/primary” sounding.

Let me know if you get stuck

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