Blue Cheese

Getting Started

To start making edits to your theme you’ll need to go on to your blog page and click Edit Theme at the top right.

Colours

We’ve kept the colour options for the theme minimal. The few options let you take control of the look and feel of your blog. These can be located on the customization screen at the top.

If you was to change the main Background to white. You would want to change Text and Accent to a colour like black and check the Post BG colour to make sure it doesn’t clash. Same goes with Header BackgroundHeader Text and Logo.

You can choose to use a text logo or upload your own logo.

Image Logo

To upload your own logo find the Logo image box at the top of the customize screen and upload an image. The maximum height is 60px so all images will be resized to fit.

Text Logo

You can change the font to be used as the logo (check the Fonts section). You can also customize the colour and whether you want the logo text to be all in capitals or not by finding the Logo Text dropdown menu.

Fonts

There are two options with adding fonts, Google fonts and Typekit. You can view a list of popular fonts to use under the Fonts dropdown in the customize screen.

You can choose from these fonts or if you scroll down and find the boxes: Body Font, Logo Font and Title Font. In here you can set individual fonts for the body, logo and banner.

Google Fonts

In this example we will use Open Sans.

  1. Copy the font name. 
  2. Paste this into the Body Font box. This will change the font for the whole website. Excluding the Logo and banner.
  3. To use the font in the Logo/Banner you will also need to paste it in the respective boxes.

Font Size and Weights

To change font size you will need to change the boxes: Font Size, Logo Size and Banner Text Size.

For font weights there are three dropdowns to adjust.

Sidebar

The sidebar is on by default. You can also set it to open when users go on your website by turning the Show Sidebar on Startup option on (it’s off by default).

Avatar

To upload an avatar to the sidebar upload a Sidebar Avatar image.

Navigation

How to add a page to Tumblr.

Tumblr’s Archive, Random and RSS links are turned off by default on our themes. Find the switches to turn them on.

Custom Links

To add custom links find the Custom link boxes and put the name of the page and a link to the page. e.g.

To link to your social media paste your profile link in the relevant URL box.

Image Ads

You can add up to 4 image ads by finding the Sidebar Image Ad section, here’s an example of how you would add the four. You can choose whether to add a link/title to the images also.

Remove Sidebar

If you don’t want the sidebar then you can turn off the Sidebar option. It will still show up on Sidebar so if you want it removed there also turn on the Mobile Hide Sidebar option.

Banner

The first thing you will need to do is turn on the banner because it’s switched off by default.

Banner Image

After the banner’s switched on you need to upload an image. Find the Banner Background box and upload your banner image. Recommended size: 1400×800.

For mobile you can also upload a Mobile Banner Background. Which will only show on mobile. 800px800px should be fine.

If you are adding banner text/video I recommend also switching on Banner Overlay which adds a slight dark background on top of the image so that text stands out more.

 

Banner Video

You have three options for the banner video:

Youtube Video

Once you have the Video ID paste it in to the Banner Youtube Video ID box.

Youtube Playlist

First make sure your Youtube Playlist is Public or Unlisted and that Embedding is allowed.

Then, go to your playlist page and copy after list= make sure it looks like this. Then paste this in to the Youtube Playlist ID box. Also make sure you have nothing in the Youtube Video ID and Vimeo boxes.

Vimeo Video

Make sure embedding is enabled on the video then copy the video ID from the URL.

 

If you do not want the banner to show on mobile toggle the Mobile Hide Banner option on.

Banner Video Settings

By default the video’s will play autoplay with the volume off. To customize this find this section:

You can also remove the video buttons by switching off the option Banner Video Buttons.

Banner Text and button

Next you can add some text or a button. Just find the Banner Text box and the Banner Button boxes.

Mobile

On mobile you can hide the banner by switching on the Mobile Hide Banner option.

You can also add a Mobile Banner Background which is an image that will show on mobile instead of the main banner image.

Posts

There are two layout styles for posts. The first (Not Fullscreen) shows posts in a wrap. You can change this to fullscreen which will change the whole website to a fullscreen layout.

You can customize how posts look by changing the Show settings. It’s self explanatory.

 

Photo Posts

By default photo posts have no caption but once opened the caption shows. To show the caption on the homepage turn on the option Show Post Caption.

Columns

You can customize how many columns of posts you want. To do this find the Posts Columns dropdown and change the number, it’s that simple.

Bigger posts

To display posts double the size add the tag x2.

Misc

Google Analytics

On Google Analytics create a new property for your Tumblr blog address and paste that tracking ID in to the Google Analytics ID field in your blog’s Customization settings.

Translations

If your website is in a language other than English you will need to find the Translate section in the Customize screen and translate the text that you see there.

Stash Credit

To remove Stash credit from your website you will need a Full License. Instructions are provided once you’ve obtained the license.

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