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New WordPress Theme – Fusion

New WordPress theme – Fusion, just came out last month. This versatile theme makes it great for a variety of uses. Whether you have technical blogs, long-form writing, posting code samples, and displaying large images, it can accommodate all. Fusion can be used just like any other WordPress.com theme. However, if you prefer a wide layout, this theme allows you to do so.

Example of Fusion's out-of-the-box layout and design Example of Fusion’s out-of-the-box layout and design.

Fusion comes with a tons of functions. Here are some of them: a widget-ready footer, support for custom header image and custom menu, and options for you to customize the layout. Layout options in Appearance? This theme also includes fixed or flexible layout, choice of left, right, or two right sidebars, or a full-width main column with no sidebars. The archive pages allow you choose to display full posts or excerpts only in your choice.

Fusion Theme OptionsTheme Options screen for Fusion.

This theme can be easily added a custom header image and custom menu, and used the various layout options to change the look so that it has its unique appearance. Below is an example of a wide design using the one-column, no sidebar layout option, flexible width main column, and custom header image.

Fusion Theme DemoExample of Fusion customized to display a full-width main column with no sidebar.

Fusion is designed by digitalnature, it is now available for WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress.org sites, from the WordPress.org Themes Directory.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. Fixed width (one sidebar): main column width is 646, sidebar width is 245.
  2. Fixed width (two sidebars): main column width is 490, primary sidebar width is 206, secondary sidebar width is 165.
  3. Fixed width (no sidebar): main column width is 980.
  4. Fluid width (one sidebar): main column minimum width is 514 (no maximum width), sidebar width is 177.
  5. Fluid width (two sidebars): main column minimum width is 390, primary sidebar minimum width is 146, secondary sidebar minimum width is 125.
  6. Fluid width (no sidebar): main column minimum width is 780.
  7. Custom header image dimensions are 980 by 148 (width, height).

Do you like this new WordPress theme – Fusion? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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What Theme Do You Prefer to Use?

After you registered a Free blog in WordPress.com, the next thing is to find out what theme do you like to use. You can go through themes within your WordPress.com’s dashboard and find one that you would like to use. Personally I love to use Cutline theme for a couple of reasons:

  1. It allows you to customize your header image;
  2. It is very simple and clean looking;
  3. It is already optimized for SEO (Search Engine Optimization);
  4. It is a widgets-ready theme;
  5. It allows you to choose your favorite layouts;
  6. Its author provides lots of supports for this theme.

You can find out more details of other themes before you choose yours, check out WordPress.com Theme Reviews before you make your decision.

What theme do you prefer to use? Please leave a comment below.

How to Replace Your Header Image in WordPress.com Blog?

The WordPress theme, Cutline, is the most downloaded theme so far. Do you know why? One reason is that it is already optimized for SEO (search engine optimization) purpose. Another reason is that it provides widgets ready functionality. I also like the way that it comes with its own header image. However I would like to replace it with my own unique image. How can you do that? Actually it is pretty easy if you are using WordPress.com software for your blog; all you have to do is to follow the steps below:

  • Login to your WordPress.com dashboard
  • Click on Appearance/Header
  • A new page will open; click Browse button to find your desired image (you have to have your image ready from your Personal Computer.)
  • Click Upload to upload your desired image to your WordPress.com
  • It will lead you to a new page where you can see your uploaded image
  • Adjust your header to the desired position and click on Crop Header. If you have already made your image’s dimension the same as the default one, then this step will be skipped.
  • Now a new page tells you that “Header Complete! Visit your site and you should see the new header now.”

That’s all. You have just successfully replaced your theme’s header image to your own and it doesn’t take that long.

Would you like to replace your header image in a WordPress.com blog? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.

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Can You Add Widgets to WordPress.com Blog?

My theme, Cutline, came with some widgets. I was wondering whether I can add MyBlogLog widget to my WordPress.com blog and I found out I can. Here is the article showing me how to do it: How to Add a MyBlogLog Widget to A WordPress.com Blog. I applied the same method to a social network, Technorati, and it works! Check it out on the left sidebar. Just let you know that WordPress.com doesn’t accept third party codes, especially for the commercial sites.

Can you add widgets to a WordPress.com blog? Please leave a comment below.

Update: I just found out that WordPress.com doesn’t accept Google Analytics service. According to FAQ in WordPress.com, Google Analytics code is already used by WordPress.com software to monitor the domains in ways that provide with useful information to benefit the service they offer; and I also can’t implement FeedBurner FeedFlare and Subscribe via Email Form (only a link) on this blog – a WordPress.com blog.