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Custom Design

With Customize you can personalize your blog’s look and feel with intelligent color tools, custom fonts, and a CSS editor that you can use for more precise control of your site’s design.

As of September 1, 2014, Custom Design is now a feature of the Premium and Business Plans. Learn more about our plans at

To begin, go to My Sites → Customize. Once open, you can start to experiment with the menu on the left side of the page to open panels for Colors, Fonts, and CSS.

Preview Custom Design Before Purchase

Anyone can preview the Customize tools for free. If you haven’t purchased Premium or Business and would like to preview the tools, go to My Sites → Customize → Custom Design and click on the Try Now button.



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How to Exit the Custom Design Preview

To exit a Custom Design preview from within My Sites → Customize, click on the X at the top, left-hand corner of the page:



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Custom Fonts

The Fonts panel allows you to set custom fonts served from Typekit for headings and base text. To learn more about how custom fonts work, please read the Custom Fonts help page.



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Custom Colors & Backgrounds

The Colors & Backgrounds panel has intelligent color tools such as predefined palettes, color suggestions, a color picker, and a wide variety of background patterns. To learn more about how custom colors work, please read the Custom Colors help page.



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Custom CSS

The CSS panel contains an editor which can be used to customize the appearance of a theme using CSS code. The CSS editor is a more advanced option for those who know CSS or who are interested in learning it. If you don’t know CSS and want to learn, you can get help in our community CSS Customization support forum. For more information about working with the CSS editor, check out our help pages on CSS Basics and Editing CSS.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I connect a account to my blog?

We no longer support connecting an outside account to a blog as of Nov 2013. We made this change so that we can focus on making one set of simple-to-use tools in CustomizeFonts, which includes a selection of Typekit fonts, instead of maintaining two sets of separate tools. Blogs that currently have a account connected using the Advanced Mode for fonts may continue using that connection, but new Customize users no longer have the option to connect an outside font account.

If I switch themes, will my fonts and CSS carry over to the new theme?

Fonts will carry over, but CSS will not. CSS is theme-specific and CSS written for one theme will most likely not make sense to use with another theme. You can always access CSS you saved in the past via the CSS Revisions link at the top right of the Customize → CSS panel.

Does Customize let me edit HTML?

No. Customize allows you to edit fonts, colors, and CSS only. You can change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup or PHP code. If you require this functionality, please consider moving your blog to a web host that supports theme code modifications. You can read more about why here, and find a suitable host here.

You can choose to apply your custom fonts or custom stylesheet to any of the themes available on You can use any theme as a blank canvas if you check the Don’t use the theme’s original CSS option in the Customize → CSS panel.

Does Customize let me upload themes?

No. Uploading custom themes is not supported on Read more about this here.

Are there any restrictions to the CSS?

Any CSS that poses a security risk is stripped. This includes @import of outside files and @font-face to include font files.

May I remove the Admin Bar, credit links such as ‘Blog at’, theme, font, or toolbar links?

All bloggers are required to maintain the Admin Bar (the dark bar that appears at the top of sites when logged in) as well as credit links in the footer, even our VIP bloggers. Please do not hide or alter text or links for the footer credits or the toolbar. Modifying the style of the footer text (i.e. colors and font size) is fine as long as it’s still readable. Using CSS, you can also add content like a copyright notice to the existing footer. If you would like to do that, you can ask in the CSS Customization forum and Staff or our community volunteers would be happy to help you do that.

I’m not sure if Customize is right for me. Can I try before I buy?

Yes! If you haven’t purchased the upgrade yet, go to Customize, click the Custom Design menu link, and click the Try Now button. The CSS panel has an editor where you can paste CSS code and preview the changes in the live preview area on the left. The CSS changes you try before purchasing the upgrade will only be visible to you, so you can test and edit to your heart’s content.

If you’d like to preview your custom colors, fonts, or CSS with a different theme, but without changing the appearance of your live blog, you can use the Live Preview link below any theme on the classic dashboard under Appearance → Themes.

I made a purchase and changed my mind. Can I get a refund?

Yes. Please check our refund policy on upgrades.

What happens if I remove Customize?

All upgrades on are renewed yearly. Should you choose to cancel your subscription, your custom fonts, colors, and CSS will no longer be applied to your blog. The revisions for your customizations will still be saved, but they won’t be visible on the blog’s front end unless you renew your subscription.

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