Have you ever dreamed of customizing your blog’s description, title, or appearance? Consider this paragraph a pinch, because you’re not dreaming. You’re wide awake, and you can do all of this and more from the Customize page.
You’ve got two equally-enjoyable options:
Along with customizing your blog’s appearance, description, and title, you can choose a new theme from this page by clicking “Browse Themes” or by visiting www.tumblr.com/themes.
Your blog appearance? Well, that’s just how your blog looks in the mobile apps, Dashboard, and search results.
On iOS devices, pull up your blog, press the user menu (the little dude with three lines), then select Edit Appearance.
On Android, press Edit while viewing your blog.
Touch things to change or hide them. Adjust your accent color. Go totally nuts.
You can also make these changes using a regular computer, if you prefer. Just click the gear icon at the top of the Dashboard to access your settings, then select your blog from the menu on the right. You’ll see the Edit Appearance button at the top. Click it.
You can check out any blog’s theme (including your own) by clicking on that blog in the dashboard, then clicking the username at the top of the panel that slides out.
Blog appearance is for tailoring how your blog looks on mobile devices, search pages, and the popover that appears when someone hovers over your username. Basically, your blog appearance is for anywhere that is not your blog URL.
Yes! Your title text, description text, and avatar are universally attached to your blog. If you change them via your appearance options, they’ll change everywhere. And no, there is no way to have different titles, descriptions, or avatars for each location.
Hover your mouse over the top-right corner of any post. See the little dog ear that folds down? Click on that, and the post permalink page will open in a new tab.
Just click on the avatar or the username of the blog you’re interested in. It’ll slide in from the right side of your browser window. Whoosh. Scroll through its posts, like and reblog them as you please, and when you’re done just click anywhere outside of the panel that the blog is in. Ah, there’s the Dashboard, right where you left it.
If you want to open the blog in a new tab, just click the username at the top of the panel that slides in. Or, straight from the Dashboard, you can ctrl-click (or right-click) on a username or avatar and select “Open Link in New Tab” from the menu that pops up.
If you want to edit the HTML of your theme, use the editor in the Customize section of your blog. The Description box is also HTML-enabled, if you just need a place to put small snippets of code.
If you want to know all the particulars of Tumblr’s theme code, have a look at our guide.
We’ve also got a brilliant guide to making custom Tumblr themes over here.
Definitely! If you’re feeling nostalgic about an old version, you can always switch back. We store recent versions of your Custom HTML on our Theme Recovery page. If you don’t see the version you want, it might be too many revisions back. This means it’s gone forever.
Hey, so we can’t help with HTML/CSS customizations, but if you need help you can ask a friend or brush up your skills. And if that fails, you can always use one of the zillions of themes at www.tumblr.com/themes.
If your blog looks a little wrecked or is totally blank, it’s possible that you’ve inserted incorrect code into your theme or blog Description. Try the following:
Sure, as long as it’s been less than two weeks since you bought it. Just send us a note and include your blog URL, date of purchase, and method of payment (last four digits of your credit card, or your Paypal email address). You’ll receive a response within three business days.
While the Tumblr Activity page is great for checking out your notes, we can’t really measure the activity on your blog page itself. That’s where Google Analytics comes in. It’s the best way to track stuff like:
Well, you could start by setting up a Google Analytics account. Some simple instructions are over here.
Many themes allow you to paste a Google Analytics ID in the Appearance section of the Customize menu. Learn how to find your Google Analytics ID here.
If your theme doesn’t have such a field, follow the instructions below.
This means Google’s system has not processed your data yet. If you continue having trouble, visit the Google Analytics help page.
Pages are just that: static web pages that are accessible on your blog, but don’t show up in the Dashboard. They’re great for stuff like your bio, resume, contact info, personal manifesto, criminal record, or any other information you want to give a permanent home to. You can also use them to redirect to your other social media accounts or websites, or link to your posts with a specific tag.
Standard Layout: Mirror your blog theme so the page will look just like the rest of your blog.
Custom Layout: Use some raw code to make the page look and feel exactly the way you want it to.
Redirects: Send a visitor to another URL. You could redirect visitors to your profile on external sites like Twitter or Facebook, or to all your posts with a specific tag (all of our feature release posts are at staff.tumblr.com/tagged/features, for example). Really, you can make it point to any working URL on the internet.
Make sure you’ve included “http://” at the beginning of the URL in the page edit box. If that doesn’t help, it might be something screwy in your custom HTML.
If these links aren’t showing up, a few things could be happening:
Create an HTML link in the Description or in the custom HTML of your blog that points to your page. For example:
<a href="/pageurl">My Page!</a>
(replace “pageurl” with the URL you set for your page)
No, pages are static and completely separate from your blog posts. You can redirect a page to show all your posts with a specific tag, though.