Design, Upgrades

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.

To begin, purchase a plan, then 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.

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 have a Premium or Business plan with your site, we can also offer some CSS Support in Live Chat. 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. On, you can use Customize to change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup or PHP code. You can, however, upload a custom theme to a site with a Business Plan, or you can modify your own installation of at another host. More information here.

You can choose to apply your custom fonts or custom stylesheet to any of the themes available on You can also 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 requires the Business Plan on, and is done from My Site ->Themes, not the Customizer. 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 users are required to maintain the Admin Bar (the dark bar that appears at the top of sites when logged in).

The footer credit can be hidden if Business is active on a site. Please do not use CSS to hide or alter the credits if you do not have the Business plan.

All users can choose among several options for the footer credit, from a minimalist logo to text options like “A Website” or “Powered by” Please refer to this documentation for further information.

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.

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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