Russellby Automattic

Russell is an elegant and modern theme for personal blogs. Crafted with fashion, lifestyle, and travel bloggers in mind, Russell provides a subtle yet refined look that can be further customized with different colors and font pairings to match your vision perfectly.

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We know starting from scratch can be daunting, so we included step-by-step instructions to help you build an attractive website. If you’d like to skip right to a specific section, click on the relevant link:

  Setting up Your HomepageCustomizing Colors Customizing FontsAdding Your Logo 

 

Setting up Your Homepage

You can set your home page to be a static page, or display your latest posts.

  1. From your site’s dashboard, use the left-hand menu to navigate to Appearance→ Customize. Inside the customizer, click on the Homepage Settings tab.
  2. Under the “Your homepage displays” section, select “A static page”.
  3. Select an existing page to use as your homepage, or select “Add a new page” to create a new one.
  4. Click the Save Changes button on top.

Customizing Your Site’s Colors

Russell allows you to select from preset palettes that work well with the theme, or choose your own custom palette. Follow these steps to change your site’s colors:

1. From your site’s dashboard, use the left-hand menu to navigate to Appearance→ Customize. Inside the customizer, click on the Colors tab.

2. You should see a panel that looks similar to the following:

 

Screenshot of Russell Theme with Customizer open on the Colors Panel

3. Select a custom Primary and/or Background color, and preview the changes live in the browser. You can also select from a predefined color scheme.

4. Click the Save Changes button.

Changing Your Site’s Fonts

Russell also allows you to change the body and heading fonts across your site:

1. From your site’s dashboard, use the left-hand menu to navigate to Appearance→ Customize. Inside the customizer, click on the Fonts tab.

2. You should see the following panel:

Screenshot of Russell Theme with Customizer open on the Fonts Panel

3. From this panel, you can choose a custom Body font and/or Heading font from a set of pre-determined fonts.

4. Click the Save Changes button.

Adding Your Logo

If your site has a logo, you can display it in your site’s header. Here’s how:

  1. From your site’s dashboard, use the left-hand menu to navigate to Appearance→ Customize. Inside the customizer, click on the Site Identity tab.
  2. Click the Add logo button to open the Media Manager.
  3. Upload a new image, or select one that’s already in your Media Library.
  4. Click Set as logo and you’ll see your logo appear in the preview.
  5. If your logo includes your site’s name or you prefer the header only to display your logo, you can hide the site title by unchecking the box next to Display Site Title.
  6. Click the Save Changes button on top to save your changes.

Your logo will appear to the left of the site title on desktop computers, and above the Site Title on mobile devices.

Screenshot of Russell Theme with Customizer open on the Logo Settings

Downloading the Theme

To use Russell on your self-hosted site, download and install both Russell and Blockbase from the links below, and activate Russell:

Download Blockbase

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 684px.
  2. The wide width is 1194px.

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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