Anyone who creates a WordPress.com account can set up a blog or website for free, and we’ve emphasized here, and in our Customizing series at Hot Off the Press, that you can customize a site with personal touches without an upgrade — using features like a custom background, header, and image widgets.
But we often read comments on our blogs and in the forums asking if it’s worth learning CSS, and whether the Custom Design upgrade is appropriate for you. Learning CSS, even if just a bit, is helpful — especially if you’d like to make custom tweaks and have more control over your site’s design. Here’s a primer on what CSS is and what you can do with it, examples to illustrate the types of design and layout updates you can achieve, and resources to learn more and get your hands dirty.
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