This is a WordPress.com blog, which is not as flexible as if it were a WordPress blog we were serving ourselves. For example, I would love to have a custom favicon instead of the WordPress logo next to the URL up in your address bar, but WordPress.com does not allow this. Even though one can still do a lot of twiddling with the template, the twiddling is actually editing CSS that runs on top of other CSS that runs on top of the actual HTML template. The result is super-kludgy and not wholly satisfying, although if you look at the template we used as our starting point, you can see that much customization has been done.
1. Shouldn’t the banner image link to the front of the blog? (Yes, but it’s unclear if this can be done. The “front” link at the top of the sidebar does link to the front.)
2. Wouldn’t it be better if the author’s name was above the post rather than below? (Yes, I agree this is vastly preferable for a team blog. However, none of the entries in a design competition using the basic template that this blog is built off of changed the basic title-date-post-author/categories/comments format, leading me to suspect it can’t be done. I’ve sent a support query to WordPress.com about this.)
3. Shouldn’t the sidebar be wider? (Do you think I like abbreviating my University to “N’Western”? Right now, when I make the sidebar wider, it reverts all the way to the bottom of the post. I strongly suspect this can be fixed but have not been able to figure out how.)
4. Can you reduce the white space above the banner graphic? (Seems like it must be do-able, but has thwarted my cursory efforts so far.)
5. Why can only contributors comment? (Not true! We’ve certainly had no contributors comment, and it is set up so that anybody should be able to comment. If you are trying to comment and having problems, let me know.)
Anyone who has insight into any of the aforementioned unknowns, I’d more than welcome your assistance.