Why do I see “Just another WordPress.com site” at the top of my blog?

That little bit of advertising at the top of your blog is called the “Tagline” by WordPress. It is the default text on a new blog site so you can see where the tagline, imageor slogan, will be located and how it will appear.

Different themes show it in different places and different fonts. Some themes do not show the tagline at all.

Many bloggers have not replaced that line, although it is very easy to do.

Log in to your WordPress Dashboard. On the left, find the Settings tab. Click it if the submenu is not already expanded. Click General.

The General Settings page shows the blog title right at the top and just below it the “Tagline”.

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The Site Title can be changed at any time, and so can the Tagline. The instructions say “In a few words, explain what this site is about.” The small text entry box might cause you to think that your slogan has to be very short and succinct. A pithy and precise tagline is certainly desirable, but not mandatory. Take a look at the tagline in the header of this blog – mine is actually quite long. Different themes will provide varied layouts and placements. Some show the tagline as one long line, others may split long slogans over several short lines of text.

Experiment with your site. See how the tagline is presented. Make it crisps and fitting to the theme and topics of your posts. Maybe a short paragraph is the best way to display your motto.

Click the Save Changes button – you may have to scroll down – to replace the default text. Remember, you can come back any time and change it to something else, even a short poem.

The gateway to my blogs and galleries is Café Ludwig

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© 2011 Ludwig Keck

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