There is a time to use Quotation Marks, and a time not to use them. The Huffington Post has a list of ten examples of how not to use them (with pictures), and there are a number of blogs devoted just to photos of quotation mark mistakes. Clearly a lot of people who craft signs are on the do not have a clue list. (Of course, I am on that list sometimes too, but usually by choice, not ignorance. Usually…)
There is also a time when the quotation mark should be more than a discreet pair of little lines on a page.
Go big or go home.
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Now, those are quotation marks. Pay attention to this – these are important words kind of quotation marks. When you see these quotation marks in my blog, you are being given the message that if you read nothing else on this page, you should read whatever happens to be residing nearest to this pair of attention grabbers.
Some WordPress.com blog themes put those big quotation marks into your blog if you mark the words with the blockquote tool. My theme didn’t. I had purchased the WordPress CSS Upgrade though, so I knew I could eventually figure out how to make this happen. I’ll save you some time by explaining how to do it.
1 – Buy the WordPress.com CSS Upgrade. It costs $30 per year per blog, and it gives you many options for fonts and colours, even if you never touch the CSS Stylesheet Editor. (I don’t really understand why bloggers think they should get to have all the bells and whistles on their blog, and not pay anything at all for it.)
2 – Download, or create your quotation marks in the size you want them to appear on your page, then upload them to your WordPress Media Library. Note what the URL is for that image. (My quotation marks are a GIF image that is 1.46 KB in size and is 55 by 53 pixels in size.)
3 – Go to your Dashboard and click on Appearance – Custom Design – CSS. If you are using the Forever Theme, you will add the following to the CSS Stylesheet Editor. (If you are using any other theme, this code may or may not work):
background-image(‘insert your quotation mark URL here’);
padding:.7em 2.2em .2em 2em;
4 – Insert your image URL where it says insert your quotation mark URL here. Your image URL must be inside one set of single quotation marks.
The setting for padding will determine where the image sits on your page, so you will have to tweak that.
The setting for color will determine the color of the font, so you will have to tweak that too.
There, that is it. Or it might not be it, in which case you should contact the WordPress Happiness Engineers or the WordPress Forum and ask for help. I’m just a novice at this stuff!
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