Log in

Or connect using:

Frequently Asked Question #7. How do I customize the look of my journal or community?

You can customize your journal using the Select Journal Style page. Using this page, you can edit your journal's titles and change its theme.
You can search for a theme or layout by typing all or part of its name, keyword, color, or the designer's name into the Search box located just below the Select a New Theme section heading. You can also browse themes by using the categories listed down the side of the page or by clicking on the links for the name of a layout or the theme's designer below the theme previews.

You can view a preview of your journal in a particular style by clicking the Preview link in the top right corner of the theme preview thumbnail. Selecting Apply Theme below the thumbnail will change your journal's theme.

If you want to customize your journal's theme further, use the Customize Selected Theme button at the bottom of the page. This takes you to the Customize Journal Style page, where you can easily configure a number of additional options.

If you have a Paid, Permanent, or Early Adopter account, you can have complete control over the look and style of your journal through the use of a custom style. This requires the use of the Advanced Customization pages, otherwise known as the Developer Area.

If you see the message This style system is no longer supported on the Journal Display page, your journal is set to use the old style system. See this FAQ for instructions.

Community Customization

All the options described above for customizing your journal also apply to customizing any community you maintain. In each case, once you are in the appropriate page or section, select your community from the Switch to: box and click Go before making changes. If a certain customization requires a Paid Account, the community account itself must be a paid account.

Last Updated: September 28th, 2009

FAQ Navigation

Ask a Question

If you can't find what you're looking for, open a support request and we'll get back to you.

Welcome to the new LiveJournal

Some changes have been made to LiveJournal, and we hope you enjoy them! As we continue to improve the site on a daily basis to make your experience here better and faster, we would greatly appreciate your feedback about these changes. Please let us know what we can do for you!

Send feedback

Switch back to old version

LiveJournal Feedback

See a bug? Let us know! Here you can also share your thoughts and ideas about updates to LiveJournal

Your request has been filed. You can track the progress of your request at:
If you have any other questions or comments, you can add them to that request at any time.

Send another report Close feedback form

If you're a LiveJournal user, you will be logged in after submitting your request.

(optional, if you're a LiveJournal user only)

(optional, if you're a LiveJournal user only)

(not shown to the public)

If you have a billing inquiry, please go here to submit your question.

Provide a link to the page where you are experiencing the error

Do not include any sensitive information, such as your password or phone number. No HTML allowed.

If you can't pass the human test, email your inquiry to: support@livejournal.com

Welcome to LiveJournal

Create an account