I need to customize the blog page and the individual post page. I’d like to change the width of the columns and add a custom banner right below the main header. When I edit the page “Blog” and/or “Blog Single Author Big” nothing changes. I’ve set “Blog” where it says “And where do you want to display the Blog?” and “Single Author, big preview Pic (no author picture is displayed, feature image is big)” where it says “Blog Style.” Also, the main blog page (1) is not showing excerpts when I have set it to do so.
Below are links to each page (1+2) and a link to a custom page I created (3) which is more along the lines of what I would like both the first pages to look like.
(1) Blog Page: http://crowdriff.com/blog/
(2) Blog Post Page http://crowdriff.com/blog/manchester-derby-barclays-premier-league/
(3) Custom Page: http://crowdriff.com/blog-single-author-big/ (some minor issues with layout here)
First go to your theme options and unset the blog choice there. Now you can just set the layout of your “blog” page and the theme wont fill it in with a default setup.
The individual blog post pages can be customized with either css or directly editing the single.php file.
Excerpts are handled by using the more tag which will tell WordPress where to cut your content. See: http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/