I still think WordPress is a mess! But it’s better than what I cuold do on my own, so I’m sticking with it for now. The simplest things quickly devolve into an exercise for a jaded IT veteran. Don’t even get me started on replacing the header image while using an Ubuntu server which conveniently does not come with php5-gd.
Here is something I actually manmaged to do without hours of effort. Replacing the font style in my posts. Everyone knows that sans-serif fonts are more readable, look more professional and are more compact. Not sure why the twenyten theme does not use it for the body of the posts. What I found, without being a CSS master, is that if you change line 118 of style.css to
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
It works to change the font of all your posts.
Before the change that line reads like this:
That was it for me! Not bad, eh?
For a more sophisticated treatment, you should consider doing all your customizations in a child theme. It can’t be hard because I just managed to do it! It looks to be a more elegant and robust approach, which appeals to me, because you leave all the files in the parent theme alone, and only override the files which actually need to be changed. Read about it in http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes.