While I can’t give you a clear answer since these things, while simple, are time consuming and only you know how they should look.
To change meta information inside single post view you should find the following code in
<?php sparkling_posted_on(); ?>
/* translators: used between list items, there is a space after the comma */
$categories_list = get_the_category_list( __( ', ', 'sparkling' ) );
if ( $categories_list && sparkling_categorized_blog() ) :
<span class="cat-links"><i class="fa fa-folder-open-o"></i>
<?php printf( __( ' %1$s', 'sparkling' ), $categories_list ); ?>
<?php endif; // End if categories ?>
<?php edit_post_link( __( 'Edit', 'sparkling' ), '<i class="fa fa-pencil-square-o"></i><span class="edit-link">', '</span>' ); ?>
</div><!-- .entry-meta -->
The main function here is
Which you can find located in
theme folder - inc template-tags.php
While you won’t understand these functions completely you will see there things such as
category and others that are self explanatory.
Everything wrapped in
<i> tags such as
<i class="fa fa-pencil-square-o"></i> are Font Awesome icons that you mentioned you want to remove, so you can do that.
Also for front page (blog index) you should find for the same
sparkling_posted_on function in
Make sure that you backup your files and that you have access to FTP before you start. These changes are really easy to make and there is no technical knowledge required but it will definitely take a lot of time to find the right place and the right combination.