i was doing that however i didnt realise till i read a thread here that my body background-color needs the !important attribute as:
background-color: #ffffff !important;
so something must have been overriding this style when my page loaded...
i have just noticed that while the default editor is now adopting the white background, when i switch to preview mode this is lost and it acquires the dark background color of the page again.
how would i address this issue?