blog layout question

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blog layout question

I'm starting the blog thing Smile yay! I really hate the layout and I remember reading posts a little while back about codes to 'trick' it into using a different layout... aka bigger pictures or customized background... Does anyone remember who posted this or where on earth I could find it... ?? Thank you so much!!

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what type of blog do you have?

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I just started one with blogspot.com

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Are you doing a photo blog or a personal one?

I don't know anything about blogspot other than that I hated mine when I had one years ago.. I'm a wordpress girl. If you go wordpress the tofurious free theme is a really quick easy way to get a photoblog up.. (ala my new one in my siggy Smile

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I was just doing a few things on my blog today that I learned recently, simple changes, making the actual posting part wider and/or changing the background color etc.

you can go under layout and then edit HTML and go from there. my blog is at moosieknits.blogspot.com, I'm still working on it but you can see it to compare. Make sure you are doing this on a test blog or something before you make your real blog all wacko

under the html codes, there is a lot going on, just search for these key words:

#outer wrapper - and change px to how wide you want the middle blog area - i changed mine to 875px (its main wrapper + side bar wrapper + a little extra space)

for the outer wrapper - "background ffffff is the background color, just change the code to whatever color you want, ffffff=white

#main wrapper - change px to how wide you want the actual posting area - mine is 700px, so I can put pix up to 700 px wide when I post.

#side bar wrapper - change px to how wide you want the sidebar, the area to the right with all the side gadgets - mine is 150, I wanted this part smaller, I'll eventually get rid of most of what I have there to make it more clean

#header wrapper - change the px to change how wide you want your header to be, I used 875 to match the outer wrapper. Then just made a header in PS that matches that width.

I used thecutestblogfromtheblock.com for my side background image, just followed their instructions to put that up, but you can create your own background image, I Just haven't gotten that far.

I just know these few basics, I also found a website today with instructions for creating a menu at the top, that was a little tedious, I'll see if I bookmarked it if you want that

hope this all makes sense Blum 3

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i just recently overhauled mine. here is a free photoblog template that i used, then tweaked the colors and background image http://www.ourblogtemplates.com/search/label/Photoblog

the coffeshop actions blog has severals useful tutorials on how to tweak. or i can help with anything specific that i may have learned.

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WOW!! Thank you guys for the links and help... Awesome I am so excited. Once the kiddos go to bed ... I'm diving in Smile

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i posted a thread about this awhile back.... lemmie look and see if i can find it.

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@ GradleRock, just checked out your blog! You've got some fantastic photos, you're editing is very unique and I quite like it! Smile Sorry to hijack the thread!

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Thanks for the input everyone!!! I just started a blog too (feel free to check it out if you like, it's beyond rough right now and even more so now but ...) http://casacollage.blogspot.com/

Tabitha ... I checked out www.ourblogtemplates.com and was just in AWE! So many cool templates from which to choose! It made my head spin (w/ delight).

Thank you ALL for so much good advice!

Best,
GiGi

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"kshiell" wrote:

@ GradleRock, just checked out your blog! You've got some fantastic photos, you're editing is very unique and I quite like it! Smile Sorry to hijack the thread!

thanks! i don't know if it's unique, but I'm slowly finding what I like Biggrin

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"acarbo99" wrote:

Thanks for the input everyone!!! I just started a blog too (feel free to check it out if you like, it's beyond rough right now and even more so now but ...) http://casacollage.blogspot.com/

Tabitha ... I checked out www.ourblogtemplates.com and was just in AWE! So many cool templates from which to choose! It made my head spin (w/ delight).

Thank you ALL for so much good advice!

Best,
GiGi

i like their templates because there's not a blazing logo/advertisement for their site detracting from my blog look. that and the fact that you can post bigger pictures Biggrin

and i just took a peek at your blog. i like the colors!

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I didn't get a chance to read, but I use a free tofurious template that you can customize- it loads right in to your wordpress.org blog and it can be under your website name!

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This has been so informative.. thank you everyone!!