12 July 2013

Blogger Template Experiment 4: Sunny But All Business Blogger Template

12 July 2013
This one has a split header so technically you can add a gadget on the top left (above the page tabs). I prefer keeping that space empty though.

For the longest time I couldn't figure out how to make the header overlap with the main content until I googled it and found the answer. Sheesh. ;)



Demo | Download XML File

Don't forget to back up your original template first before uploading a new one! ;)

Upload your own header image

This template works best with a header image that's less than 200px in height. If you have a big header image and it covers up a part of the sidebar widget, you'll need to adjust the header height. Go to Template, Edit HTML, expand the code (click on the little black arrows on the left side), and look for this code:

.header-left{
display: inline-block;
height: 70px;
width: 280px;
float: right;
position:relative;
z-index:9999;
}

Adjust the height (text in red) until it looks just about right to you. :)

Keep your page tabs to a minimum

You can't have too many page tabs because some of them will get covered up by the header image. If you really have a lot of pages, you can try adjusting the spaces between tabs to make them fit. Go to Template, Edit HTML, expand the code (click on the little black arrows on the left side), and look for this code:

.tabs-inner .widget li a {
  display: inline-block;

  padding: .25em 1.5em;

  font: $(tabs.font);
  font-size: 90%;
  text-transform: uppercase;
  color: $(tabs.text.color);

  border-$endSide: 1px solid $(tabs.separator.color);
}

Adjust the padding (text in red) until it looks just about right to you. In addition, if you don't want the tabs to be in all caps, change text-transform into lowercase (text in blue). ;)


That's it!

This template can be customized using the template designer.

Let me know if you're having any problems with this template! :)


01 July 2013

Blogger Template Experiment 3: Sticky Tape Blogger Template

01 July 2013
Last February I wrote a post on customizing your sidebar widgets. I used the same principle and applied it to this template, but this time the customization would appear automatically on every sidebar widget. You won't need to customize each widget every time you add a new one.

Let me know if you're having issues with this template! :)


Demo | XML File

You can customize this template further using the Blogger Template Designer.

Don't forget to back up your templates first before uploading a new one!


Changing the sticky tape on the sidebar widgets

If you want a different kind of sticky tape, you can simply edit the HTML code. 

First, you have to find a sticky tape image that you like. When you find one, make sure the width fits the width of your sidebar. The one I'm using in the demo has a width of 200px and a height of just under 50px.

Once you have your sticky tape ready, upload it in your image sharing site and copy the image URL. Save it somewhere first.

Next, go to Template, then Edit HTML, and look for the code below.

.sidebar .widget h2 {
background: url(http://i39.tinypic.com/wtw013.png) no-repeat top center;
height:45px;
margin-top: -35px;
padding-top: 10px;
text-align:center;
}

Replace the text in red with the image URL of your sticky tape.

Edit the margin-top and padding-top measurements if needed.


29 June 2013

Blogger Template Experiment 2: Easy Minimalist Blogger Template

29 June 2013
I'm sharing another one of my favorite simple Blogger templates. I'm using a slightly different version of this right now on the main blog.



Demo | XML

I basically split the header on this template to add a place for a gadget next to it. You'll see it in the Layout page and you can place a rectangular ad, images or whatever you want.

For the demo of this template I uploaded an image for the header. You can download the image background here and just add your blog name to it using any photo editor.

To move the header to the right, you can edit the following code in HTML. Change the code in blue to switch the header-widgets. To fix the height and width, change the code in orange.

.header-left {
display: inline-block;
height: 120px;
width: 290px;
float: left;
}
.header-right {
display:inline-block;
float:right;
}
 .header-right {
display:inline-block;
float:right;
width:800px;
}

You can customize this template further using the Blogger Template Designer.

Don't forget to back up your templates first before uploading a new one!

Let me know if you need help with installation! ;)


9/10/2013 IMPORTANT: I uploaded an updated version of the XML file. I realized the old version had third party codes that are not supposed to be there. If you downloaded the old version, you'll need to use this new one! Sorry about that.

18 June 2013

Blogger Template Experiment 1: Boxy Style Blogger Template

18 June 2013
So I've decided to share one of my favorite simple blogger templates. It's based on styles and layouts I've used in the past for my main blog. I've always liked boxy and structured layouts because they look so neat and organized!

You can easily customize this template using the blogger template designer.



Demo | XML File

You know how this works. Back up your template first, then upload the XML file of the template above.

To add your social media icons, you can refer to this tutorial.

If you're having problems with installation, let me know! :)

9/10/2013 IMPORTANT: I uploaded an updated version of the XML file. I just realized the old version had third party codes that are not supposed to be there. You'll have to upload this new one. So sorry about that!

30 May 2013

New blog design for May

30 May 2013
Tweaked my two websites again. They look similar because I want a branding thing going.
See photos below for the new look. ;)








05 February 2013

How to customize your sidebar widgets

05 February 2013
Want to play around with how your sidebar widgets look? In this post, I'll share with you how I customized the design of my sidebar widgets (photo below). I basically added a tape strip as a background for my widget titles or gadget titles.


03 February 2013

The blog design tips and tutorials I use the most

03 February 2013
In all my blog design tweaks and experiments, I practically go back to the same tutorials over and over again. I would love to share them with you now!

How to add clickable images with fade effects - http://www.mybloggertricks.com/2011/06/make-clickable-images-in-blogger-with.html

How to do cool hover effects for images - http://designshack.net/articles/css/5-cool-css-hover-effects-you-can-copy-and-paste

How to customize each blogger widget differently - http://www.blogbulk.com/2010/03/widget-customization-how-to-style-each.html

How to remove the "Subscribe to posts (Atom)" link in your blog pager - http://bloggeruniversity.blogspot.com/2008/04/remove-subscribe-to-posts-atom.html

How to move the date header below your post title - http://www.blogbulk.com/2008/11/date-under-post-title-move-date-in.html

How to split your header or add a gadget inside your header space - http://helplogger.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-add-gadgetwidget-inside-your.html


There you go. Those are basically the tutorials that I use the most.

Do you have tutorials or tips that you always refer to? :)

01 February 2013

New Blog Look

01 February 2013
I just loooooove playing with my blog design! Check out the latest! :)

This was inspired by this design by Blog Milk Shop. I love their simple and elegant designs!

White Sky Project (Feb 2013)

If you need help with your blog design, email me! :)
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