Thursday, October 9, 2008

How to install a new blog layout to your blog

Here are the instructions for installing the blog layouts (otherwise known as blog bling, web wear etc!) that you'll find on my blog.

1) Click on the blog background you like, and save it to your computer. Upload it to photobucket and then do the same with the header. [IF you have a larger/widescreen screen, upload the background file to photobucket using the "1 mb" setting, and use your own link... The blog bling should fit your screen :)

2) Set your template to the white Minima (to do this, click on "Customize" on the bar at the top, then click on "Layout" and then "Pick New Template"

3) Once you have done that, click on "Edit HTML"

4) You'll see a whole bunch of text in a box. Scroll to where you see:
body {background:$bgcolor;margin:0; color:$textcolor; font:x-small Georgia Serif; font-size/* */:/**/small; font-size: /**/small; text-align: center;}

5) Replace this part with:
body {background:$bgcolor;background-image:url(direct link);background-position: center; background-repeat:no-repeat; background-attachment: fixed;margin:0; color:$textcolor; font:x-small Georgia Serif; font-size/* */:/**/small; font-size: /**/small; text-align: center;}

6) Go to your photobucket account and copy the link where it says "Direct Link" underneath the background you saved. PASTE IT INTO THE TEXT ABOVE, replacing the words direct link, but leaving the parenthesis ( ) in place.

7) Preview the template, and if you like what you see, save it.

8) To install the header, click on "Page Elements" and then click on edit" in the header box. Make sure "instead of title and description" is selected, and check the checkbox for "shrink to fit." Browse to the header file on your computer, and save.

9) To change the colors on your blog to match, click on "Fonts and Colors" and you can customize your background color etc there.

You should be all set!

1 comment:

Anne said...

Caryn, thank you so much for the instructions on how to set up a new layout for the blog. I guess I have to do it one of these days, your blog blings are way too beautiful not to be used, but there's always something coming up for me, LOL. One of them my computer acting up, grr...

Have a great day.

Hugs from Germany,