Featured Post Widget

Here is the video tutorial on how to set up your featured post widget Featured Post Tutorial.

Multi Tabbed Widget Tutorial

Here is my very 1st video tutorial and it is not the greatest but I am working on it. It is to explain how to add and remove gadgets from the multi-tabbed widget in blogger.

Check it out:

Parts of a Blog Part 2

Sorry it has taken me so long to post this, between having the flu and other sickness I also had to make a trip to the ER  last week it had been a long November.  Quite glad it is December even though I am still way behind.  I have had a lot of people tell me they are not sure what everything is when it comes to picking out part of their blogs so here I am to explain some parts of the blog you may choose for your blog.

Lets start with the basics.  I think these 3 things are the basic.  If you wanted to not get one thing it would be the Post Divider because you can always make your own with the options in blogger.

Post Divider & Signature

Blog Button with grab box

Now for the add-ons:

Custom Font for Post Title, Date & Sidebar

Post Title Icon (also can add an icon next to your sidebar title)

Now for your navigation choices.

Header with Navigation (Menu) Bar with TEXT link ONLY

Header with Navigation (Menu) Bar with Image link

For your sidebar you have can have many options the main one I always get asked about is the sidebar title background so below you will see what it is.  It can be a simple pattern or a simple image like below (see the scalloped image on this?)  It is one image.

Sidebar Title Background

Now for your social media choices.  This can be confusing so I will try to explain it as best as possible.  See images below then below the 2 images I will explain which each one does.

Custom buttons for Twitter, Email, Facebook, and RSS

Social Bookmarking Buttons below your post

Custom buttons for Twitter, Email, Facebook, and RSS – This option is 4 buttons and I will link these 4 images to your Facebook, Twitter, RSS feed and your email account.  This allows people to contact you and/or find you on the web.  It is a great way to put all your contact information in one spot.

Social Bookmarking Buttons below your post – These little icons are very important for those who want to save your post and/or share it with the world.  If someone wants to tell their twitter followers they want them to read your post then all they do is hit the twitter button under your post and it will show up on their twitter.  Same thing with the other buttons.  It allows the person to share your post with their followers.

I will add more options for your blog in the upcoming weeks.  I am hoping before Christmas to post it.

If you to know what other parts of a blog are just let me know view posting a comment on here or sending me an email.

Parts of a Blog Part 1

I figured I should have done this a long time ago when I first started designing blogs and explain what the parts of the blog are.  Today I am only going to go over the main parts of a blog (blogger):  the body, header, outer-wrapper, main wrapper and the sidebar wrapper.

Here is a picture of the layout with colors so I can explain it.  You can click on the image below to get a larger image.

Let me explain the colors:

BODY – the body is where you will put your background image.

OUTER-WRAPPER -contains the main-wrapper and the sidebar wrapper(s).  You can change the WIDTH of your blog by changing the WIDTH of your outer-wrapper.

MAIN-WRAPPER – your posting area.

SIDEBAR-WRAPPER – your sidebars.  You can have more than one sidebar but they are all considered the sidebar-wrapper.

I hope this explained what the main parts of the blog are.  Each section can be customized with colors/borders and images.

Stay tuned for Parts of a blog part 2.

Adding a Grab Box

I found this really great website the other day and I thought I would share it with you. It is called Free 125 Cards. They have quite a few backgrounds you can use for a button for your blog or website. The only problem I found with the site if there is a problem is some of the backgrounds are a tad busy for a blog button but with this said I think for those who just want a button for their blog and not be too customized then this is a great site. So lets begin with the tutorial.

1. First go to Free 125 Cards.

2. Find an image you like and click on it.

3. Click on Personalize

4. A box will pop up. Add your text. I did realize you have to do each line of your text. For example, if I wanted to do Strosgirl’s Designs. I would first add Strosgirl’s and then click add text then I would type in Designs and then click add text.

5. You can make your text smaller by grabbing the little box (see below)

6. Once you are satisfied with the way your button looks, click on SAVE IMAGE.

7. Once you hit save image your button will appear on another page. You will get an image like this below.

Right click and save it somewhere to your computer.

8. You will need a photobucket account or a tinypic account or somewhere to host your files.

9. Once you have your image loaded to a hosting site you will want to get the direct link for your image.

10. Now for the fun part. You will want to add your button to your blog so others can grab it, right? Copy the code which is in the box below. Where it says PUT YOUR BLOG LINK, put the DIRECT LINK of your blog and where it says your IMAGE LINK put the direct link from your hosting account for the button.

I know people are wondering why I write tutorials on items I sell but I think not everyone can afford to pay for their designs and I want everyone to have a nice looking blog.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me here.

How to add a Favicon

You ask what is a favicon? A favicon (short for favorites icon) is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page’s favicon in the browser’s address bar and next to the page’s name in a list of bookmarks. If you look at the image below you will see exactly where the favicon is visible:

  1. First you need to make your icon. You can use MS Paint, Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop or any other graphics program you have.
  2. I think the best results you have are from squares. So draw a square and then add detail to it (a letter and/or image). Make sure there is not a lot of detail because this is going to be shrunk down to 16 x 16 or 32 x 32 pixels which is not very big.
  3. Save it to your computer.
  4. There are many sites out there which allow you to create your own but one of my favorites to give customers is this one: ICONJ.
  5. Load your favicon up to their site and click on SHARPEN +3
  6. Once you have uploaded your image you will get a page with this type of image on it:
  7. In another tab open up your blogger dashboard and click on design/edit HTML
  8. Click on ctrl + F to find this part of your code: < /head > (remove the spaces before and after the < >.
  9. Right BEFORE the < /head > paste the code in the box under this heading Host It at IconJ.com: (Direct Link)

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or you need help please do not hesitate to contact me.

Advertising Code

I have had quite a few people email on how to do advertising codes for their blog. So I decided to write a quick tutorial for you all.

Here is your mini tutorial with code:

1.  Go to your dashboard/design and add a new gadget.

2.  Add a HTML/JavaScript

3.  Paste the code below in your gadget box.

4. Where you see LINK HERE put the advertisers link there. Where you see the img src=”….” put the DIRECT LINK on where the image is being stored.

5. Hit save and your advertising section will be up and running on your blog.

If you have any questions you can always contact me here.

Granting full Access

For me to be able to install your blog, you as the blog owner will need to grant full access to your blog. It is a very simple process but with about 4 or 5 steps. If you follow the steps below you will have no problem granting someone with full access to your blog. Now please remember someone who has full access will be able to delete your blog so make sure you can trust the person. I think this is a much safer way of me installing your blog because you do not have give out your username and password.

1. Go to your dashboard and click on settings under your blog title.

2. Once you have clicked on the settings link on your dashboard you will see the image below. Click on PERMISSIONS.

3. After clicking on the permissions link you will see something close to the image below. Click on ADD AUTHORS and add the person’s email you want to add as an author.

To add me as your author please use this email: lambert9404[at]gmail.com

4. The person you add as an author will receive an email telling them they need to approve to be an author to your blog.

5. Once the person has approved being an author you will see grant admin privileges next to their name. See image below: