Friday, May 02, 2008

New template

Here's my new look. Different configuration than my last one. Main-Sidebar-Sidebar, instead of Sidebar-Main-Sidebar. It's very plain and simple which is all I want for now. Let me know if you have problems loading it (like my last one) but I'm hoping this one will load faster.

Update: Hmmmm, I noticed I need a bit of padding between the main column and the sidebar over there ---->. Must go tweak some code.

Update2: Yup, that's better. Damn, I'm getting better at this :)

I credited the blog designer at the bottom, but I tweaked it with an different image and changed some text colors. Some of my 'widgets' may be lost temporarily but I backed them up so I will slowly be adding them back. Blogger needs to fix this issue because you cannot save some widgets like HTML/Java code and Link Lists and that's kinda irritating for non-programmers and programmers alike.

I found several websites to get free excellent blog header images. I found the image above at Dreamstime.com and cropped it to a reasonable header size using Paint.NET (love this free program - much better than MS Paint).

There are also lots of tutorials and information out there on creating and editing blog templates. If anyone wants me to share links to websites for free templates, blogger tips and tricks and free images, let me know and I will write a post on them.


11 comments:

Marg said...

I like it!

I love that the font is a decent size! Some of the template that are out there have font that is just so small that I have to get up close to the computer to read it even when I am wearing my glasses!

ReneeW said...

Exactly! I didn't have to change that attribute on this template and I love how easy it is to read.

Holly said...

oh! I really like it. It's so pretty!

Rosario said...

Love it. It doesn't look crowded at all (always an issue with 3-column templates) and the colours and image are charming. Oh, and I agree about the font size, I love that it's easily readable. Yes, blogs usually *do* look nicer with a smaller font, so I understand why designers tend to do that, but it's not worth the hassle of straining to read. Thin line between usability and aesthetics, and all that.

Kristie (J) said...

I really like it too!! I'm really ready for a new look - now that I have Katie as a partner and we both are on the lookout for a banner we both like - but once we find one - that will be another issue! I may be calling on you for help!!

ReneeW said...

Holly: Thanks!

Rosario: Thin line... yes! Excellently put. I'm getting to the age where smaller print is becoming tough to read, although I hate to admit it.

Kristie: I'd love to help, if I can. I'm still learning but I can usually figure stuff out.

CindyS said...

Ohhhh, so pretty!! I love this template. Thanks, I'll just take this over and you can build another one ;) I'd love a tutorial post. I think I'm afraid of using images that are somehow copyrighted.

cindyS

Jennie said...

I think it looks great! Very readable and the header is so pretty. I'm very impressed by your coding skillz. :)

ames said...

I love the new look Renee!! Very posh. :P

ReneeW said...

Cindy, Jennie, & Ames: Thanks for your kind words!

Keishon said...

Loads much faster (big thanks for that) and I like the new look a lot ReneeW. Great job.

Keishon

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