Some extra features of this template include the top menu which utilizes Blogger's new PageList widget, and the post summary feature utilizing Blogger's page-break feature.Another bonus is that this template is "liquid," or "fluid," meaning that it is not fixed-width, it will fit to virtually all screen resolutions.
By Lauren Thompson
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- 2 column liquid/fluid layout, all sections "widgetized" or "gadget-ready"
- 2 column footer, also gadget-ready/widgetized
- Optional and customizable menu/linkbar with "dynamic" highlighting of current page, utilizing Blogger's new PageList widget feature. Super easy to use and customize, details below.
- Supports Blogger Dashboard editing tools, easily change fonts and colors in practically all areas of the template via the "Template Designer," within the "Advanced" subcategory.
- Images included, you do not need to upload the images to your own server, they are stored in my photobucket.com account which allows generous direct linking bandwidth. However, users who have access to an image host are advised to upload them to their own server, as the bandwidth could potentially be exceeded in the future. (Images are now also included in the zip download for convenience.)
- Title setup optimized and corrected for better SEO.
- Wireframe setup for easy gadget/widget managing
- Embedded comment form below post
- Functional search box included
- Fancy fonts a la Google Font API
- Customized and easy to use "read more" feature using Blogger's "Page Break" feature
- "Calendar Style" post date
* Do not impose charges or a fee for these templates
* Do not add links and redistribute
* Modifications allowed so long as the link back is not removed
* Link to my template download posts, not my files to share
Top Linkbar / PageList WidgetThe Page List Widget has been customized to fit the template. Page links will be automatically added, and other additional links can be added via the pages section of the Blogger dashboard.
This menu features "dynamic highlighting" of the current page. If a menu link is the current page, that link in the menu is "highlighted" automatically. As in the demo page, when at the index or home page, the "Home" link is highlighted. Click on any link in the demonstration menu to see the "dynamic highlighting" in action.
This section is also optional and may be removed.
Post Summaries FeatureNo scripts are necessary in using the read more feature on this template, as it utilizes the in-place "post-break" feature in Blogger. Simply add a page break when and if you would like a post to be summarized.
Setting Up Calendar-Style Post DateHave no fear, I promise setting up the post date is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Go to Dashboard > Settings > then Language and Formatting. From the "Date Header Format" select "DD Month YYYY" style, (two digit day, name of month, four digit year with no commas) and then select "Save Settings." Be sure that you select the format with no commas, or else it will not display correctly.
Posts published on the same day will display a blank post date (just an empty grey box) because of the calendar style date set-up. At present there is no way around this (that I know of), so remember to select a different date with the "Post Options," if publishing multiple posts on the same day. I have to do this myself with this blog actually.
Additional DetailsThe only images in the template are the background image and the searchbox image. If you do have access to your own image host, you might want to host the images at your own server. Replace image URL's in the code with the corresponding URL's at your server. Images are also now included in the zip download for convenience. Feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you need assistance replacing the images.
At this time I am having difficulties with Bloggers post sharing buttons so they are turned off in the template, and it is advised that users have them "turned off" as well. I apologize for this, and I am working on it.
Please do feel free to share your thoughts on this template in a comment! If you need any assistance with this template, feel free to leave a comment below. I hope you like it!
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