New Template

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Well, this is a start, isn't it? Not a whole lot going on quite yet, but I've got a new template uploaded. I created a new blog and then exported the old blog to the new address, so everything is still intact. It was a bit of a mess at first, getting it all to do what I wanted it to do: creating a new blog, exporting the old to the new, updating the old to the new format, then importing the non-Blogger template I wanted to use. And now comes the long process of getting everything set up the way I want. It'll mean lots of editing, especially to get all the links and everything else I want transferred (that's the most laborious part of importing a new template, as those things get lost in the process — unless you take care to save them first).

I originally wanted to go with a template called Reckoning, but I experienced too many problems with the damned thing. The original template, which you can see here, was not designed for Blogger. It's a CSS template (CSS = Cascading Style Sheets) and it had to be converted to a format compatible with Blogger. It seems that almost all of the new templates you can find are designed for blog hosts like WordPress, and they get converted to Blogger format more as an afterthought. Makes one think that Blogger has become the ghetto of the blogging world.

So, why the change? Just wanted a change of pace, that's all. A new look. A retirement of an old design, but you can still access the old posts, as I've decided to provide a link to them in my blogroll which you can see at the right.

I've already discovered one little quirk about this template. I don't like how the box below each post nudges up against the last line of each post. So, to correct that, it means making sure that each post has the following code at the end: <br />&nbsp;. This — <br /> — tells Blogger to insert a line break, and this — &nbsp; — tells Blogger to follow it with a non-breaking space. Without the non-breaking space, a web browser acts as if the line break is non-existent.

I don't know why, but the templates I've chosen do not display Blogger's navigation bar at the top. It may display for others, but it does not display for me. Probably the most annoying bit about this is that I can't just click on a link to create a new post. There are, however, ways around this, and I plan to fix that. The web site where I got the new template,, says this about that little anomaly:

How do I log in to my blog without the navbar?
The navigation bar of Blogger is just a plug-in and provides a shortcut to enter your blog, but you can always log in from
This is fine and dandy, but, as I noted above, it doesn't address the issue of the missing "new post" link and, I just noticed, it also doesn't address the issue of athe missing "sign out" link. These are relatively easy fixes.

2 comment(s):

g d townshende said...

And a test comment, too. Why not? :P

monstro said...

Yeah, why not? LOL!
I like the new look. :)

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