Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blogger Bells & Whistles

I've always been a curious person and couldn't resist fixing things if I knew it can be fixed or improved. For example, I can never leave a furniture alone without cutting it somehow to an appropriate height or changing its cover. This compulsion extends to my blog page.

Ever since I started blogging here, I didn't completely like the templates and background. So, I started tweaking the codes gradually. Mind you, I'm not saying I'm an expert techie because I don't know squat about HTML codes. For any question burning in my mind, I Google it. Yes, use Google or any tool you like in the web to research a topic: it's that simple. Just make sure you acknowledge the person who wrote it.

Thus, I'm sharing my favorite finds to anyone who might be interested. I hope you'll have fun as much as I did.

1. I prefer three columns in my template. For those who feel the same way and might want to change theirs, here are the links which can help you:

a. http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com
b. http://www.blogspottutorial.com
c. http://weblensblogs.blogspot.com

Of course, there are sites that allow you to use their themes/ templates free of charge. They just require a hyperlink of such theme to their website.

d. http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/
e. http://www.finalsense.com
f. http://mashable.com

2. If you want to encourage people to read old posts, you can download a widget that links related stories from your archive every time you publish a new post. It will appear at the bottom of your daily blog/ post. Just click on the link below if you're interested.

http://www.linkwithin.com





3. Create your own recent comments widget:

http://www.bloggerbuster.com

4. If you're tired of the comment form being on a separate page, embed it at the bottom of your post. Here's the link on "how to":

http://bloggerindraft.blogspot.com


5. Add zest to your comment form by adding Yahoo smiley emoticons. But make sure your comment form is embedded first.
Refer to #4 if you haven't done it yet.

http://anshuldudeja.blogspot.com

6. If you want these smileys in your blog post, the following sites can help you:

a. http://www.smartbloggerz.com
b. http://www.blogspottutorial.com

The downside: it only works with Firefox. I always use this browser, so it's not a problem for me. When installed, click "compose" on your blogger post and it will look like this:


7. You may want to make the COMMENTS link more attractive and visible. This site will teach you how:

http://www.blogbulk.com



8. If you want to get an idea of how many users visit your website, get a free hit counter or join HiStats.com.


a. http://easy-hit-counters.com/
b. http://www.histats.com/


9. Last but not the least, get badges from your favorite sites like Facebook, Flickr and Friendster. Just log into your account and do a search for it.

There you go! These are my favorite bells and whistles for Blogger. You might want to give it a try. Just make sure that you save or have a backup of your template so you can revert to it anytime.


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12 comments:

  1. it is amazing how many options are available! i am still learning, for sure.

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  2. I know! It's confusing :-/ sometimes but fun to do. :D

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  3. Holy smokes! You did your homework. No wonder you were so focused on this lately.

    You seem to know your HTML better than you think you do. Great job, Pangga!

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  4. ;;) Aww, thanks! I had those bookmarked a long time ago and just got to work on it. Just felt like sharing them in one pool.

    You helped me too. Thanks for teaching me but I didn't include that trick you taught me this time. I'll use it on another post. :-*

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  5. Wow, you have a lot of helpful info here! Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's nice to meet you. And I adore the back photo of your blog.

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  6. Thank you! I took the photo myself in a flower garden near here. They will be beautiful come spring.

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  7. I love your background. Colorful and springlike. Thanks for all of the good blogging tips. It's overwhelming how much data is out there!

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  8. :) Thanks for reading!

    I'm in awe of the beauty of flowers.

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  9. Wow Thanks for all the info! I am still really new to all this, and I feel good if I can get a picture on my post!

    Have a great day!

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  10. You're welcome Tanielle. :D I know the feeling. Glad I could help in a small way.

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  11. I definitely need to try embedding the comment box. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for becoming a follower! (Yours looks great, by the way!)

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