New Template with Customizations
I was previously unaware that you could upload custom templates to hosted Blogger accounts and was using one of the bland stock Google themes. I've since downloaded the Fresh Blogger Template, which is what you're seeing now (unless you're reading this in the future and I've upgraded to something even better).
The Fresh template is nice as it is (although a little too much blue) but I had to make a few customizations to get it working better:
- Converted the split two-column sidebar into a simple one-column bar.
- Made the searchbox a little wider to make the top-right-bottom margins symmetric.
- For some reason, Internet Explorer was trying to download my page when going to the home URL, added
<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>just below the head tag to fix this.
- The RSS links in the template were inactive (#), changed the links to
<a class='rss' expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl +
<br/> <a class='rss' expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl +
"feeds/comments/default?alt=rss"'>Comments RSS</a>to fix.
- The template had 5 instances of swear-words in it, something to the effect of 'Duck IE'. While I can understand and emphasise with anyone trying to write IE CSS compatible code, swear words can trigger various search-engine or proxy filters and blacklist or ban your site.
There's still a few things I'm not happy with, but I'll leave them for later. Mainly:
- Various line-breaks and spacings for post headers and footers.
- The search box does a Google search across the whole internet instead of just a site search.
- Too much blue, might change the background.
- How do I login to my blog? And how do I add or edit a post if I'm logged in? Needs some admin links.
- I also want to add a Recent Posts widget, but the template breaks the page element editor. Will need to do a manual hack here.