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Laying out your blog

The basic steps in laying out a custom blog are: choosing the basic page layout, choosing the features to include, choosing a style to frame your entries, and, finally, choosing a colour scheme.

Choosing a page layout
Choosing features
Choosing an entry style
Choosing a colour scheme

 

Choosing a page layout

When you choose the custom option, the first page of the Create a Blog form lets you choose from one of four basic layouts: one column, two columns with a narrow left column, two columns with a narrow right column, and three columns. The two column, narrow on left layout is the default because it is probably the easiest to read and most versatile. Choose a layout by clicking on its thumbnail in the form.

 

Choosing features

The basic layout that you choose determines the features you can include as well as their placement. The basic features are:

  • A brief biography called All About Me.
  • Whether you want to include links to recent entries.
  • Whether you want to include links to other blogs.
  • Whether you want to include links to web pages.
  • Whether you want to include a hit counter, showing how many people have viewed your blog.

In addition, the 10 most recent entries are always displayed. Unlike the other features, this is required. Except for the web page link, all of these features are on by default, and they are all on automatically in the simple layout. Except for the recent entries element, you can opt to show or hide the other features.

Feature placement depends on the layout. The 10 most recent entries are always in the widest column. The others are placed in the right or left narrow column, divided in the three column layout, and left out of the one column layout.

Except for the recent entries element, you can opt to show or hide the other features. You can also use the arrows in the form to move the features around. All About Me, for example, is first by default, but you can move it down if you choose. In the three column layout, you can move features from one side to the other.

Once you've decided on layout and features, click Next.

 

Choosing an entry style

The next page of the form lets you choose a style to frame your entries:

  • Friendly is casual and somewhat chatty, using labels for moods and music.
  • Minimal eliminates labels and simply states your mood and what music is on.
  • Professional adopts a memo approach, grouping all descriptive information at the top of each entry.

Once you've decided on a style, you can also select or clear the tickboxes that allow comments and that include a guestbook of member comments. These options are on by default and are standard in the simple layout.

Once you've decided on style and comments, click Next.

 

Choosing a Colour Scheme

The final page in the Create a Blog form lets you select a colour scheme. These colours are applied to the side borders of the page, with a lighter shade of the same colour applied to the title bar. All text is black. If you click Custom, and then click the Advanced Options button, you can choose individual colours for the borders and for text as well. When you click an option, such as Page Background, a Colour Picker appears for you to choose from.