It's been quite a while since I last uploaded a Blogger template for you all, so in the spirit of the season, I have created a feminine Valentine themed template, "My Valentine". You can see a screenshot of this new template to the right.
This is an XML based template for layouts blogs, and is fully widget ready.
In contrast to some of my previous templates, you do not need to edit the HTML at all to configure the template for your particular blog. There are a couple of optional widgets, most notably the stylized MyBlogLog Recent Readers widget and the Flickr Photostream widget. These are optional widgets, rather than built in to the template. The styling code is already present of you do choose to use them, but if you prefer not to, the template will still work absolutely fine!
You can preview the My Valentine template, or read on for download instructions.
Download the My Valentine templateYou can download this template as a zipped folder, which contains the XML file, plus all related images and scripts for this template below: Download My Valentine Blogger Template (Zip File) Once you have downloaded this file, unzip the folder and save all files to your computer.
Installing the XML fileTo install the XML template to your blog, you need to go to Template>Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard. Click on the "Browse" button near the top of the page, and locate the my_valentine.xml file which you have saved to your computer. Then click on the "upload" button. This will upload your new theme to your blog.
Upload the HTML code (alternative upload method)If you prefer, you can upload this template using only the HTML code. For this method, you should go to Template>Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard. Highlight all of the code in the code box (key CTRL+A as a shortcut). Then copy all of the code from on this page to your clipboard (CTRL+C). HTML code for My Valentine Template Finally, go back to your Blogger dashboard, and paste this entire section of code into the Edit HTML box, replacing the code which is highlighted (CTRL+V). Now you can preview your template to see how the Valentine template will appear in your blog. If you like this, you can then save your template.
Features of this template:Comment and labels icons beneath blog posts You can easily see how many comments each post has due to the comment icons and display directly beneath each post. This link will take you directly to the comment section of the post, even if you are reading on the home page. The label icon (a small folder) will display next to the labels you have used for each post. If you do not add a label to a particular post, this icon will not display. Calendar Widget To configure the calendar widget for your blog, you must change the date format in your settings. Simply go to Settings>Formatting in your Blogger dashboard and change the date format to YYYY-MM-DD. This enables your calendar widget to be properly displayed. Adsense/Description widget in header The pink rounded box in the header has been optimized to include an Adsense banner no wider than 234px, though you could just as easily add a description, link list or even an image of you prefer! Navigation bar To configure your own links, you need to add links to the Link List widget which is housed just under the header section. Your links will then display inline as in this demonstration template. Most users would like these links to include their Home, About and Contact pages, for example. Recent readers widget You can choose to include a stylized "MyBlogLog recent readers" widget in your sidebar. There are two methods you could use to do this:
- Copy the following section of code, changing the MyBlogLog id number (highlighted in red) to your own ID number instead. Then paste this into the content area for the widget:
Please do let me know your opinions of this new template by leaving your comments below.