125 Free Blogger Template: Halo 01 (Minimalist, grid based design)
November 26, 2008 /

Here is another free Blogger template for you to download: Halo 01.

This template uses a minimalist, grid-based layout and a unique presentation of post meta-data (labels, posting date, etc) which appear in a column to the left of each post. You can preview a larger version of this template by clicking on the image or viewing the demonstration blog.

More features of this template include:
  • Navigation links beneath the header
  • Icon to the right of the header (which can be replaced with your own photo or avatar if preferred)
  • Fully widgetized sidebar
  • Three column footer section
  • Styling (and code) to display your own Flickr photostream
  • Fonts and colors can be customized through your Blogger dashboard
View Demo | Download Full Template (Zip file)


How to upload the Halo 01 Template to your blog


Download the Halo 01 template and save this to a location on your computer. This template is contained in a Zip folder which you will need to extract using Winzip or your favorite extraction program (if you use WIndows XP, you should be able to decompress the file automatically).

Ensure you have saved the Halo_01.xml file to a location on your computer which you can remember easily. Then log into your Blogger dashboard and go to Layout>Edit HTML.

Near the top of the screen, you will see the "Backup and restore" section where you can upload a new template to your blog:

Click on the "Browse" button to locate the Halo_01.xml file on your computer, then press "Upload" to replace your old template with this new template.

If you have many widgets in your existing layout, you may be prompted to delete these before the changes can be saved. Be sure to make a back-up of any important widgets before saving these changes! Alternatively, take a look at my tutorial for how to retain widgets when changing Blogger templates.

Once you have uploaded your new template (and confirmed deletion of widgets if necessary), your new template is ready to be configured.

How to change the navigation links


The navigation links beneath the header section have been coded into the template. To edit or add your own links, you will need to edit this section of the template code:
<div class='nav'>
    <ul class='nav fix'>

        <li><a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl' title='Return to the the frontpage'>Home</a></li>
        <li><a href='#' title='Read about this blog'>About</a></li>
        <li><a href='#' title='Link title'>Link</a></li>
        <li><a href='#' title='Link title'>Link</a></li>
        <li><a href='#' title='Link title'>Link</a></li>

        <li><a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl + "feeds/posts/default"' title='Subscribe to the main feed via RSS'>RSS</a></li>
        <li class='skip'><a href='#main' title='Skip to content'>Main</a></li>
    </ul>
</div>

The code highlighted in red demonstrates the actual links you should change: replace these with the URL which you want the navigation buttons to point to.

The code in blue is the link text. You should replace these snippets with the text you would like to be displayed on the navigation buttons.

How to configure your Flickr Photostream


The CSS code required to style the Flickr Photostream is already present in the Halo 01 Blogger template. To add the code required to display a Flickr Photostream, go to Layout>Page Elements in your Blogger dashboard and click the "Edit" link for the Flickr Photostream widget.

Then copy and paste the following code into the content section for this widget:

<script src='http://www.flickr.com/badge_code_v2.gne?count=9&display=random&size=s&layout=x&source=user&user=8131003%40N03' type='text/javascript'/>

Replace the user ID number (highlighted in bold red) with your own unique Flickr ID. If you do not know what your Flickr ID is, you can find this easily using idGettr; simply enter your Flickr username and this simple utility will find your Flickr ID for you!

Finally, save your changes to this widget. Now when you view your blog in your browser, your own Flickr images will appear as thumbnails in this widget.

How to change the icon in the header

The generic icon in the top right of the header section can be replaced with your own avatar if you prefer.

Firstly, design your avatar and ensure this is 60px wide and 50px tall. Upload this new avatar to your favorite image host (I prefer Picasa Web Albums, though you could use Photobucket or any hosting service you prefer). Be sure to copy the URL of your avatar to your clipboard.

Next go to Layout>Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard, and check the "Expand widget templates" box. Then search for the following line of code:

<p id='authorIntro'><img alt='Icon' src='http://lh6.ggpht.com/_xn2gmPb9TfM/SS2ChwchInI/AAAAAAAADXc/4BrtWQUyDKg/s144/avatar.gif'/><span><data:description/></span></p>

Replace the code highlighted in red with the URL of your new avatar, being sure not to disturb the surrounding single quotes ('). Preview your template to ensure no mistakes have been made when pasting your URL, and if all is well, proceed to save your template.

Licensing and copyright information


All images and content used in this template were created by myself, including the mini-icons used for the post meta-data.

This template is distributed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Attribution 3.0 license. This means you can use the template in any of your projects and make any modifications you choose, so long as you do not sell this template and provide attribution to the original author in some way.

Your thoughts?

I hope you enjoy using the Halo 01 template for your blogging projects! Please feel free to offer your comments and opinions using the form below.

112 How to make columns of equal height in Blogger
November 25, 2008 /

An issue of blog design is that CSS based layouts cannot produce columns of equal heights. For example, when designing a two or three column template, it is almost impossible to make the sidebar(s) stretch to the length of the main posts column. This is particularly noticeable when a background color (or image) is used for the sidebar which does not stretch to the length of the page.



This issue is also relevant for those who display their blog posts side-by-side on the home page. Posts which are of equal height would appear in a harmonious grid-like format which is more pleasant to the eyes, whereas posts of unequal length disrupt the grid-like pattern and can often cause disarray in the layout.

In this tutorial, I'll explain how to use JavaScript to ensure columns of your choosing (whether the sidebars and main column, or individual posts) appear at equal heights to ensure a pleasant and harmonious layout for your blog design.


The "Matching Columns Script" and how it works


In this tutorial, we will be using an adaptation of the "Matching Columns" JavaScript by Alejandro Gervasio. which was modified to work in FireFox by Stefan Mischook for Killersites.com. You can read the original article and even view a video explaining how this script works over at the Killersites blog.

This JavaScript matches the height of all columns which use a specific CSS "class". It finds the length of the longest columns which uses this class name, then creates extra CSS declarations to ensure all other columns using this class are lengthened to the same height.

For example, if we use the class of "column" for both the main posts section and sidebars in our blog template, the script will ensure that the main column and both sidebars appear of equal length when viewed in a web browser.

The original Matching Columns JavaScripts use external files which are linked to in the head section of the web-page. However, I have adapted this method for use in Blogger templates so we can use "inline" JavaScript, meaning we do not need to host a JavaScript file on an external host.


How to add the Matching Columns function to your Blogger layout


The first step to creating columns of matching height in your Blogger layout is to add the required JavaScript code to the head section of your template.

This is very simple! All you need to do is copy the following section of code and paste this just before the closing <head> tag in your Blogger template (it is quite long so be sure to copy the entire section of code to your clipboard!):


&lt;!-- Equal Columns JavaScript Start --&gt;


&lt;script type='text/javascript'&gt;
/*
Enables columns to be of the same height for better blog designs.
Derived from a script by Alejandro Gervasio.
Modified to work in FireFox by Stefan Mischook for Killersites.com
Adapted for inline use with Blogger blogs by Amanda Fazani of BloggerBuster.com


How it works: just apply the CSS class of &#39;column&#39; to your pages&#39; main columns.
*/
function matchColumns(classname){


     var divs,contDivs,maxHeight,divHeight,d;
   
     // get all &lt;div&gt; elements in the document


     divs=document.getElementsByTagName(&#39;div&#39;);


     contDivs=[];


     // initialize maximum height value


     maxHeight=0;


     // iterate over all &lt;div&gt; elements in the document


     for(var i=0;i&lt;divs.length;i++){


          // make collection with &lt;div&gt; elements with class attribute &#39;container&#39;


          if(new RegExp(&quot;\\b&quot; + classname + &quot;\\b&quot;).test(divs[i].className)){


                d=divs[i];


                contDivs[contDivs.length]=d;


                // determine height for &lt;div&gt; element


                if(d.offsetHeight){


                     divHeight=d.offsetHeight;                    


                }


                else if(d.style.pixelHeight){


                     divHeight=d.style.pixelHeight;                   


                }


                // calculate maximum height


                maxHeight=Math.max(maxHeight,divHeight);


          }


     }


     // assign maximum height value to all of container &lt;div&gt; elements


     for(var i=0;i&lt;contDivs.length;i++){


          contDivs[i].style.height=maxHeight + &quot;px&quot;;


     }


}


// Runs the script when page loads


window.onload=function(){


     if(document.getElementsByTagName){


          matchColumns(&#39;crosscol&#39;); // class=column       
          matchColumns(&#39;column&#39;); // class=maincolumn   


     }


}
&lt;/script&gt;


&lt;!-- Equal Columns JavaScript End --&gt;

Once you have pasted this section of code in your template, proceed to save it. If for some reason you have made any errors when pasting the code, you will receive an error message and be unable to save.

Now to make sections of your Blogger layout have equal heights, we need to apply the class of "column" to those sections in the actual template code. I will offer two variations of how this can be achieved in this tutorial: making the sidebar and main-wrapper equal height, and making all posts equal height (for use when making posts appear side-by-side).


Make the sidebar(s) and main posts column of equal length


This method works best for layouts including at least one colored sidebar (whether this feature a background color or background images for effect). There are many different non-standard templates using this style of layout, so it's likely that the identifiers of the divisions referenced here could be different in your own template.


To make the sidebar(s) and main column of equal length, you will need to add the class of "column" to these divisions in the template.

For the main-wrapper (the section which holds your blog posts) you should look for a line like this in your template:


<div id='main-wrapper'>

Add the code highlighted in red to this line:



<div id='main-wrapper' class='column'>

If you cannot find <div id='main-wrapper'> in your template, this may be called 'main-wrap' or 'main-section' instead. Use your discretion to find the appropriate code tag; you can always change things later!

Next, you need to add the class of column to your sidebar or sidebars. If your template features more than one sidebar, this could become a little complicated though I will do my best to explain!

Most Blogger templates identify the sidebar-wrapper like this:


<div id='sidebar-wrapper'>

If you find this in your template code, simply add the section in red:


<div id='sidebar-wrapper' class='column'>

The main sidebar could also be called 'sidebar-wrap', 'left-sidebar' or even 'left-bar' depending on the template you are working with. Again, use your discretion and add class='column' in the place you think most appropriate for your template.

This also applies in templates where you have a second sidebar. It may be named <div id='sidebar-right'> ; 'right-sidebar-wrapper', 'new-sidebar-wrapper' or something entirely different. Simply add class='column' inside the division tag which you think references the correct section in your template.

Now to check if your modifications have been successful, attempt to preview your template. Since the JavaScript we are using is contained within the template (not referenced from an external host) you should be able to see the difference straight away. This means that your blog sidebar should appear as long as your main posts column.

If all looks well, you can proceed to save your template and enjoy your new matching columns. If your sidebar and main column do not appear at equal heights, clear your edits and begin again being sure to check the placement of the class='column' sections you have added.


To make posts of equal height


This method is particularly useful when using my recently posted customization to display posts side-by-side on non-item pages. Using this method ensures your posts appear in a grid-like fashion with spaces beneath shorter posts so all headings are correctly aligned.

For this example, you will need to ensure you have checked the "Expand widget templates" box on the Edit HTML page, as we will be adding the class of "column" inside the main posts widget.

Firstly, ensure you have added the JavaScript before the closing </head> tag in your Blogger template.

Next, search for the following line of code (or similar):


<div class='post'>

If you cannot find this line, search for the following instead:


<div class='post hentry'>

Or any other division tag which begins with <div class='post

You do not need to add the entire class='column' phrase here as this div already has class attributes. Instead, we simply need to add the class identifier, like this:


<div class='post column'>

or alternatively,


<div class='post hentry column'>  

This is because divisions can have more than one "class" (though they can only have one "id"!).

Once you have added this extra class to the posts section, preview your template to see that your blog posts are now all of equal height.

Important information when making posts of equal height

If you choose to make your posts of equal height, you must consider that all of your posts will appear as long as your longest post. So if you have one particularly long post on your home-page when all others are relatively short, there will be long gaps beneath all of your shortened posts!

Other uses for the matching columns script


You can also adapt this script and methods to add columns of equal height to your blog footer (in conjunction with my three column footer hack, perhaps!), or to any other areas of your blog template which you would like to be of matching heights.

Simply apply the class of "column" to all divisions which you would like to appear at the same height, and ensure you have pasted the JavaScript before the closing </head> tag in your Blogger template!

Your thoughts?


I hope you have found this tutorial to be a useful addition to the arsenal of Blogger customizations and tutorials posted here on Blogger Buster! Please feel free to leave your comments or let us know how you have used the matching columns script in your own designs by typing your message below.

120 How to display Blogger posts side by side (create a newspaper style layout!)
November 21, 2008 /

In recent weeks, one of the most requested tutorials has been how to display posts side-by-side. An example of how this is used is the classic (and much loved) Hemingway template, in which posts are displayed beside each other:

The Hemingway template does not include a sidebar in the layout. Instead, widgets are contained in the footer section (beneath the posts) which effectively puts most focus on the blog posts and less on the widget contents.

You can download the Hemingway template for Blogger from BlogCrowds in both the black and white variations of design.

Many bloggers prefer a three column template in which two of the columns are dedicated to blog posts (and with only one sidebar). An example of this layout can be seen in the popular Drudge Report blog:


In this tutorial, I'll explain how you can create a three column Blogger template in which two columns are dedicated to posts, while the third may be used as a regular sidebar. On item pages, the post will take up the full width of two columns to ensure there is no unsightly gap between this and the sidebar.


We're going to base this tutorial on the Minima template, though the same principles can be applied to most Blogger templates. Here is an example of what we will achieve:

Overview (Read this first!)


In this tutorial, I'll explain how to transform the default Minima template so that posts appear in (narrower) columns, side-by side on home, archive and search pages, with a sidebar of the same width appearing on the right hand side of the posts.

To transform the basic Minima template into a three column, newspaper style layout is fairly straightforward and includes two basic steps:
  1. Increase the width of the overall template to accomodate the extra column
  2. Add some conditional CSS to make the posts appear beside each other on non-item pages
However, once we have done these two steps, there will be a few other code and CSS issues which we need to resolve in order that the template will appear as it should. I will take you through all steps nescessary to ensure the layout appears as it should, with explanations and visual examples at each stage.

An issue which you should consider when using this tutorial is that the width of each posts column (on non-item pages) will be decreased to 290px. This means you should ensure images in posts are no wider than 290px (including any padding or borders) otherwise the posts columns will be pushed beneath each other, rather than be displayed side-by-side.

If you usually display large images and wish to do so on item pages, we can add some extra CSS to the template to restrict the width of images on non-item pages, as I will explain later in this tutorial.

Most of the techniques described in this tutorial may also be applied to different templates. If you would like to transform your own (non-Minima) template in this manner, my advice would be to follow each step of this tutorial in a test blog first, then see how this could apply to the different CSS classes and identifiers in your own template. It's much better to have some experience of this technique beforehand than to jump in feet first!

Step 1: Create a test blog


While it is not essential to create a test blog to make changes to your blog layout, I'm sure many of you will find this useful! This way you can make changes without affecting your main blog, and if you happen to make a mistake you can start all over again ;)

I have written a comprehensive tutorial about creating a test blog which you can read here. If you'd like to jump straight in, here are the basic steps covered in the test blog tutorial:
  1. Create a new blog (choose the Minima template for the purpose of this tutorial)
  2. Fill it with some posts (at least 2, though more would be preferable)
  3. Make it private, and prevent your blog being indexed by search engines
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to add "dummy content" to your blog, check out LoremIpsumDolarSitAmet.com which generated paragraphs of dummy text automatically (including my favorite filler text: Jabberwocky!).

Once you have created your test blog, we can begin changing aspects of the layout.

Step 2: Alter the dimensions of the layout


Now I am assuming you are using the Minima template (it doesn't matter which color), and that the sidebar is on the right-hand side of your layout.

At the moment, the layout is too narrow to accomodate a third column. So we need to alter the dimensions of the layout in order to create more space.

Increase the width of the #outer-wrapper

The #outer-wrapper is the container which holds all of the content in this template, including the header, main posts section and sidebar.

At present, your outer-wrapper will be 660px wide. We will increase this to 940px which will allow us to have three columns of 290px, 290px (the posts) and 300px (for the sidebar), plus margins between to allow for eye-pleasing white-space.

To achieve this, find the following section in the b:skin section of your layout:

#outer-wrapper {
  width: 660px;
  margin:0 auto;
  padding:10px;
  text-align:$startSide;
  font: $bodyfont;
  }

Change the 660px (highlighted in red) to say 940px instead.

Increase the width of the #main-wrapper

The #main-wrapper is the section which contains your blog posts, blog pager (newer/older posts) and any messages which appear when you perform a search or filter posts by label.

We need to increase this from 410px to 620px, which will allow enough room for posts to display side-by-side in two narrower columns.

To do this, find the following section of code:

#main-wrapper {
  width: 410px;
  float: $startSide;
  word-wrap: break-word; /* fix for long text breaking sidebar float in IE */
  overflow: hidden;     /* fix for long non-text content breaking IE sidebar float */
  }

And replace 410px with 620px instead.

Make the sidebar wider

Personally, I find a three column newspaper style template to be more pleasing when all three columns are approximately the same width. So we will increase the width of the sidebar from 220px to 300px, which will equal the width of the post columns and their white-space.

So find the following section of code:

#sidebar-wrapper {
  width: 220px;
  float: $endSide;
  word-wrap: break-word; /* fix for long text breaking sidebar float in IE */
  overflow: hidden;      /* fix for long non-text content breaking IE sidebar float */
}

And replace 220px with 300px instead.

Fix the header and footer widths


If you take a look at your template now, you will notice that the header and footer sections are narrower than the overall width of the blog.

This is because the Minima template uses specific widths for the #header-wrapper and #footer sections of the layout.

To widen these two sections (which complements the new wider design) we need to remove the width statements in the b:skin section of the template. This will then allow the header and footer to stretch to the width of the outer-wrapper and appear harmonious to the design.

Firstly, find the following section in your blog template:

#header-wrapper {
  width:660px;
  margin:0 auto 10px;
  border:1px solid $bordercolor;
  }

And remove the line highlighted in red.

Then locate this section of code:
#footer {
  width:660px;
  clear:both;
  margin:0 auto;
  padding-top:15px;
  line-height: 1.6em;
  text-transform:uppercase;
  letter-spacing:.1em;
  text-align: center;
}

And again, delete the line in red.

Now preview your template: you should notice that the header and footer sections now stretch to the overall width of the blog.

The blog description may look a little lop-sided with this new setting, like this:



To align the description centrally beneath the blog title, simply find this section of code:

#header .description {
  margin:0 5px 5px;
  padding:0 20px 15px;
  max-width:700px;
  text-transform:uppercase;
  letter-spacing:.2em;
  line-height: 1.4em;
  font: $descriptionfont;
  color: $descriptioncolor;
 }

Then delete the line in red. Since the description uses margins and padding, we can do away with the "max-width" property, which ensures this section is properly aligned to the heading above it.

Ensure the #blog-pager spans the width of the main posts section

When displaying posts side-by-side, it is ideal to have an even number of posts displayed. However, it is not always possible to do so. For example, on archive pages there may be an uneven number of posts for any given time period, or a blog search could produce 3, 5 or another uneven number of results.

For this reason, we must ensure the blog pager (which displays links to the home page, newer and older posts) has a fixed width. Otherwise it may appear at the top right of the posts, which is not harmonious to the design.

To apply a fixed width to the blog-pager, locate the following line of code in your template:

#blog-pager { 

And immediately after it, add the lines in red:

#blog-pager {
  width: 600px;
  clear: both;

  text-align: center;
 }

This will ensure the pager always spans the width of both post columns on non-item pages.

Save your modifications!

At this point, we have made some heavy modifications to the Minima template. So if you have not already done so, save your template now.

Step 3: Ensure the "date-header" appears in the right place!


In the Minima template, the section of code which produces the "date heading" for each post is outside the main "includable" for the blog posts. Since we are making two columns of posts appear on the home page of this template, we need to alter the placement of the date-header code, otherwise the date-headings will appear out of place!

This step is probably the most complicated of the whole tutorial, so take your time and do this carefully :)

For this, we will need to delve into the widget template for the posts section. You need to ensure you have checked the "Expand widget templates" box on the Edit HTML page:


Now search for the following section of code:

<data:adStart/>
<b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
<b:if cond='data:post.dateHeader'>
<h2 class='date-header'><data:post.dateHeader/></h2>
</b:if>
<b:include data='post' name='post'/>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
</b:if>
<b:if cond='data:post.includeAd'>
<data:adEnd/>
<data:adCode/>
<data:adStart/>
</b:if>
</b:loop>
<data:adEnd/>

This section brings together all elements of your blog posts to display in your active blog pages. The lines I have highlighted in red generate the date-heading for each post. These are the lines which need to be moved to a different place in the template code.

Highlight these three lines in your template, and key CTRL+X (or CMD+X) to temporarily "cut" them from the template. These will be copied to your clipboard so you can paste them in the new location.

Once you have "cut" these three lines, locate this line of code in your template:

<a expr:name='data:post.id'/>

And paste the three "cut" lines immediately after it.

Now preview your blog to ensure the date-headings are visible above each post. If all looks well, you can proceed to save your template.


Step 4: Add conditional CSS to make posts appear side-by-side on non-item pages


We have modified many aspects of our Minima template in preparation for the new posts column on non-item pages. Now we can add some conditional CSS which will make posts appear side-by-side!

This is actually quite easy! All you need to do is copy the following section of code to your clipboard:

<b:if cond="data:blog.pageType != "item"">
<style>
.post {width: 290px; margin-right: 20px; float: left;overflow: hidden;}
</style>
</b:if>

And paste this immediately after the closing </b:skin> tag in your template code. You can then preview your template, and will be able to see the results right away!

Save your template at this point, and view your demonstration blog in your browser. Have a play around with the pages, viewing archives, performing searches and the like. You will see that on non-item pages, the posts appear in narrow columns side-by-side, whereas on item pages, the post will span the width of both columns!

Taking care of images in your newspaper-style template


Your new post columns are slightly narrower than the width for "large" images which you may upload to your posts. This means that large sized images will be "cut off" when displayed on non-item pages.

There are two ways you can work around this:
  1. Only ever post small/medium sized images to your posts
  2. Specify the width of post images on non-item pages.
If you choose the second option, you will need to add a little more CSS to the conditional style we added, just after the closing tag, like this:



<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
<style>
.post {width: 290px; margin-right: 20px; float: left;overflow: hidden;}.post-body img {width: 280px;}
</style>
</b:if>

This would reduce the width of large images to only 280px on non-item pages, whereas on individual posts, the images will display at full width.

However, any images which would usually be smaller than 280px in width would be stretched to this width.

You could of course choose for images to be even narrower (eg: 100px or 150px) if you plan on serving smaller sized images as well as large ones. Simply change width: 280px to your chosen specification.

Summary

If you would like to apply this technique to a different template, or would simply prefer a summarized version of this template, here is a quick summary of the steps required to make posts appear side-by-side in a Blogger layout:

  1. Prepare your existing template
    • Widen the outer-wrapper
    • Widen the main posts column
    • Ensure the header and footer sections are widened accordingly
    • Don't forget to adjust the width of the blog-pager section!

  2. Ensure the date-header code snippet is above the code for the post title, and not seperately coded within the posts loop
  3. Add conditional CSS outside the <b:skin> section of your template, which ensures the posts appear side-by-side only on non-item pages. You may need to experiment with different widths and margins to find the ideal dimensions for your own layout.
  4. Be aware of how images may appear in your new layout and make changes accordingly
I hope this tutorial has explained how to create a newspaper style template in Blogger in which posts appear side-by-side. The methods used here have been tried and tested for modifying the Minima template, though for other Blogger templates you may need to make more adjustments and possibly change background images to accomodate the new dimensions of your three-column layout.

If you have any useful tips to accompany this tutorial, or would simply like to leave a comment, please feel free to leave your message below.

247 Fixing Custom Favicons for Blogger Blogs
November 06, 2008 /

Favicons A-Z by Dave TaylorMany Blogger users have reported that their custom favicon has suddenly been replaced with the default orange Blogger favicon.

The reason for this is that the 'all-head-content' includable (the content generated for page headers when your blog is viewed in a browser) has been updated to include the following line:

<link href='http://www.blogger.com/favicon.ico' rel='icon' type='image/vnd.microsoft.icon'/>

Thankfully, there is an easy "fix" for this issue!


Simply locate the line(s) of code you have added to your Blogger template to reference your custom Favicon, and move these just before the closing </head> tag in your template.

The reason this trick works is because the code to reference your custom favicon appears after the lines added by Blogger to reference the Blogger favicon. In all HTML documents, code which appears later in the mark-up takes precedence over any tags which appear earlier (unless of course, statements are attached to make the earlier tags preferential!).

How to link to a custom favicon in your Blogger blog


If you do not already use a custom favicon for your blog, you may be interested to learn how to create one, so here are some useful links to other articles and resources on site:

Favicons and Internet Explorer

When using Internet Explorer 6, you will only see favicons appear in the address bar if you have bookmarked the site you are viewing.

The tern "favicon" is  short for "favorite icon", and as such Internet Explorer will only display the favicon of a site if the site is recognized as one of your favorites (ie: if you have bookmarked the site in your browser!).

Some people also report that the favicon will only display when viewing the particular page they have bookmarked, and not the entire site. In this case, you would need to restart your browser for the favicon to appear in the address bar of all pages.

Your internet security settings (both in Internet Explorer and any anti-virus/anti-spyware programs you use) may also affect whether or not favicons will be displayed in IE6.

Were you able to fix your broken favicon?


I hope this post has provided a useful overview of how to fix the link to your custom favicon in your Blogger blog. Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions below.

357 Issues with the embedded comment form?
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Yesterday a few readers emailed me to explain that there were issues with Blogger's embedded comment form.

The issue was that the "Comment as" drop down menu was empty, preventing readers from choosing an identity for their comments which in turn prevented comments from being left.

As yet, the Blogger team have not acknowledged this issue on the Known Issues (or any other blog), and as far as we can tell, the problem should now be resolved. It could have been a browser-related issue, or perhaps Blogger was making some improvements to the embedded comment form which caused this temporary glitch?

Software Testing Zone wrote about this issue in detail, and has since updated this post to explain that this issue appears to have been resolved. I personally did not experience any problems with the embedded comment form for any of the Blogger blogs I viewed over the past few days, but I am interested to learn more about this issue in case something similar happens in the future.

For anyone still experiencing this problem when reading Blogger powered blogs, try refreshing your browser (press F5 for most browsers, which completely refreshed the page), or clear cookies and temporary internet files to ensure you have a fresh version of the page.

If you were affected by issues with the embedded comment form, please do leave a comment below with some information, such as the browser you were using (Firefox, IE6/7, Safari), whether the blog was using a custom domain or a customized template, etc.

Thank you all for keeping me informed about any Blogger issues you are experiencing! Even though I am not officially affiliated to Blogger, I will do my best to help the Blogger community in any way I can.

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