Jul 30, 2012

Tip: A better automatic thumbnail and summary script for Blogger

When we first started creating custom websites using Blogger, one of the first real script needs that we ran up against was the need for an automatic thumbnail and read more function, one where you could set the size of the thumbnails and the word count of the summary. This was before Blogger added jump breaks, but also allowed you to slip a thumbnail in there even if the image was later in the post.

Jul 29, 2012

Tip: Easy instructions for adding Pinterest to each post

Adding Pinterest correct to your Blogger site can be a bit challenging; most people take the easy way out and add it site-wide as opposed to adding it to the specific post footer code. Why is it better to add it to the specific post footer? Because you can add default descriptive information into the pin!

Jul 28, 2012

Tip: Automatically resize your Blogger post's images

You've been blogging along for a while now, inserting your images into your blog posts and sizing them to fit nicely into the template that you've selected. A few hundred posts later you decide it's time to make some changes to your template... the unfortunate part? Now all of the images in all of your posts have a set size leaving a gap in your blog posts.

Note: this article also applies to you if you simply want all of your images to go full width for the content column.

Jul 26, 2012

Tip: Transferring your Blogger blog and its images

Lets face it - sometimes life comes to a point where you need to hand over the reigns of your blog to someone else. You've built a great site, with lots of great content and followers and you don't want to see it die, so you want to bring a new "owner" in to the site and transfer the entire site to them. The process is easy, but unfortunately most people only do 1/2 of the job; they forget to transfer the photos!

Jul 25, 2012

Tip: Creating a newspaper layout in Blogger with the first image before the article

A request that often is brought up in Blogger development forums is the desire to break the conventional post/article format of date -> post title -> post body -> post footer and do something such as moving the first image of the first article to come before the post title, or even elsewhere in the web page.

Jul 18, 2012

Blogger Template: Sartorial 2 and Sartorial 3, premium Blogger templates for download

Sartorial 2 and Sartorial 3 are our first premium Blogger templates for purchase and download, and we hope you love them! Unlike most templates that you download from the web, these make full usage of the Template customization tool in Blogger giving you the feedom to change the design to match the needs of your individual site and style.

Jul 12, 2012

Tip: Sometimes you need to kill Lightbox in Blogger

I'm going to admit something: I like the Lightbox feature in Blogger. While the Blogger Product Team took some heat for rolling it out, they also pretty quickly added in the ability to turn it off for your entire site. Yes, there is a setting that turns it off, never to come back.  But what if you want it in your site, but perhaps need to disable it on a case by case basis? Perhaps for certain page types, specific pages, etc.