Knowledge is good only if it is shared. As a new blogger, I had learned to change the Web template, and found out the tips, tricks, hacks, and tweaks of altering the Blogger template, customizing CSS, widgets, layout, blog design, inserting JavaScripts, HTML codes, Google AdSense, and other settings the hard way, through many trials and errors. For the purposes of this guide, I had started with the old Blogger “Minima” template. As I made the changes or learned something new, I had documented them. Before changing any template, please remember to save a copy of the current template. After editing the template, preview it, and save it when you are satisfied with the change. Hope this guide will help those who are finding the way around, just like me.

Search Tips for New Bloggers

We have extended our month-long vacation by a couple of days. We shall be posting articles the moment we return. We noticed that Google had updated the Page Ranks. New bloggers who have been waiting anxiously for this can check their blogs' Page Ranks. We have the PR checker link in our SEO Tools - Search Engine Optimization article.

The blog we created recently in Aug 2007, Blogger FAQ and Help, has also got its first Page Rank, a PR4. All our blogs are now ranked:-

Tips for New Bloggers - PR6
Business Fables and Management Lessons - PR4
Famous Motivational and Inspirational Quotes - PR4
Blogger FAQ and Help - PR4

Thanks to everyone for the support!

Oct 7, 2007

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Three Columns Thisaway Template (II)

In the earlier Three Columns Thisaway Template (I) article, we have given a how-to guide on changing the Thisaway and Thisaway Blue templates from two-column to three-column templates. In this second part, we shall show you how to add a new sidebar into the Thisaway Green and Thisaway Rose templates. As we had mentioned, before modifying the template, be sure to back up the existing template. After making the changes, preview the template and if you see a new 3 column template layout, you may continue to save the changes. If you don't see the second sidebar, go through the steps again and double check to make sure that you have correctly amended the code.

Thisaway Green Template

The final three-column Thisaway Green Template should look like this:-

Three Columns Thisaway Template (II)

After you have backed up the current template, scroll to these lines in the template code:-

/* global
-------------- */
body {
margin: 0;
text-align: center;
min-width: 760px;
background: #9dce43 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_body.gif) repeat-x left top;
color: $textColor;
font-size: small;
}

blockquote {
margin: 0;
padding: 0 10px 0 10px;
border-left: 6px solid #e8f4d3;
border-right: 6px solid #e8f4d3;
color: $postTitleColor;
}

code {
color: $postTitleColor;
}

hr {
display: none;
}

/* layout
-------------- */
#outer-wrapper {
margin: 0 auto;
width: 760px;
text-align: left;
font: $bodyFont;
}

#header-wrapper {
padding-bottom: 15px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_header_bottom.gif) no-repeat left bottom;
}

#header {
background: #4b6320 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_header.gif) repeat-x left bottom;
}

#content-wrapper {
position: relative;
width: 760px;
background: #f7f0e9 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_main_wrapper.gif) repeat-y left top;
}

#main-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
padding: 0;
width: 483px;
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 */
}

#main {
padding: 22px 8px 0 8px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_content.gif) repeat-x left top;
}

.post {
margin: 0 8px 14px 21px;
padding: 0;
border-bottom: 3px solid #e8f4d3;
}

#comments {
margin: 0 16px 14px 29px;
padding: 10px;
border: 1px solid #e4f0ce;
background-color: #eff5e4;
}

#sidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: right;
margin: 0 3px 0 0;
width: 269px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#sidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 179px 0;
}

#sidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#footer-wrapper {
padding-top: 15px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_footer_top.gif) no-repeat left top;
clear: both;
}

#footer {
background: #374915 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_footer.gif) repeat-x left top;
text-align: center;
min-height: 2em;
}


Change, amend or insert the portions (shown in red):-

/* global
-------------- */
body {
margin: 0;
text-align: center;
min-width: 987px;
background: #9dce43 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_body.gif) repeat-x left top;
color: $textColor;
font-size: small;
}

blockquote {
margin: 0;
padding: 0 10px 0 10px;
border-left: 6px solid #e8f4d3;
border-right: 6px solid #e8f4d3;
color: $postTitleColor;
}

code {
color: $postTitleColor;
}

hr {
display: none;
}

/* layout
-------------- */
#outer-wrapper {
margin: 0 auto;
width: 987px;
text-align: left;
font: $bodyFont;
}

#header-wrapper {
padding-bottom: 15px;
background: url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyg/bg_header_bottom_2.gif) no-repeat left bottom;
}

#header {
background: #4b6320 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_header.gif) repeat-x left bottom;
}

#content-wrapper {
position: relative;
width: 987px;
background: #f7f0e9 url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyg/bg_main_wrapper_2.gif) repeat-y left top;
}

#main-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
padding: 0;
width: 483px;
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 */
}

#main {
padding: 22px 8px 0 8px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_content.gif) repeat-x left top;
}

.post {
margin: 0 8px 14px 21px;
padding: 0;
border-bottom: 3px solid #e8f4d3;
}

#comments {
margin: 0 16px 14px 29px;
padding: 10px;
border: 1px solid #e4f0ce;
background-color: #eff5e4;
}

#sidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: right;
margin: 0 3px 0 0;
width: 247px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#sidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 159px 0;
}

#sidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#newsidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
width: 247px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#newsidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 159px 0;
}

#newsidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#footer-wrapper {
padding-top: 15px;
background: url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyg/bg_footer_top_2.gif) no-repeat left top;
clear: both;
}

#footer {
background: #374915 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_green/bg_footer.gif) repeat-x left top;
text-align: center;
min-height: 2em;
}



We have done up new background images to accommodate the new widths. The widths of the sidebars are slightly reduced.

Scroll down to these lines:-

/** Page structure tweaks for layout editor wireframe */

body#layout #main,
body#layout #sidebar {
padding: 0;
}


Change them to this:-

/** Page structure tweaks for layout editor wireframe */

body#layout #main,
body#layout #sidebar,
body#layout #newsidebar {
padding: 0;
}


Further down the template, look for this and add the lines (shown in red):-

<div id='newsidebar-wrapper'>
<b:section class='sidebar' id='newsidebar' preferred='yes'>
<b:widget id='NewProfile' locked='false' title='About Me' type='Profile'/>
</b:section>
</div>

<div id='main-wrapper'>
<b:section class='main' id='main' showaddelement='no'>
<b:widget id='Blog1' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'/>
</b:section>
</div>


This places your Profile in the left sidebar. This can be removed later. Now, “Preview” the template to view the changes and if see the new sidebar nicely aligned, click “Save Template”. Remove the Profile if you don't want it there by going back to Template -> Page Elements and removing the Profile widget. Refresh your Blog to see your new Three Column Thisaway Green layout!

Thisaway Rose Template

The final three-column Thisaway Rose Template should look like this:-

Three Columns Thisaway Template (II)

After you have backed up the current template, scroll to these lines in the template code:-

/* global
-------------- */
body {
margin: 0;
text-align: center;
min-width: 760px;
background: #ce436e url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_body.gif) repeat-x left top;
color: $textColor;
font-size: small;
}

blockquote {
margin: 0;
padding: 0 10px 0 10px;
border-left: 6px solid #f7d8e2;
border-right: 6px solid #f7d8e2;
color: $postTitleColor;
}

code {
color: $postTitleColor;
}

hr {
display: none;
}

/* layout
-------------- */
#outer-wrapper {
margin: 0 auto;
width: 760px;
text-align: left;
font: $bodyFont;
}

#header-wrapper {
padding-bottom: 15px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_header_bottom.gif) no-repeat left bottom;
}

#header {
background: #632035 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_header.gif) repeat-x left bottom;
}

#content-wrapper {
position: relative;
width: 760px;
background: #f7f0e9 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_main_wrapper.gif) repeat-y left top;
}

#main-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
padding: 0;
width: 483px;
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 */
}

#main {
padding: 22px 8px 0 8px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_content.gif) repeat-x left top;
}

.post {
margin: 0 8px 14px 21px;
padding: 0;
border-bottom: 3px solid #f7d8e2;
}

#comments {
margin: 0 16px 14px 29px;
padding: 10px;
border: 1px solid #f0ced8;
background-color: #f5e4e9;
}

#sidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: right;
margin: 0 3px 0 0;
width: 269px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#sidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 179px 0;
}

#sidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#footer-wrapper {
padding-top: 15px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_footer_top.gif) no-repeat left top;
clear: both;
}

#footer {
background: #491525 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_footer.gif) repeat-x left top;
text-align: center;
min-height: 2em;
}


Change, amend or insert the portions (shown in red):-

/* global
-------------- */
body {
margin: 0;
text-align: center;
min-width: 987px;
background: #ce436e url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_body.gif) repeat-x left top;
color: $textColor;
font-size: small;
}

blockquote {
margin: 0;
padding: 0 10px 0 10px;
border-left: 6px solid #f7d8e2;
border-right: 6px solid #f7d8e2;
color: $postTitleColor;
}

code {
color: $postTitleColor;
}

hr {
display: none;
}

/* layout
-------------- */
#outer-wrapper {
margin: 0 auto;
width: 987px;
text-align: left;
font: $bodyFont;
}

#header-wrapper {
padding-bottom: 15px;
background: url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyr/bg_header_bottom_2.gif) no-repeat left bottom;
}

#header {
background: #632035 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_header.gif) repeat-x left bottom;
}

#content-wrapper {
position: relative;
width: 987px;
background: #f7f0e9 url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyr/bg_main_wrapper_2.gif) repeat-y left top;
}

#main-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
padding: 0;
width: 483px;
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 */
}

#main {
padding: 22px 8px 0 8px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_content.gif) repeat-x left top;
}

.post {
margin: 0 8px 14px 21px;
padding: 0;
border-bottom: 3px solid #f7d8e2;
}

#comments {
margin: 0 16px 14px 29px;
padding: 10px;
border: 1px solid #f0ced8;
background-color: #f5e4e9;
}

#sidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: right;
margin: 0 3px 0 0;
width: 247px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#sidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 159px 0;
}

#sidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#newsidebar-wrapper {
display: inline; /* fixes a strange ie margin bug */
float: left;
margin: 0 0 0 3px;
width: 247px;
color: $textColor;
line-height: 1.4em;
font-size: 90%;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar.gif) repeat-x left top;
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 */
}

#newsidebar {
padding: 7px 11px 0 14px;
background: url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_sidebar_arrow.gif) repeat-y 159px 0;
}

#newsidebar .widget {
margin-bottom: 20px;
}

#footer-wrapper {
padding-top: 15px;
background: url(http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z76/tipsfornewbloggers/tyr/bg_footer_top_2.gif) no-repeat left top;
clear: both;
}

#footer {
background: #491525 url(http://www.blogblog.com/thisaway_rose/bg_footer.gif) repeat-x left top;
text-align: center;
min-height: 2em;
}



We have done up new background images to accommodate the new widths. The widths of the sidebars are slightly reduced.

Scroll down to these lines:-

/** Page structure tweaks for layout editor wireframe */

body#layout #main,
body#layout #sidebar {
padding: 0;
}


Change them to this:-

/** Page structure tweaks for layout editor wireframe */

body#layout #main,
body#layout #sidebar,
body#layout #newsidebar {
padding: 0;
}


Further down the template, look for this and add the lines (shown in red):-

<div id='newsidebar-wrapper'>
<b:section class='sidebar' id='newsidebar' preferred='yes'>
<b:widget id='NewProfile' locked='false' title='About Me' type='Profile'/>
</b:section>
</div>

<div id='main-wrapper'>
<b:section class='main' id='main' showaddelement='no'>
<b:widget id='Blog1' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'/>
</b:section>
</div>


This places your Profile in the left sidebar. This can be removed later. Now, “Preview” the template to view the changes and if see the new sidebar nicely aligned, click “Save Template”. Remove the Profile if you don't want it there by going back to Template -> Page Elements and removing the Profile widget. Refresh your Blog to see your new Three Column Thisaway Rose layout!

Align Header Title and Description

The Header title and description in the Thisaway Green and Thisaway Rose templates are aligned to the left. To adjust them to the center or a fixed position in the Header, read the guidelines at Header Image and Title Alignment (II).

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19 comments:

Ashu said...

Hi! Could you please post the how-to for a 3 column Tic Tac template? Thanks...

Tom said...

Thanks for sharing your tips! I was able to use the edits made to the Thisaway template to update the Harbor template I use for a three-column layout. It works great! It may be seen at being-michaels-daddy.blogspot.com

Zie said...

Hi.. thank you so much..

This is a very useful post

Christie said...

I'm trying to change a Thisaway green template to a three column. I feel like I've done everything right and double checked but when I want to preview, I get the following message./... Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: Element type "b:section" must be followed by either attribute specifications, ">" or "/>"....I've checked that B:section a dozen times but it seems right...any suggestions?

Gerri said...

I would like to have change my layout so that the template is a wider two column thisaway template. Any idea how I can do that? Please do stop by and let me know. Thanks in advance. Gerri

rose said...

Hi, thanks so much for this tutorial. keep up the good work and more power. I am currently using it with my blog, is there any way to actually fit everything into the full mode view of the computer?

Anonymous said...

may peace be upon u

i recently created account in TEXT LINK ADS as an affiliate customer
problem is that my ads does no appear in my blog help

email: umar_404@rediffmail.com

Vannie said...

thanks so much for the idiot-proof instructions.
^_^

i ddnt have much trouble editing mine!

good job! keep it up. muah!

Berryblitz said...

I want to thank you for this tutorial. I want to make my blog 3 columns but I don't want to change my template.

This tutorial had helped me a lot on making my blog into 3 columns :)

Your tutorial is not only for the templates you specifically mentioned, but to any existing templates :)

Cheers!!!

THE GREAT KHAN said...

hi ,
biz thnx for this great stuff your realy great person you r genuis

Annalise said...

thanks for such a stright forward easy to understand tutorial. My template worked first time!

Yasmeen said...

thanks a lot for posting so many blogger tips .
Yasmeen
Healthnut

Connie said...

Thank you so much!

ComMom said...

Well it took me about three tries but I now have a nice 3-column Thisaway blog in green. One problem: how do I get the lighter green/creamy color in the center column to continue to the bottom of blog page.
Thanks.

A.K.H. said...

Thank you. This worked! I tried another site's recommendation to no avail. Thank you for your hard work!

Billigflug said...

Great tutorial, I'll give it a try in my new project. It would fit very well.

Karissa Dee said...

success! thank you!

Ivy said...

I spent a while putting that code on, then I relized it deleted everything on my blog! I wish you wouldve said something.

Phyllis said...

I use Thisaway Rose and I tried editing the code per your instructions. I couldn't preview the edits because they said "NewProfile" was not valid.