Editing Page Elements in Blogger - dummies

Editing Page Elements in Blogger

By Amy Lupold Bair

The Layout area of Blogger gives you, the blogger, a ground-breaking tool that allows you to have detailed control over the layout and look of your blog without requiring you to become an HTML guru and stay up late figuring out the intricacies of web publishing. This kind of editing control reflects the growing do-it-yourself attitude found in the blogosphere: Bloggers want sites that reflect their own sensibilities, but not everyone has the time to become an expert or the budget to hire one.

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Source: www.blogger.com Use the Layout page in Blogger to customize your blog layout.

This access also reflects the growing expertise of many computer users who can edit photographs and create graphics, and it gives them the capability to make the most of those skills.

In the Layout screen, a wireframe of your blog template appears. A wireframe is a visual representation of the template layout that uses only outlines, or boxes, of the elements.

The following list explains how you can use the wireframe features to customize your page:

  • Edit page elements. Click the Edit link for any page element that is already being used to change its formatting. What you can change depends on what kind of element it is and the features Blogger has given you access to. For example, clicking Edit on the Blog Posts area lets you edit:
    • The number of posts on the page
    • The date style
    • Wording of the byline, labels, and comments areas
    • Social networking sharing tools such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+
    • Ad placement in your page
    • The order of elements in a blog post
  • Add a gadget. Click the Add a Gadget link to place in your sidebar polls, images, lists, advertising, and more from a library of Blogger-provided elements. You have many to choose from, but here’s a quick list to give you a feel for the options:
    • Poll
    • List
    • Link List
    • Image
    • Google AdSense
    • Text
    • HTML/third-party functionality
    • RSS or Atom feed
    • Video clips
    • Logo
    • Your profile
    • Newsreel
  • Move page elements. Click and drag them to a new position.
  • Preview edits that you’ve made. See how your changes look before you save them to your blog by clicking the Preview button.
  • Revert to the original version of your template. Click the Clear Edits button.

You can also remove many elements on the page. Click Edit and look for a Remove button for anything you don’t want to include on your blog. Don’t worry if you change your mind later — you can always add them back in.