How to Customize Your MySpace Blog - dummies

How to Customize Your MySpace Blog

Although the overall look of your MySpace blog has the same characteristics of your MySpace profile, you can customize some color and text settings. MySpace enables you to make certain customizations to your blog:

1Log in to your MySpace account and click the Blog link at the top of the page to get to the Blog Control Center.

You have several options available to you on this screen.

2Click the Customize Blog link to access the Customize My Blog window.

This view should look familiar to you if you’ve customized your main MySpace page.

3In the General Page Settings section, specify the background color of the page.

Click the palette button located to the right of the fields to see the available color choices. Click your color choice, and MySpace sets up the code for you in the text box.

4Select how you want to align your blog in the readers' Web browsers.

By default, the blog appears in the middle of the browser.

5In the Width Length setting, either enter a width for the blog in the text box or select a percentage from the drop-down list.

You can always change it back later.

6Specify a font for your text, its size, and its color.

The Verdana font is the default.

7Specify how you want links to appear in your blog.

Any links you put in your blog stand out from the normal text, and the Normal Link, Visited Link, and Active Link controls let you determine how they appear. You can choose a color and whether the link will be underlined.

8Use the Blogs Per Page control to specify how many entries appear on each page of the blog.

The default number is 10, but it can range from 1 to 15.

9In the Page Header section, to create a custom header, first select the Custom Header radio button.

By default, the Custom Header is turned off so the readers will see nothing if you don’t want them to.

10In the Site Name and Tagline fields, enter the text you want to appear as the title and subtitle of the page.

The Site Name creates the main body of the header.

11Change the colors of the background, the font, and the border by clicking the palette button next to each option and selecting a color.

MySpace converts the color you select into hexadecimal code.

12If you're familiar with HTML, add your own header information in the last field of this section.

Inserting incorrect HTML can cause problems displaying the page. Unless you know what you’re doing, you might want to leave this section alone.

13In the Side Module section, specify how you want the information about you to look.

Choose which side of the page to put the Side Module on and what colors you want to use for the border, text, and body.

14Use the radio buttons to choose what parts of your profile you let the reader see.

If you want to put information on display, select Yes; otherwise, select No.

15In the Blog Post Settings section, select the colors and font you want to use for the main section of the blog.

You can set the color for not only your blog’s text, but also the text of comments that readers leave.

16Specify how you want the time and date stamp to appear.

You can choose where on the page you want those to appear.

17In the Background Settings section, if you want to put a picture behind your blog, put the address for that picture in the Background Image field.

Make sure you have the picture you want to use already loaded on a Web server.

18Specify how you want the picture to appear in the background.

You can adjust the picture to either stay in place (fixed) or move while the reader scrolls through your writings. You can also choose to have the picture repeat (like tiles) vertically, horizontally, or in all directions.

19In the Your Own Additional Style Sheet section, add your own style information in CSS (Cascading Style Sheet).

Although CSS allows you to highly customize the look of your MySpace page, it can be a little complicated. You don’t have to put anything in the field if you don’t want to, and in fact it’s better to avoid it until you know what you’re doing.