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Thursday, May 17, 2007

TECHNOFEAR: changing the background on your blog




HULLO NOT-A-BEARS!

As promist, heer ar sum instrukshons on how to put yor own backgrownd on yor blog.

If yu just want to change the background colour (or link colour, or text colour, etc) click on CUSTOMIZE at the top of yor blog. This will take yu to the TEMPLATE page. Click on "Fonts and Colours" (at the top) an this takes yu to a menu an a colour palette. The little menu in the top left box scrolls up an down to show yu the diffrent bits of yor blog, like text, heading colour, an so on. Jus highlight the wun yu want to change, then choose a colour from the palette. Use the 'save changes' button on the left to keep wat yu change, or the 'clear edits' button if yu change yor mind. ('clear edits' won't take yu bak to the beginning wunce yu press save, so be careful.)

If yu want to put yor own pikcher on the background, do this-

(1) You need to get a URL for the pikcher yu want to use. Yu can get this two ways.

First, yu can put a pikcher on an Online Album. FLIKR is wun exampol of an Online Album. Yu can see a link to my FLIKR album on the right of my blog. FLIKR will giv yu a URL for eny pikcher yu lodge in an album wiv them.

The other way is to just post a pikcher on your blog. Yu get the URL of it by putting the mouse over it and Right Click, then press Properties. In this exampol (below) I am showing yu the URL fer the Koala pikcher on my blog. (It comes up in a new window an yu can see I hav highlighted it):


make a note of the URL of yor pikcher, as yu will need to type it in layter. (By the way, never never use the URL of a pikcher on sumwun else's site, as this is stealing bandwidth. It can also make things go awry. I mean, where wud yu be if they suddenly deleeted that pikcher. Up the swanny wivout a pikcher, that's where.)

(2) Next, click on "CUSTOMIZE" at the top of your blog.

This takes yu to the "TEMPLATE" page. Click on "Edit HTML":


but don't panic!

(3) There is a fail-safe option at the top: click on "DOWNLOAD FULL TEMPLATE". This allows yu to save on yor computer the current layout of yor blog wiv all its current colours and stuff. Do this, so that if yu accidently press "save" by mistake, yu can get bak to how it was befor:





(4) Next, yu need to find the bit in the HTML where it says "body background". There are several bits referring to background, so make shor yu find the "body" wun. (If yu change the wrong wun it duzzent matter as yu will "preview" it ferst to chek yu did the right bit, befor yu save eny changes, right?)



Obvious point here, folks- remember that diffrent templates hav diffrent HTML, so yors might not say EXACTLY the same as mine duzz heer. But yu still want the background bit under "BODY", like I'm pointing to in the photo.

(5) Next, where it says URL, change this to the URL of yor pikcher.


e.g., background:url(http://blahblahblah.jpg")




Be careful not to deleet eny of the ( ) or ; when yu do this, or it won't werk. (If yu do, sum red writing will pop up an tell yu that yor HTML is bad, wen yu try to preview it. If this happens, it's easiest just to press 'clear edits' an start agen.)


(6) Now yu need to chek how yor blog will look with yor new pikcher in the bakgrownd. Click on "PREVIEW", wich I'm pointing to here:



an then another screen will come up,showin yu wat yor blog will look like if yu go ahed. Here's me havin a larf at seein my blog wiv lots of silly koalas-are-not-a-bears posters in the backgrownd:


(7) as I don't want pikchers of these silly beak-nosed tree-huggers all over the place, I dident press to save the changes. Insted I pressed "CLEAR EDITS" an all went bak to normal. If yu liked how yor new bakgrownd looks, just press "SAVE TEMPLATE".

Sorry fer the wobbly pic on this larst wun. I was still larfing.


So there yu are.

Hope that was all pritty clear. Eny kwestions, just leeve them in the comments. Also, let me know if there is enything else I can help wiv. An while yor there, can enywon tell me how to embed links in the comments pages????? Cos I don't know that wun!

Bye fer now!

20 comments:

Meanie the baby dragon said...

U so mawt Bob! Geez how u wern tu do dat?

YesBut said...

Bob
Thanks for that very useful info - so clearly explained. All I have to do now is sellect a suitable background photo -what symbol can I use for a grumpy old fart?
.
By the way I've missed your comments the last couple of days, I know I know, wrist slapped I don't leave comments on your blog

Dr Zibbs said...

That has got to be the g'damn smartest bear. Was it harder to train him not to attack or to teach him computer skills?

Bart said...

Useful stuff, Bob. I wonder what I could use that would fit in to my terse overall theme...hrm.

Ozzie Bear said...

right i m back ... now where was i ..ermmm..
yer' right ...
yer got a noice web page . we like the left side bits' when yer showing us how to do stuff to yer computer .. a bit hard for us we just writ things and play the old space invaders things on ours.. and check out the chicky babes... well duck does and mr woo likes ter ermmm .. well admire the piccies of kanar woos''...
me .. well i,m in ter' me sport.. and footy .. FOOOOOTY thats GODS GAME in GODs own COUnrty .. AHMEN ..

THIS IS A WOTTAL , TER' SYMBOL OF OUR ....YER' CAN PUT IT IN A BOTTLE OR HOLD IT IN YER' HAND.
AHMEN.

anD . WELL ANY WAYS... YER. EVEN GOT A PICCIE' OF A MONKEY ... WHERE THE GO WITH THAT ONE
???


BUT WE FORGIVES YER' COS WE NOTICED A PHOTO OF BIRTHDAY PARTY HAVE ONE OF OUR DEAR, AN' MUCH LOVED AN' MISSED FRIENDS ..... yepp! WE SEE'S YER IN THE CORNER SITIN' ON BOBS LAP...
SO GOOD ON YER cat dag' NICE TER SEE'S YER' WELL.

SO ..DOC HAS A QUESTION YER' ASKS' OF YER...
SO HERE IT IS..

IN THE PIC'S ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE , WHERE YER' SHOWIN' US HOWS TO DO SUM THING TER' THE COMPUTER.. HOW CAN WE MAKE our SCREEN ALL FANCY AND HAVE THOSE WOBBLE LITTLE LINES ON IT .. COS WE CANT MAKE OURS DO THAT .. AN' WE KIND A ' LIKE THAT FUNNY CURVY WOBBLY LINES..?THING.

WELL I GOT TER' BE OFF ME OLD MATE BOB .. COS DOC'S AFTER ME BEER AGAIN
OL-AR - ROO MATE

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Thanks, Meanie!
I've got a good HTML book. It's a smoll Bear-size wun an not too complikaytid.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

YesBut,

Hullo there! How about sum toilet roll? (NOT CHARMIN brand)

:@}

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Dr Zibbs,

OI!!!!!!!!

Watchoo mean, train me????

I'm an edukaytid Bear, I is. I went to Spy Collidge!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Bart,

Hmm. I kinda like the black bakgrownd on yor Shnitzle.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hullo Bear! Greetings to Dog an Mr Woo too.

The screen went wobbly like that cos of the camera angle, I think. I was larfing an made the tabol vibrate a bit. HAHAHA.

And ah yes, DogCat. He's a great frend. I get to play wiv him evry other week. Dilly gets him every other week too, but she plays wiv the cat end an puts sissy bows on it. The Dogend, my end, well I've got a collar for him an evrything.

I shall hav to do a post on him speshally.

Bye fer now!!!

:@}

Chewy said...

Do you give manicures also?

Meanie the baby dragon said...

me so mawt tu!

david mcmahon said...

Hi BTBear,

Good tech advice and a nice fun touch with the instructional pictures.

Stroke of genius. This is the X-factor we seek.

Yours, in awe

David

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Chewy,

I ownly do manicures on my own toenails. Peepol tend to get very eesily offended. Apparently hewmans prefer 'nail-files' an sizzers. Wats rong wiv a gud nibbol, I don't know.

Given yor name, I suspect yu might agree?

:@}

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Thank yu, David, but that wassent just a bit of fun, yu know; Grayum even let me borrow his teachering hat fer it.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Meanie, yes, I'm shor yor VERY smart.





Fer a dragon.

;@)

Shrink wrapped scream said...

Oh, dear.

I don't have anything that says "body" in there.

Mind you - I still can't even fathom how to upload a piccy on to my profile.. sigh.

You are far more clever than me, lil' bear. x

athreena said...

Dear Mr. Bear,

Thank you for explaining this for us not-a-bears. Some time ago, I had a peep into your site code (I'm brand new to blogging), because you had this nice background thing and I liked it. (All credits and my gratitude goes to you- I nicked the technique only). It's just so funny that you did a tutorial only shortly after that:)
Looking forward to more beariness!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Athreena,

THat's cool! I'm happy if I waz abol to help!

Bob :@)

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Shrinky,

OK, leeve it wiv me. I'll do sum investygaytin an see wat I| can do...