How to create a blog template
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The best thing about creating a blog template is that you can go absolutely crazy trying to personalize the regular blogging website layouts. With blogging becoming an extremely popular way to interact and reach out to people and at the same time, publish more about oneself, creating individualized templates could be fun. To create a good blog template, one does not need to be a computer wizard, as just a basic knowledge of certain software and an imaginative mind would suffice. A good blog template highlights the contained text and is aesthetically pleasing and often ‘cool’, but it should never arrest attention to itself. However, that still does not mean that you can’t radically change the way your blog looks, or customize it so that it says more about you. Also remember, it is easier to monetize a well-decked up, cool looking blog.
- Specialized software
So let’s get started. Creating a blog template involves designing and customizing an already existent blog layout. To do that, you need to have access to certain graphic editing software (Photoshop, GIMP, Adobe Indesign or even MS-Paint) to generate headers, post backgrounds, side panels etc. Once you have the primary idea of how your blog is going to look, its easy to get start personalizing using C.S.S (Cascading Style Sheets). Start the framework using entries like
Body [background-color: #000000; margin: 0 auto; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Times New Roman, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} #title [font-size: 32px; color: #000011 ;}
If you don’t want to crate a theme from scratch, chances are you would find one of your intended designs or something close over the internet. Just copy any theme to the C.S.S and edit it accordingly to save time and effort. After putting together all the important pieces in C.S.S, you need to convert them to HTML format to make them usable. It is important to know that most of the themes and template you’d make would be through a trial and error method. There can be no theme which might be the best theme for you.
The primary unit of blogspace is the widget. Widgets are generated using typed codes. One could either personally create widget codes by typing them down, or one could just copy a sample code from any website. These codes are the ones that actually enable widget processes like author statements, comments sections, times, dates etc. to get the codes from existing blog templates, click on the ‘Expand Widgets Templates’ button, and navigate to the style sheet of the template. Once you get to this step, creating one’s own template is fairly easy.