Brand new look – and blogger sucks!

Yes, welcome to the brand new look. I did it mostly for getting more real estate on the page. On my older template I was forced to use the hard-coded widths because the borders on the post pages and on the sidebar were images rather than being true borders. So I was able to stretch the containers but I could not make the images look aligned.

So I created a test blog, and practised some modifications (huge thanks to Firebug extension – helped me a lot in CSS nonsense) and finally I got what you see. There may be some kinks, but I think I have cleared most of the issues and it seems to be ready to go.

Now, on to why I think blogger sucks. I made all the modifications to the template on the test blog and once I was done with those, I decided to change my template on this blog. I made a copy (in notepad) of some of the javascript pieces I had added outside of the defaults and picked a new template. After picking a new template I made the modifications to the color scheme and all that, and switched some of the stuff from one sidebar to the other. All looked ok in terms of arrangement, but a lot of my widgets especially HTML/Javascript ones were empty!

Some of the stuff that I had put in, was a one-time thing that I did not even remember how to do it! How to do it? I started thinking hard about how to do it – looked for the backup files from my old blogger template and could not find it.

Guess what helped? Google cache! Yea, google cache. Just like I had used it when I moved from classic to new blogger, I had to use google search, open my blog from their cache, view page source and reverse engineer some of my widgets. Phew, after some careful (and unnecessary, if you ask me) manipulations, I *think* I am back up.

Blogger sucks because they did not transfer my widgets as they were. They should not have me jump through such hoops just to move from one template to another. I understand if I have made changes in my template, but not for widgets.

But in any case, this is a new start. Let’s hope I am able to put some more stuff for my readers in the newly acquired real estate.


8 thoughts on “Brand new look – and blogger sucks!

  1. RPM says:

    @rajesh: Yea, it does! I was tempted to do it as soon as I saw some other blogs implementing a similar look but never got around to doing it. Finally, I gave in this weekend. πŸ™‚

  2. blog does not work on my IE6 @ work. It shows only blog title without any data. May be your CSS ‘style’ is unrecognized by IE? Not a biggie (for me), have firefox handy πŸ™‚

  3. RPM says:

    @samir: Thanks for the update – unfortunately, I do not have IE6 on ANY of my computers :-(Maybe I need to go to my client and request an older image πŸ˜‰

  4. RPM says:

    @samir: I did something – spent some time looking up google for help on IE6 CSS crap. I had to put position: relative in some of my containers and cross my fingers it would work because this switch was sort of one-way street :-)Glad it works. I think it still has some issues at the top – the post titles have no background color, and the first widgets on the left and right sidebars do not show background color. Is that true?

  5. RPM says:

    @spm: Yes, I agree. I loved the rounded corners, and to a certain extent, the empty spaces around the edges. But I needed real estate and the only way to do it was to stretch. The problem with the older template was that the rounded corners were images and I had to end up updating those images, which ended up being hairier than replacing the template. Hence, here we are. πŸ™‚

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