Well, I must say ONE SIZE FITS MOST since there are always exceptions to the rule! SURPRISE! SURPRISE! I learned that the background is not about the monitor size, it’s more about the resolution size. You can find out your computer resolution size by taking the following steps (Windows XP):
1. Go to Control Panel
2. Click on Display
3. Click on Settings
According to stats about half of web users have a 1024 x 768 monitor, and almost that many have a 1680 x 1050 screen resolution. Here’s the way to optimize your web appearance to the maximum!
The template I created is a 1680 x 1050 with the 1024 x 768 in the middle. The template also has a grid on it, which are in one inch increments. When I uploaded into my test blog, the Navbar came just below the 1 in the grid. The outer gray is the area for higher resolutions, and the center block is for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768. The black and gray “inner margins” are set for Blogger MINIMA.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE TEMPLATE, NOT THE ACTUAL TEMPLATE. CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE PHOTO FOR THE ACTUAL TEMPLATE.
Here is the ONE SIZE TEMPLATE LINK:
Scrapbook Flair uploads images full size.
When uploading in Photobucket, upload the layout under "Reduce to:" click the drop down and select "1 megabyte file size"
then save the DIRECT LINK.
Recommendations: Scrap the center block using borders that you like, then scrap the outer gray block to make for attractive viewing for those with larger screens.
Finally, click here for original instructions on scrapping your blog background.
Also, please make sure the DIRECT IMAGE LINK or URL is the same size you want. You need to right click on the image and check the properties BEFORE adding the background to your blog. Many photo hosting sites give you web size when you download the image.
To check your image, put the direct link you receive in your browser and hit enter. You will see your image on the web.
Here are some sample screen shots I received:
I received from Bree.
It has a resolution of
1280 x 800. My blog
background doesn’t fit
perfectly because of the photos I put on the far left. RECOMMENDATION: Don’t put photos in the “outer edges.”
This screen shot
is on a 19” screen
but must have a
screen resolution of
1024 x 768 because
the main part of background is centered perfectly on her screen.
Olga sent me this
wonderful screen shot
on her 22” flat screen
(I’m jealous…LOL) and
the resolution is a
1024 x 768. Olga,
please forgive me I don’t have your blog site to post, so please send it…thanks!
Also thanks to Haven Layouts
for sharing this screen shot.
This 19” monitor almost
shows the entire image.
Now, here’s a screen shot from Leonie at Tatty Lover’s Blog.
She is always so sweet and
shares a lot of blogging tips
with me. She has a 17” flat
screen monitor, but with the
same 1024 x 768 resolution. She
also has a cool translator button
on her non-English blog, and it turns everything to English. WoW! Thanks so much for everything Leonie.
And I want to send a big SHOUT OUT and thanks to Steph,
who worked tirelessly
I was so surprised to
learn about screen
screen size, it literally surprised me. I think Bree was trying to tell me that all along…hee hee!
Thanks so much for all the responses! I hope I didn’t miss anyone!
I know this is a long post, and I hope you were able to hang in there with me. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!