Way to go Webtalks for creating and sharing the 3 column template, and a lot of other amazing templates!! Thanks so much! If you would like to see the sample blog I have with the 3 column template, click here or on the image below. The header is 750 x 213 pixels (72 dpi).
Step 1 – Download the blog template
Step 2 – Save the template
I like to make a new folder for whatever I’m working on. I made a folder I named Blog Templates in My Documents for easy retrieval.
Step 3 – Upload Template
Before doing anything to your blog, BACKUP your current template. You can learn how to do that HERE. That way if for any reason, you are not satisfied with the results, you can always reinstall your old template. Go to CUSTOMIZE/LAYOUT/EDIT HTML, and select BROWSE on the Upload a template from a file on your hard drive. Find the Minimawhite.xml file you downloaded in step 1.
Step 4 – CAUTION
If you have a lot of widgets (and your blog is older) you may need to save the widgets or be able to reinstall them. I installed the 3 column template on a blog that did not have a lot of widgets, so it was not a problem for me to just add them back (like my hits counter, etc.). Sometimes, non-blogger codes are the ones you need to be sure to save. If you have Feedburner, or any widgets like that, make sure to click on the HTML and save each. On the hits counter, make sure to save the number of hits prior to adding the template so you can just put the number in when you add your hits counter back.
Step 5 – Scrap your 3 Column Template
Here is the template, if you would like to scrap your background page for your 3 column template. Just click on the template below for the actual size. The template is jpg because I work in MS Digital Image Pro, and the png’s are always flattened for non MS DIP users.
The header is the same, or you can make it longer, and more narrow. Click HERE for Header instructions, and HERE for original blog background instructions. Just understand the template sizes have changed since the original instructions to accommodate screens with higher resolutions.
The template I created is a 1680 x 1050 with the 768 pixels in the “middle.” The template looks a bit off center, but I constantly uploaded and tweaked the papers to fit my columns. You may need to do the same.
I will update FAVICON information next week.