As a result of this redesign, many old posts have gone all to ehell. Examples:Fobcomics), but my history's been uglified. I can, perhaps, get rid of the right margin (or smaller it), but are the advantages to the past worth it?
One big problem with a narrower content space is what to do with larger images (I'm not sure what I'll do tomorrow with the Preseason results, which were intended to be quite wide indeed).
Particularly those of you with narrow-content blogs yourself, what do you do?
ps: should I keep the front/rss tabs uptop?
I'm not happy with the narrow contraints; some of the templates have left me feeling a little boxed in. I'm not sure what measures you're willing to take but this is what I've done. Although you would not necessarily have to go as drastic as I did, you might find a slight tweak improves the backward compatibility.ReplyDelete
In the code for your template there are four places to look:
Increasing the values in these places will increase the width of your blog. Care needs to be taken that you maintain proper ratios. The header wrapper and outer wrapper need to be the same value. The main wrapper and sidebar wrapper values should add up to about 10px less than the value of the outer wrapper. This will allow for space between your columns.
I don't know if you consider mine a narrow-content blog or not. I've widended it a bit from the blogger standard so that I have 520px of content space (780px overall). If I want to post something that gives me trouble, I photoshop it down a bit.ReplyDelete
Of course, most of my image content is self-generated so it's no big deal to just resize the canvas.
I use the same method N.D. describes.
Adjusting things for the present and future isn't a problem (although I sometimes get my math wrong in tests); I actually want narrower columns than the past. I just hate having the old pictures chopped off; I would rather they just spill over.
I don't know enough to help with backwards-compatibility, sorry.ReplyDelete
In answer to your other question, though, I think the placement of the tabs is good. It's nice to have those easy to find. I hate having to hunt all over the page for the feed link when I want it.
Here's something that made me giggle a little... Your situation got me interested in finding out if you could code your template to allow oversized images to hang outside of the template. I did a search in google using the terms "blogger template large images hang". Google returned a list of websites including one that detailed how to hang pictures. So, although I have not found an answer to your situation, I have a better understanding of how to hang pictures.ReplyDelete
Personally, I would just shrink images down to fit and link them to larger versions.ReplyDelete
Also, I was going to say that I expect anyone savvy enough to use RSS is savvy enough to use the feed icon in the location bar, but apparently Adam disagrees. So there we are.
I don't use feeds, so I really can't say (and which is why I had to ask).
I do disagree, even though I agree that anyone savvy enough probably should know how to use that.ReplyDelete
While I know about it and have used it a couple of times, I tend to forget about it when I'm at a page I want to get a feed from. Maybe because I don't add new feeds to my reader all that often. I just don't look at the location bar much unless I'm typing in it.
I wondered why you'd need the RSS links. I do all my subscribing to pages through the bookmarks tab since I use firefox. I do like having thfront link, though.ReplyDelete
I'm starting to feel this is too hermetic. Need....more....color.....
I like the new look. I'm easy.ReplyDelete