Saturday, September 15, 2012

How The Heck Did You Do That?? -Blogger Tips and Tricks #2

My first Blogger Tips and Tricks post received such a positive response that, I have decided to make this a monthly feature. I know sometimes html codes and blogging in general can make you feel like you've just taken a trip in the Tardis..but my wish is to make it as simple as possible for you. 

 1. Placing Images Side by Side on my Blog.

This is a simple way to place them side by side. 
Access the HTML side of your post and type the following code:

<td><img src="URL IMAGE OF PHOTO 1" width="180" /></td>
<td><img src="URL IMAGE OF PHOTO 2" width="180" /></td>

In the highlighted blue area you will need to place the web hosted URL of your image. You can use photobucket(this is what I use and it's free), flickr etc to house these images. What?? how do I do that?? It's easy, download image desired to your computer. Set up account with web-based photo shop such as Photobucket. When you are logged on, upload picture from your computer by selecting upload and following directions. Then click save and go to your albums. Under photo you will see direct link, copy and paste that url into the red area above, repeat for second image. In the blue area select the width you want the photo to be.

2. Want them to have clickable links????

(go on click on them) 

Use this code in HTML:
<center><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
<td><a href="paste link url here"><img src="paste image url here" border="0" /></a></td>
<td style="padding-left:10px;"> <a href="paste 2nd link url here"><img src="paste 2nd photo url here" border="0" /></a></td></tr>

  • To add to your post, go to html side of compose and copy and paste this code into post. 
  • copy and paste the link site URL in the red area.
  • In the blue area copy and paste your image URL. Remember it must be an image stored online, for example photobucket or flickr. (be sure and size them the same)
  • Repeat for each image.  
  • The 10px  is the distance between images and you can change that number to suit your needs. 
Here is the code I used for my #Fraterfest side by side images to give you an inside look:

<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td><a href=""><img border="0" src="" /></a></td>
<td style="padding-left: 10px;"><a href=""><img border="0" src="" /></a></td></tr>

4. Can I do more than 2 side by side images? 

Yes you can, for more images, simply add more code surrounded by  <td style="padding-left:10px;">  and </td>.  Make sure you add them before the tag </tr>.

  • <td style="padding-left:10px;"> <a href="paste 2nd link url here"><img src="paste 2nd photo url here" border="0" /></a></td>

5. Can these codes be used in my side bar?

Yes, just be sure to re-size images to fit width of your sidebar. On blogger, go to add gadget and use html code. Copy and paste the codes we used above.


1. Commenting on other blogs:

Be sure to set up accounts with all comment systems that include a link to YOUR blog. (ie. comment luv, blogger, disqus, worldpress, twitter.) I get comments and would love to reciprocate..but if I cannot find you easily I cannot comment. 

I know it's a pain, and I know it takes time to set up profiles but you will see an increase in comments to your me. Choice a user name and icon to use for all profiles. This will make you recognizable!!! You can use the same password to make it easier to remember. Add your blog and twitter link to this profile. Market yourself everywhere you go. 

2. Images in your side bar 

To all the bloggers with pictures in your side bars that hang out over the can use photobucketflickr etc to re-size those images to fit within the sidebar. You can also resize your side bar by customizing your template. For blogger, go to template, customize, adjusts widths and play around with it, till you get the look you want.

Good Luck and if you have a, tweet or facebook message me :)

If there is something you want to learn about or need advice on 
email me and I will try and include it in an upcoming post. 

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At July 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM , Anonymous Bookluvrs Haven said...

WOW you have a few of these posts. Awesome. I am going to spend some time exploring your tips. Thank you so much for all the information!!

- Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven

At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Angelas Anxious Life said...

HOLY SMOKES! I had a whole blog post on my blog about how to get the dang pictures to be side by side and no one could help me!! Thanks for this... it is a BIG help!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At July 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM , Anonymous Michelle@ Book Briefs said...

I am loving this series of yours! Especially the side by side comment thing. I need to re-do my blog roll page ASAP!! :)

Thanks for sharing these great tips!


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