Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ramani's New Blogger 3 column fixed width Neo template

NOTE: Before you edit or change template, make sure you backup your curremt template PLUS Page Elements. Refer to Backing up current template PLUS Page Elements before changing new template

Ramani of Hackosphere came up with what he described as a lightning-fast Neo template with which a visitor can navigate the blog very fast because when he goes to a new page, the entire page wouldn't reload. The sidebars stuff wouldn't reload while only the post and comments are displayed immediately. Also, new comment is displayed before the old comments (the other way around from the standard New Blogger templates) and the comments are divided into pages of 10 comments each, making a huge difference in blogs which received many comments.

However, Ramani pointed out some limitations like for bloggers who display AdSense ads will receive very few impressions (plus if that is true, the ads would not change with the content of the post, which will lead to less relevant ads). However, he says he will come up with a solution for that.

Update 5 May 2007: Someone commented that the whole page reload and not just the main column, as you can confirm with the demonstratin blog Gizmos and Gadgets. I did mention above that Ramani may do something about it because AdSense user may not be happy with it and that he may do something about it. He must have already done that, but didn't update the post and mention the alteration. I think I will try to contact Ramani to provide 2 versions of his Neo template so that his visitors will get to choose.

I have used Ramani's Neo template for this blog: Gizmos and Gadgets and I have AdSense ads in it. Ramani must have made modifications to overcome the limitations mentioned above because whenever I surf to a new post, the sidebars reload and new AdSense ads are displayed. You can test this out for yourself by surfing to different posts of the blog.

Ramani used to require USD10 for the template, but has now kindly made it free for everyone. If you want to use the Neo template, surf over to Neo for everyone. You will see a link "Download the Neo template" somewhere in the middle of the post. Right-click on the link and select "Save link as ..." (This is for FireFox. Wordings will be different browsers but will be similar), and download it to a place in your computer which you can locate easily when you need it.

Note: See update below

For instruction to backup your current template and upload the new Neo template, refer to Backing up the current template and changing to a new template.

BTW, this Neo template is a fixed width template. If you are viewing Gizmos and Gadgets with a wide screen (1024 x 768 screen resolution), you will see the content extending almost the whole width of the screen. If you want to observe how a visitor with a small screen (800 x 600) view the blog, type or copy-paste

javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600)

into the address bar of the browser and press the ENTER key. The window will resize to 800 x 600 and part of the right side of the content will be hidden, and you will see a horizontal scrollbar at the bottom of the page. To see the hidden part, you will have to scroll horizontally to see it. This may discourage visitors with small screen from visiting the blog again, and if a significant percentage of your visitors are using the 800 x 600 screen resolution, you may want to consider using other templates such as the one I am using for this blog (this one uses Ramani's Minima template as described in New Blogger 3 column templates modified by Ramani of Hackosphere (click BACK button to get back to this page.

The reasons why I use this template is because Statcounter tells me 5-20% of my visitors are still using the 800 x 600 screen resolution (you can get this from the "System Stats"). Other reasons are stated here: What is the best template for your blog. If you are worried about small screen visitors, you may also consider fluid width templates where the main column width will adjust to the visitor's screen resolution in such a way that the whole width of the blog is displayed. You may find fluid width templates at New Blogger 3 column templates modified by Charlemagne Stavanger.

More New Blogger templated


New Blogger template modified by Stavanger
Dots New Blogger template with Header
New Blogger templates modified by Ramani
New Blogger templates by Isnaini
New Blogger templates by Thur
New Blogger template by Final Sense
New Blogger templates by BloggerBuster

Update 18 July 2007: Got an alert from Ramani of Hackosphere which I will just paste here as I have no time to check:

"Yes, it has happened. And they didn't even inform me before doing this. That's why bvibes.com is down and Neo template doesn't work. Don't ever host with A2 hosting. I am going to show them the middle finger and move back to Yahoo.

Neo users can pickup the entire Neo script from here, add it to your template and be happy. It will take some time for me to move over the bvibes database and code. So, it maybe down for a few more days. I really don't want to host with them anymore."

Note: If you have any problem, just add a comment.

15 comments:

  1. I need some advice for a good template on http://securevista.net, im using blogger beta and cannot seem to find a good template..

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  2. Hi defcon,

    That is a difficult question to answer as it is so personal. Some people cannot stand the "empty space" on both side of the screen of this blog when viewed with a large screen. Some people like a lot of graphic and colors, etc. Maybe the easiest way to answer is to first state what I like. See What is the best template for your blog. That is from my perspective. Yours may be different.

    Perhaps it may also help for me to point out the various templates avaiable. The posts below will have links to demonstration blogs and links to where you can get the template:

    New Blogger 3 column templates modified by Charlemagne Stavanger
    Dots New Blogger 3 column template with Header
    New Blogger 3 column templates modified by Ramani
    New Blogger 3 column templates by Isnaini
    New Blogger 3 column templates by Thur
    Ramani's New Blogger 3 column fixed width Neo template

    Hope you can find a suitable template from any of the above.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  3. Will i lose the content of my blog if i changed from a 2-column to a three column? i am scared! Help!

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  4. Hi Stephie,

    You will not lose any posts, comments. What you may lose may be customization that you have done like AdSense ads, blogroll, hit counters, hacks. etc. However, if your are using the old classic template, you can make putting back the customization in by backing up the template, and copy-pasting the relevant scripts into the relevant places in your new template. For New Blogger, you can edit each Page Element, save the content, and put them back in after the change of template.

    If you are doubtful, you can always start a test blog (very easy to start a new blog with Blogger) and test uploading with the new template to see what you would and wouldn't lose.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  5. Forgot to add, if you are doing a test blog, to quickly add content, you can use copyright free articles from
    http://articlecity.com/
    http://www.ArticleBazaar.net
    etc.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  6. I think you got a great blog!! Thank you for that. I'm definitely going to add u to my favorite :)
    I hope you can visit my blog at Thaer Money.

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  7. i found your blog through hackosphere. great one you've got here! the writing is very simple and the instructions are easy to follow. kudos!

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  8. Peter, I checked out the Gizmos and Gadgets Blog. The whole page reload and not as what Neo supposed to be(which is only the post page reload.

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  9. Hi FLSam,

    I did mention that AdSense user may not be happy about the sidebars not reloading as no new ads relevant to the new content will be shown (no new impression and the same ad as before is shown instead. It was mentioned that he may do something about it, and most likely he had done that but didn't update the post. Perhaps if sidebar not reloading for fast refresh time is important to you, you can try to contact you with the old template.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  10. Hi Peter,

    Can you please guide me as how to remove the space that is between the right sidebar and the border of the body.

    If u can see the left sidebar where it says About Me, the sidebar title touches the border

    But if yuo look at the right side bad where it says Blog Archive, there is some space. Can you please guide me how to remove that space

    Hope i explained well.

    Thanks in advance
    Regards,
    Moses.

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  11. Hi Moses,

    I didn't have a profile in the demo blog Gizmos and Gadgets, but I added one in. I don't see the problem.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  12. Firstly thankyou for ur reply.. really nice of you..

    im sorry i did not post my blog
    http://sapbasischapters.blogspot.com/

    the right column has a space between the border and the yellow color background... can that be fixed.

    Thanks You
    Regards,
    Moses

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  13. Hi Moses,

    You comment in this post is refers to the Neo template, so I thought the template you use is the Neo template. I surfed over to the site which URL you gave and it appear to me that it is a Denim 3 column template modified by Stavanger. Further, the blog appears OK and I don't see any problem.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  14. Thank you peter.. sorry for the trouble.. god bless

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  15. I just want to thank you, Peter,for posting a lot of useful tips for new bloggers like me. I'll be back here a lot more to get help from you. I just want to show my appreciation for what you are doing. I even subscribe to your site, and made a link to your site in one of my posts from my site: http://liverichdreams.blogspot.com/
    Again, Thank you.

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