Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to sign your post with graphic signature

1. create your signature with a graphic editor
2. save that graphic signature in your computer
3. write a new post and upload your graphic signature
4. publish the post (you save it as draft later)
5. Edit the post in the Edit HTML mode and get the picture address (URL) as shown here:
6. copy the picture signature URL (the part highlighted in red below) then go to
Dashboard > Settings > Posts and Comments
and in the POSTS section and after POST TEMPLATE click ADD as shown in the screenshot below:
Blogger post template

7. In the box for the post template, type this img tag to display your graphic signature:
<img src="your picure address (URL) as highlighted in red above" /> or as shown in the screenshot below:


8. Click orange SAVE SETTINGS at the top right

Creating a graphic signature

For this task, you can either use an online graphic signature maker like this onlinesignature.in. I tried this out and it was easy involving steps:
Step 1: Type signature
Step 2: Select font
Step 3: Select color
Step 4: Select font size
Step 5: Select font slope

How to get the picture address (URL)

After uploading your graphic signature, edit the post in the HTML mode and look for a bunch of codes like the one below. If these codes don't look familiar to you, don't worry. Just focus on the part after src=" and ending " /> as highlighted in red below:

<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7bhWxIpRMY0/UtZ9FFKGAwI/AAAAAAAAAzk/eDsoZNQXU2Q/s1600/Peter+Chen+signature.png" imageanchor="1" ><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7bhWxIpRMY0/UtZ9FFKGAwI/AAAAAAAAAzk/eDsoZNQXU2Q/s320/Peter+Chen+signature.png" /></a>

Friday, January 10, 2014

No blog in Blogger Dashboard but logged into right Blogger account

There had been reports in the Blogger Help Forum that bloggers have been presented with a Dashboard with no blog listed.

I myself had experienced the same thing while definitely sure I was signed into the right Blogger account. The screenshot below showed no blogs, only reading list in the Dashboard although clicking the download arrow at the top right showed I was logged into the right email address:

Signed in but no blogs in Dashboard

If you found no blogs in your Dashboard, what you should do is to visit one of your blogs while logged in and if you can see the quick edit orange pencil icon Blogger quick edit pencil icon and the wrench and screwdriver icon , then you can be absolutely sure that you are logged into the right account.

So if you want to get into the Blogger Dashboard to do something, just click on the orange pencil icon on one of the post to get to the post editor of that post, close the editor and you will be in the Dashboard of that post and you can get to the Dashboard for the whole Blogger account by clicking on the Mr. So & So's blogs, and you will then see the list of all your blogs.

Another way I found I could get around this problem is to use a different browser.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

BLOGGER - How to change template

First, log into www.blogger.com (Dashboard) and click the down arrow near the orange pencil icon as shown in the screenshot below:

Dashboard down arrow

Dashboard > Template
Then at the top right hand corner you will see a tab BACKUP/RESTORE



and you will see a pop-up:

Backup or restore template popup

First, it is wise to first backup your template before you make any changes, so click DOWNLOAD FULL TEMPLATE then save the xml file in your computer where you can easily find it again.

Now assuming you have the new template in xml format save in your computer, click CHOOSE FILE
Then select the file from your computer, then click UPLOAD and it is done

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