Thursday, January 27, 2011

Template Designer: How to increase entire blog width beyond maximum

The new Blogger Template Designer has made it very easy to change overall blog width as well as the width of the main column and the sidebars. All you need to do is to sign into Dashboard, click DESIGN > TEMPLATE DESIGNER > ADJUST WIDTH and you will be provided with sliders to drag and drop to whatever values your heart desires, then click APPLY TO BLOG to save the new settings (see screenshot below):

Not only that, you can view the result of your selected changes below and if horrified by your changes, just click RESET WIDTHS TO TEMPLATE DEFAULT. (Note that while there is no slider to adjust the width of the main column, it would be indirectly set by the overall width - whatever width you have set for the sidebar)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Windows Live Writer table plugin

For many bloggers creating HTML tables are a nightmare, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that all changes with ComputerJy's free Windows Live Writer (WLW) table plug-in.

I've been using this table plug-in for sometime now and I can guarantee it does an excellent job. The options far exceed what

Friday, January 14, 2011

Reminder: Backup your blog with Blogger's Export function

Because is free, spammers have abused it thus forcing Blogger to use robotic programs to detect and delete splogs (spam blogs) as well as violation of Blogger's Terms of Service (TOS), but unfortunately the possibility of false positive (legitimate blogs wrongly identified as splog) is ever present. Every now and then we get plea for help and this recent one is typical:

"I had put a lot of time and effort into this blog over the years to have it just taken away. If I cannot get it restored, is there a way to at least get my content? I am just heartbroken over this."

Now Blogger has set up some procedure for such unfortunate occurrence as described in How to recover blog deleted as splog or TOS violation, it is best to take a bit of time to backup your blog using Blogger's export function. By doing so, you would not only be saving the blog posts for any eventuality, but also the comments.

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to delete label enmass

Deleting labels en mass was found to be not as straight forward as I had expected when I had to occasion to do it when I labeled by mistake all posts at this Damansara Uptown Directory that I administer with a label I didn't want so thought it is a good idea to lay out the steps here for the record and for those who may need them when the occasion arises.

To delete a label en mass, sign into Dashboard, click EDIT POSTS.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Easily create tables with Windows Live Writer

Hard coding the HTML for a table is very tedious, but here is an easy way to do it. Go download Windows Live Writer and install it into your computer as I have found with this test post Blogger versus Wordpress Comparison that Windows Live Writer is a good tool to simplify publishing tables.

(Writer is part of Windows Live Essentials. You can download just Writer or all of Windows Live Essentials. Windows Live Essentials 2011 includes Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, and Windows Live Mesh, plus Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft OutlookHotmail Connector and Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger).

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

How to resize embedded video using GIMP

Update: For embedding Youtube video, you can do the resizing at itself by either ticking one of the 4 size option (560x340 640x835 835x505 1280x745) or by clicking CUSTOM and typing in your choice of width while letting Youtube automatically fill in the value for the height to keep the aspect ration constant (see screenshot below). However the method described in this post will still be useful if you want to resize other video embed codes or similar:

Method of resizing video embed codes while keeping aspect ration constant

Irfanview which I used as a convenient tool to help resize Youtube video wouldn't work with MAC. The alternative using calculation to resize Youtube video is also a problem for some, so this post will explain how to use GIMP to help with resizing Youtube video to fit your blog sidebar or main column or whatever. (Note: Youtube video can also be resized/customized direct in Youtube website too to be covered with another post)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

How to link to a location in different page

The previous post explain how to link to a location in the same page. In summary, it would be as follows:

The hyperlink HTML is written as

<a href="#key">some text</a>

where key is any text you would like to use as the key, and the location to which you want to link to is preceded by

<a id="key" name="key">>/a>

To link to a location in a different page, it will be almost exactly the same except the #key will now be preceded by the URL of the page to which you want to link to so it now become

<a href="URL#key">some text</a>

For example, the URL of the previous post is (permalink shortened using Google URL shortener)

Thus, I write the hyperlink HTML as

<a href="">some text</a>

As I have used as the key "#linksamepage".

Try clicking and see where it takes you.

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