general troubleshooting + template-related FAQ

Many answers to common questions can be found in the general FAQ.

HOW DO I LOG INTO MY BLOGGER ACCOUNT? I DON'T SEE THE BLOGGER NAV-BAR ANYMORE..
Explanation here.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE COLOR OF MY BLOG TEXT, POST TITLES, ETC.?
Directions here.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE HOVER (MOUSE-OVER) COLOR OF MY POST TITLES OR NAVIGATION MENU?
See link just above.

MY BLOG LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN THE PREVIEW SITE LOOKED (DIFFERENT SIDEBAR CONTENT).
Remember, any sidebar content that appeared on the preview site - or on the sample templates - is just sample sidebar content. It will be up to you to add all of your own sidebar content after the new template is installed.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE ADDING LARGER IMAGES.
The tutorial I provide for uploading larger images will only work if you're using the "old editor" version of the post editor, selectable under Settings / Basic. Also: mine is just one set of instructions, for one method - there are other methods that may be easier for you, and other sets of instructions across the web for accomplishing this trick.

If you're having trouble following my own instructions, definitely see if you can't find clearer ones - or an easier method - for you, online. I really know of no other way for me to be any clearer in my explanation of how to do it, than what I've posted here. And please remember, I provide all of these tutorials as a courtesy.

IS THERE A WAY TO CHANGE THE DEFAULT SIZE OF IMAGE UPLOADS?
None that I know of, no. For now, anyway, if you use my method of upsizing your images, each individual image has to be pre-sized then stripped of its height/width size tags. But you're welcome to explore the net for an easier method!

BLOGGER NAVBAR (bar at the top that says "Customize" and "Next Blog" NOT APPEARING.
Explanation here.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS OR SITE METER ACTING WEIRD (STATISTICS DON'T SEEM RIGHT).
The code for your Google Analytics or Site Meter will need to be added back after installation of the new template.

WONKY FONTS OR COLOR SETTINGS.
Explanation and instructions to fix this here.

UNABLE TO REMOVE PADDING BETWEEN NET./FEED BUTTONS.
Make sure you're using the "old editor" version of the post editor, which you can select from Settings/Basic.

NOT SEEING "ALIGNMENT: NONE" OPTION.
Make sure you're using the "old editor" version of the post editor, which you can select from Settings/Basic.

WANT BLOG LINKS TO LAUNCH NEW PAGES
As best I know, you cannot individualize links in your sidebar link lists or blog rolls to launch as new pages. You can use the target="_blank" trick (see the middle of THIS page for an explanation) for menu links and links in HTML/JavaScript gadgets, but I'm afraid I don't know how to do that for individual links in link lists.

TAG CLOUD NOT APPEARING.
In order for your tag cloud to appear properly, you need to have at least one label applied to more than one post. Also, make sure you don't have any punctuation in any of your labels.

SIDEBAR "JUMPED" TO BOTTOM OF PAGE
Make sure you haven't posted anything in your main column or sidebars that is wider than those columns can support. In other words, if your main column is 610px wide, don't post images that are 630px wide. Likewise, if you have a sidebar that's 150px wide, make sure the things you post there (images, buttons, etc.) are no wider than that. More details here.

POST SIGNATURE NOT APPEARING.
Your post signature will only appear on posts composed after the signature was installed.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE NUMBER OF TWEETS SHOWING?
See step #10 here.

BOX APPEARING AROUND POST SIGNATURE.
If you have any kind of image borders, you'll need to add a small bit of code to "frame" the code of your post signature under Settings/Formatting. Directions are at the bottom of this page (where it says "IMPORTANT").

I'M A CLIENT, AND I'D LIKE TO CHANGE X ASPECT OF MY PURCHASED TEMPLATE MYSELF - HOW DO I DO IT?
Please see Post-Installation Modifications portion of my terms & conditions.

I'M NOT A CLIENT, AND I'D LIKE TO CHANGE X ASPECT OF MY OWN BLOG TEMPLATE, MYSELF. HOWEVER, I CAN'T FIND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE X MODIFICATION IN THE FREE TUTORIALS YOU'VE POSTED. DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH SPARE TIME TO PUT ASIDE YOUR PAID PROJECTS AND WRITE UP SOME INSTRUCTIONS FOR ME, FOR FREE?
I sure don't.

BLOG LOOKS DIFFERENT ON CERTAIN BROWSERS..
Cross-browser incompatibility can cause some minor elements of your blog to look different, depending on browser - things like underlining not appearing correctly, or hover effects not manifesting, or fonts looking different. I cross check all templates in the latest versions of Firefox, IE, and Safari, but I can't always control every tiny detail for all three browsers. If something looks off to you, first make sure you're on the most updated version of your browser. If you'd like me to change the fonts on your template, cross-check (across multiple browsers) how these fonts look to you, and select one that you like the look of, no matter the browser.

FAVICON NOT APPEARING.
See above. In particular, Internet Explorer can be a pill about displaying favicons correctly. Try restarting your browser or clearing your cache. Occasionally, for whatever reason that mystifies me, a properly installed favicon will fail to display in one browser, but appear correctly in the other two. If yours is one of these lucky ones, I'm happy to refund you for the cost of it - but I'll need to remove the favicon code entirely (which means that no one will see it, including those using browsers that do display it).

BLOG LOOKS WEIRD AT WORK.
Some workplace computers have firewalls in place that can make your blog look wonky (a sidebar appearing larger than normal, etc.). Sometimes it's because that computer's browser isn't updated, and sometimes it's because of inter or intra-networking limitations. Unfortunately, there's no way I can address whatever that issue is without being on that computer. If it's essential to you that your blog look the same on every computer, let me know, and we'll find a new template for you.

SEEING WEIRD PENCIL/WRENCH ICONS ON BLOG.
Those are "quick edit" icons, which allow you clickable access to your blog and sidebar widgets. Only you can see them, as well as the extra white space around them. But if you'd prefer to disable them, you can do so via Layout / Blog Posts (just uncheck the box that says "Show Quick Edit Icons".

MISCELLANEOUS PROBLEMS.
If something's wonky with your blog, 99.9% of the time it can fixed by clicking "Revert widget templates to default" under Layout / Edit HTML (the link is down below the code box. It's sort of the catch-all fix it. Doing so won't affect any of your content, and it won't erase any of your sidebar elments/widgets, either. However, it will reset some of the deeper settings of your template, and remove your Twit This! icon, numbered comments, tag cloud, and revert the styling of your post title/footer section to the "factory" styling.

If you're having a problem with your blog that you can't figure out, just ask me to take a look. If it appears to be something faulty through my own mishandling, I'll take care of reinstalling the above accessories for free. However, if the problem appears to be due to a change you've made yourself, there will be a $15 charge to add back the above accessories and special touches.

WEIRD PHOTOBUCKET LOGO APPEARING ON MY BLOG.
If you see a Photobucket logo appearing suddenly on your blog, it means that one of two things is happening.

1. Photobucket is performing routine site upkeep/maintenance (typically in the middle of the night). You'll know this is the case if you see the Photobucket logo and a phrase like "We're Doing a Little Work Right Now ... Your Image Will Be Back Soon" or "Site Maintenance ... Your Image Will Return Shortly".

Just wait a minute or two and click refresh, and all should be good. (Photobucket supports A LOT of information - if they didn't do site maintenance every so often, everything would crash.)

2. A pattern or an outside-hosted image (such as an icon or image title) has failed to load for some reason, possibly because of exceeded bandwith.

If this happens, go to Design / Edit HTML, and scroll down until you see this bit of code:



Delete the entire highlighted code to disable the background. If you have multiple background patterns/images, scroll down until you see any other URL addresses applied as backgrounds, and delete those lines, as well. Then just shoot me an email and I'll figure out what's up.

I've never once had a single problem with my image hosting or had this occur, but I want you to be in control of your blog just in case.

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