FAQ





What blogging platforms do your templates support?
Do you design formal websites, or design for Wordpress?



How does this work?
What fonts can I choose from, for a customized template?
I'd like the post layout changed; is this possible?
I'd like the template layout changed; is this possible?
I'd like to combine one or more template; is this possible?
How do I install my new template?
How long does it take to fill my Ready Made template order?
What forms of payment do you accept?
I don't have a PayPal account - can I mail you payment?



Will I still be able to add new sidebar content with one of these templates?
What's the difference between a Rainy Day template, and one created using Blogger's Template Designer?
Will previously published posts, images, or comments disappear when the new template is installed?
Will I be able to change the format of my date stamp? Say, from December 1, 2010 to 12.1.10?
Will I be able to change the format of my post footer content? Say, from "labels" to "categories", etc.?
How do I post images in a larger size, to fit the template I want?
Can I still add the LinkWithin script to one of these templates? (the "You Might Also Like" boxes)
Can I still redirect my blog to a custom domain with one of these templates? I don't want the .blogspot tag in my URL.
Will you take care of redirecting my blog to a custom URL for me?
If I already have LinkWithin or Google Analytics added to my template, will it still be there after installation?
Will you add Google Analytics to my blog?
I use Disqus for comments; will those comments transfer over to the new template?
What items can I include in a navigation menu?
The sample template I like only has four menu titles. I need five.
How do I use the blockquote feature?
Why do I need a Photobucket account?
Can I host my images somewhere other than Photobucket?



Can I change the pictures on the Evelyn template after installation?
Can I change the pictures on the Penelope template after installation?
Can I change the picture on the Catherine template after installation?
Can I change the picture on the Charlie template after installation?







What blogging platforms do your templates support?
The templates are for the Blogger (.blogspot) publishing platform only. Your blog can always have a custom domain name (such as rainydaytemplates.com vs. rainydaytemplates.blogspot.com), but it has to be hosted ON Blogger. If you don't sign into your blog through blogger.com, I can't help you.

Do you design formal websites, or design for Wordpress?
Nope and nope, I'm afraid. I've really gotten attached to Blogger's simplicity and flexibility - this very site is a Blogger blog, in fact. I've heard complaints about the difficulty/complexity of the Wordpress platform, and seen hosting problems with WP blogs. Blogger is simple, fun, and FREE!

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How does this work?
Simply choose the template you'd like, decide if you'd like it just as it is or customized with new colors and fonts, then follow the link to the payment page. I'll get in touch ASAP and collect the information/materials I need from you to get started. If you've ordered a ready made template, I'll create a header for you to approve and ask for your Blogger/Photobucket sign-in info, to get you set up. If you've ordered the template with customized colors or fonts, I'll show you a full mockup of your choices before installation.

What fonts can I choose from, if I order a Custom Colors and Fonts template package?
You can choose from any of these for your header, pagination titles, and any matching sidebar titles (note: matching sidebar titles are an optional extra). Here are the web-safe fonts you can choose from for the blog body (post titles, sidebar titles, text, etc.). If you find something else free on the web that I can download, there's no charge for that. Or, if you'd like me to purchase a particular font to use on your blog, I can do that, too.

I'd like the post layout changed; is this possible?
Yup, usually. Feel free to shoot me an email before placing your order, to make sure I can do what you have in mind.

I'd like the template layout changed; is this possible?
Yup, usually not a problem. If it's a simple matter of widening/shrinking columns, that's a very inexpensive tweak I can make easily. Just let me know what you have in mind when you place your order - or fire me over a question beforehand if you'd like.

I'd like to combine one or more template; is this possible?
Yup, I can usually do Frankenblogs. Shoot me an email describing what you have in mind; I'll let you know if I can do it, and if there would be any additional cost.

How do I install my new template?
I'll take care of that for ya. I'll just need your Blogger sign-in info (email and password) and about ten minutes to get you set up.

Once we start, how long does it take to fill my order/complete my project?
Once I receive your Ready Made template order, please allow 3 to 5 days to hear from me. From there, we should get you set up within just a few weekdays. Templates ordered as is (no changes of color or font) will obviously take less time than those customized with new colors and fonts. Additional options (things like matching sidebar titles, etc.) and multiple revisions will extend the turnaround a bit - but it's still a fairly quick process.

After we begin, it's always helpful if you can consolidate all of your questions and suggested revisions into as few emails as possible.

What forms of payment do you accept?
PayPal only (you can pay with a credit card, a debit card, or a check - and you don't actually need a PayPal account to use their payment system).

I don't have a PayPal account - can I mail you payment?
You don't actually need to have a PayPal account to use their payment system; you can pay by credit card or check, as well. But I do occasionally make exceptions and allow clients to mail me payment, if they have a PayPal phobia for some reason.

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Will I still be able to add new sidebar content with one of these templates?
Yep. You can add new content as you like, and drag/drop it around your layout, under the Design/Page Elements tab.

What's the difference between a Rainy Day template, and one created using Blogger's Template Designer?
When Blogger introduced their Template Designer, they removed the "front end" color and font options, and replaced those with a selection of generic, but somewhat modifiable designs. My templates are based on the original HTML code (what Blogger now calls the "Old Templates", seen below your layout's code, under the Edit HTML tab). My templates do not use the Template Designer, and are not compatible with that option. In other words, if you'd prefer to use the new Template Designer for your blog, I can't, say, add a cute background, or customize your post layout, etc. If you use one of my designs, you'll have control over certain features (the cute, fun stuff), but you won't be able to easily widen/shrink your layout columns (as you can with the Template Designer).

I urge new bloggers to check out Blogger's Template Designer, and see whether they prefer the options it offers to those that my templates offer.

Will previously published posts, images, or comments disappear when the new template is installed? What about sidebar content?
Nope, all of that will transfer right over.

Will I be able to change the format of my date stamp? Say, from December 1, 2010 to 12.1.10?
Yep; you can make that change under Design / Page Elements, by clicking the Edit link at the bottom right of the Blog Posts box.

Will I be able to change the format of my post footer content? Say, from "labels" to "categories", etc.?
Yep; you can edit the phrases used for "labels", "comments", and "posted by" from Design / Page Elements. Click the Edit link at the bottom right of the Blog Posts box, and then make whatever changes you'd like.

How do I post images in a larger size, to fit the template I want?
There are instructions for uploading larger-sized images to Blogger across the web; there's also one in my own tutorials section. Depending on what version of the post editor you use (which can be selected under Settings / Basic), you may find one or another method easier. The method I use (which requires use of the old editor) involves resizing the image, uploading it to your post, then stripping the height/width size tags.

Can I still add the LinkWithin script to one of these templates? (the "You Might Also Like" boxes)
Absolutely. If you're familiar with how to add JavaScript, you can add LinkWithin to your template's code.

Can I still redirect my blog to a custom domain with one of these templates? I don't want the .blogspot tag in my URL.
Yep, and it's a snap to do so, from Settings / Publishing.

Will you take care of redirecting my blog to a custom URL for me?
That's not actually a service I offer at this time, no. But it's really quite easy to do so, from Settings / Publishing - you can purchase the domain name right from Google, in fact.

If I already have LinkWithin or Google Analytics added to my template, will it still be there after installation?
The LinkWithin script should survive, but I can't guarantee it; there's a chance you may have to add it back afterward. Google Analytics will not.

Will you add Google Analytics to my blog?
I don't offer that service at this time, no.

I use Disqus for comments; will those comments transfer over to the new template?
You'll actually need to re-add the Disqus script after I install your template; the comments will reappear once you do that.

What items can I include in a navigation menu?
I've got some handy information about navigation menus right here.

The sample template I like only has four menu titles. I need five.
No worries. Just let me know if you need a specific number of menu links in your navigation menu; I'll include that number when I install the template. There are also instructions in the tutorials section for adding a different number of menu links on your own.

How do I use the blockquote feature?
Just click/drag to highlight the text you'd like blockquoted, then click the quote icon up above the composing window.

Why do I need a Photobucket account?
Virtually all of the templates feature graphics which must be outside-hosted. This means that when visitors come to your blog, these images are "dialed up" from another source. Due to the large number of blogs I install, I cannot host everyone's graphics myself.

Photobucket is free and very easy to set up; once you have an account, you'll just need to provide me with your sign-in info, and I'll take care of uploading all of your graphics for you upon installation.

Can I host my images somewhere other than Photobucket?
I do ask clients to use Photobucket, since that's where 99.9% of my images and clients' images are stored, and I'm most familiar with their format. Flickr is for photo sharing only, not graphics storage.

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Can I change the pictures on the Evelyn template after installation?
Short answer: no. The Evelyn has two header portions (the top title and the bottom photos) divided by a navigation menu. The bottom photo section is added as HTML, so it isn't something you can just pop pictures in and out of. However, I can switch out your images for you a $10 update fee. Please note that if you think you'll want the upper title section of your header changed at some point, you'll need to pay for the file saving option (an additional $10), either at the time of your purchase or prior to installation.

Can I change the pictures on the Penelope template after installation?
Short answer: no. The header section of the Penelope is a finished .gif image that combines both the blog title and the photo next to it. That photo isn't a separate element you can change pictures in and out of. However, if you think you might want to update your header at some point, you can purchase the file saving option ($10), so that I can easily update your header down the road with a new picture. Header updates are $10 each.

Can I change the picture on the Catherine template after installation?
Short answer: no. The header section of the Catherine is a finished .gif image that combines both the blog title and a photo (the photo isn't a separate element you can change pictures in and out of). However, if you think you might want to update your Catherine header at some point, you can purchase the file saving option ($10), so that I can easily update your header down the road with a new picture. Header updates are $10 each.

Can I change the picture on the Charlie template after installation?
Yep. The header photo of the Charlie is uploaded directly to the header from Layout. If you'd like to change it yourself after installation, just make sure to size your photo to 930px wide.

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