May 14, 2009

What is wrong with my background?

There comes sometimes requests that could I change the width of the background, specially the width of the middle part. Somebody wants to get it wider, that they could add larger images, or somebody wants to get background narrower, cause you could not see the whole background on your monitor.

But I have to tell you, that the backgrounds them selves have nothing to do with those widths. All widths have been defined in the html code of your blog. On the upper picture is 2 column regular Minima, and then the width of the header and outer wrapper are 660 px. This won't change if you change the background, you could put there what ever background and still the width remains the same. If you want that middle part wider, you must change the width of those wrappers on html code.

But, if you change the widths wider, then the background for 2 column regular minima doesn't fit anymore.


In this picture you see the 3 column Minima, where the widht of the header and outer wrapper have been changed from 660 px to 880 px.

So the background image has nothing to do with the widths of your blog or how you can see it on your monitor.

If you design your own background you must be ware of these widths, and make the design fit to your chosen template. Or if you choose ready made background, you must choose the right size for you template.

Unfortunatelly on some monitors, you can't see the whole background, specially with 3 columns it might be that the you can only see the middle part of the background image, and the sides are not seen at all. That you can't correct with changing the background, only thing you can do is change the resolution of your monitor.

And remember also, that the way you see your blog, is not neccesserely the way the others see it. What ever widths you use on your blog, the way it looks for the others depends on their own monitors. If the template is centered, like in most of the cases, the main content on your blog is seen to everyone, but the sides can be seen differently.

If you are not sure, how your blog looks on different monitors, you better check your blog on different computers, or ask somebody take the print screen of your blog and show it to you. Or if you want, I can also send you two different print screens and show how I see your blog, just leave the link to your blog and email address to comment box, and I will send you the print screens of my computers.

And feel free to ask anything about the backgrounds and templates, I'm happy if I can help you to get your blog look great!


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45 comments :

  1. Great info!! I grabbed a header!! Your button is on my sidebar....Thanks

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  2. http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.comMay 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    I follow you now!!

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  3. Thank you for such lovely blog backgrounds.
    Have a beautiful day!
    Sandra

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  4. HI! I wrote a post about you on my blog and I'm using one of your blog headers now. Your site is fabulous...thank you

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  5. oh I can't begin to thank you enough. My blog was so plain and boring and then I found your site. you are so talented - thank you so much for sharing your work so freely.
    I have changed my blog to one on your amazing designs and given you the full credit in my posting about it.
    Thank you so much.

    Ann xxx

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  6. Val, so lovely to hear from you and wow, what an awesome looking blog and your art for sale in prints on the side, beautiful. You are fantastically gifted with the flowers and dragonflies. I have been on an eye candy visit. Thank you!
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    I know where your coming from, they are so interesting. Know more and are so themselves. Lovely to cuddle! Thank you for sharing this, it was such a breath of fresh air to read, you have made my day.
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  7. Have a LOVELY weekend!!!

    You inspire me SO much..!

    : )

    Hugs, Jenny

    <3

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  8. A very big thank you for such lovely backgrounds, and you have explained it so well.
    Your link is now on my blog.

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  9. Thank you everyone for you lovely and inspiring comments. :)

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  10. What a great visual boost you have given my blog. I am now using one of your backgrounds and your link is on my blog. Thank you. Check it out.

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  11. heyya. i love those infos. anyway, how to make a three columns blog??

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  12. Ludid
    Thank you, I'm so happy if you have found something for you. :)

    Miss Kiminggo
    Thank you, and I have a tutorial for making 3 column blog:

    http://blo64rt.blogspot.com/search/label/How%20to%20change%20to%203%20column%20Minima

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  13. HI! I have a question! I've used one of your wonderful free backgrounds on my blog. The link button to your site seems to have chosen to rest right smack in the middle of my current post. How do I move the link button to a different spot. Thanks for your help!
    Hugs, Sue K
    (thank you so much for your wonderful backgrounds)

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  14. Hi Sue Krei

    Thank you. And there is two thing you could do.

    1. Change your blog template to Mimima, all these backgrounds work best with that.

    2. If you don't want to change the template, erase last image url away from the code, then the link button will disappear.

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  15. Hi! I change my blog lay out every month. I make the banners myself and this month I added one of your beautiful backgrounds, thanks for that!

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  16. I found your information very useful. I think you should also consider talking about type fonts, though. Times New Roman is awful for viewing on the web. Verdana, Tahoma are both crisper, less busy fonts and easier to read.

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  17. Anonymous
    Thank you, and you are right, fonts could be really something to talk about. I will make post later. :)

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  18. LiLi M
    Thank you, and changing is always so refreshing. :)

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  19. i like ur website. thanks for this comment posting...
    more templates easy to download

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  20. Wonderful!I learnt a lot from your blog!Can you give me some advice on my blog?My blog is :
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    www.time-died.blogspot.com

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  21. also, when i view my blog on AOL, the screen is cut off a little bit. but when i look at my blog on firefox, the whole picture is shown. thought that was weird.

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  22. Good day to you! I found your blog through Lani Puppetmaker's blog and am so happy to see all of the information you have posted. I am an artist; however, not a graphic artist. I would like to place a background on my blog, but am hesitant to do so as I am not that knowledgeable about changing things. The last time I decided to change colors, I (by error) clicked on white and lost (thought I lost) all of my posts! A good soul directed me to change the color and all was well! Would you kindly look at my blog and make any suggestions for placing a background? I used one of my paintings for the header. Thank you. Barbara (Basia is Polish for Barbara).... http://basia-spiritspace.blogspot.com//

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  23. You sweet, beautiful artist: can you walk me through the steps to reducing your background so I can see more of it? I read the tutorial, but I don't know how to see what my resolution is, or how to adjust .... I am trying to use the forget-me-nots, but only see very little of the edges. I am using Yahoo pagebuilder in geocities.

    thanks for any help
    elena
    egm96@yahoo.com

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  24. I was just reading about the different sizes of the columns and I really would like you to email the different sized ones to me. I've always been very confused about this and, of course, I want it to look great to others. Thanking you in advance. I'm going to email you my link and address.

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  25. Hi
    Fantastic website you have ive used one of your backgrounds on my own website.
    Many beautiful pages you have and thanks for all the good advice you can find on your page. I am a female Danish ultra runner who uses my webpage ifht.min training and konkurrancer.
    best greetings made by Tina

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  26. im so thankful to have found your site!!! can you tell me at all how to make a background in paint shop pro, i have a picture of some fabric ive dyed that i would like to have down the sides similar to were you have the patterns???

    xx

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