Monday, April 28, 2008

How to Change your Blog Background - Wallpaper






The first step is to find the new wallpaper or background you want to use. I have posted some more free samples below. I use google to find free options and I have also scanned pretty paper to make backgrounds myself. On google I use the terms "floral background" and "textured backgrounds" and "wallpaper" to bring up lots of pretty options. You can also search by color.

1 - Download your desired wallpaper to your computer with a .jpg name.

2 - Then Upload the .jpg image to the server of your choice. I use Auctiva.com (it is free and works for ebay too)***The codes for the blog template will need to access this new image from an online source.

3 - Once you have uploaded your new image to the server of your choice, copy the complete url (name) of the wall paper.

4 - Log into your blog. Click the "Customize" link at the top, then the "edit html" link after that.

5 - You will see all of the html codes (scary I know) for the blog template you currently have. You are looking for the codes called "Default settings". It is relatively near the top. Just browse the codes until you find it.

It looks like this:

/* Defaults----------------------------------------------- */body { margin:0; padding:0; font-size: small; text-align:center; color:$textColor; line-height:1.3em; background:#8E9D69 url("http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata_Your_New_Wallpaper.jpg") repeat;}

6 - The code for the wallpaper is in quotes, within brackets (underlined above), beside the category "background." Delete the existing url and replace it with the new image (name from your server). You copied this name/info in step three. Now you need to paste it into the html codes.

7 - Important: There is a preview button at the bottom of the "edit html" page, so you can see how the revised template will look. If you like what you see click save. If you do not like it press "clear edits" and you can try again (no harm done) with something else.

Have fun with it !

11 comments:

Counting Your Blessings said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'M SO EXCITED that I actually did it all by myself!! There's no stopping me now! Thank you so very, very much!! Blessings... Polly

Charmingdesigns said...

And where were you last mo. when I needed help???lol. I finally had someone do it for me.lol. now I want to try the boarders. Nice wallpaper you put on!! Thanks bunches! Laurie

Karen said...

Sorry Laurie, this is my sleeper blog LOL. If you guys need to reach me about switching colours please send me an email!

Glad it worked for you Polly!!! and thank you for the great banner!!! I should post a link to your Free Blog Banner site. Then we would have it all covered :)

Karen

Kari & Kijsa said...

Karen,

GREAT POST! We had someone else work on our website...but this is so helpful!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Counting Your Blessings said...

I wanted to let you know that lots of people have been asking about changing backgrounds and I refer them all over here. Thank you, again and again!! Blessings.. Polly

bella shabby said...

Thanks for the post - I haven't tried it yet but you make it look easy. Sue

DUTA said...

Thanks for the instructions. Haven't tried it yet ,but I intend to.

Colette George said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have been blogging on blogspot but am wanting to make this change and a few others but have been afraid of losing my blog by making the changes. You've made it so much less intimidating, I can't thank you enough!
What can I do for you? I'm a decorator and designer, is there any advice I can give you?
Colette
Colette

Hailey said...

I can't seem to figure it out. First of all I don't understand how to work the auction website and then I can't find the defualt settings in my HTML. Sorry if I'm just being slow, but I really want to get it right. Your blog is so cute and I would really like to give mine a makeover!

adamhbl said...

thank you very very mach

Margie said...

This is really exciting to find. But I have a question: would Shutterfly be considered an image server? I'm a little confused about where to upload the background.