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December 13, 2003

chameleon blogs: get with the color change!

hey Tiff, this is for you: I read your comment asking me for a little help with blog maintenance. I'd be happy to help you, but I fear my IM on my home PC doesn't like me, so any correspondance will have to be through comments or email.

Let me try to explain the color change thing...
Go to blogs.setonhill.edu and log yourself in. Hit the "templates" button on the left side of the screen. That'll bring up a list of templates--the one you want for color changes is the "stylesheet," which should be the last one. Click that. Now, copy and paste what is in the scroll box on the screen into a word document JUST IN CASE. If you screw it up and don't have anything to replace it with... I'm not sure what would happen, but I'm sure it can't be good... To change the colors, you've got to know the codes for the new colors. I had a great site to use, that I couldn't find yesterday when I wanted to change colors again, so I found this one: http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_colors.asp

In the HTML, the numbers like 666 and 003366 are the colors used in the default, which is the set of colors you're displaying right now. To find ALL the numbers to change, use the command CTRL + F (find) and type in the number code of the color you want to change. When you click on the "find" button, the number should be highlighted within the HTML. Click onto the MT page to re-highlight it and replace it with the color of your choice. (The most efficient way to do this is obviously copy and paste.) The easiest way to change colors would be to play around with it for awhile. Certain things in the HTML will change different aspects of your blog. Since I don't know everything about HTML, I've just sort of figured out some of the things and what will change if I play with it. You should, too.

To see what you've done, you have to save the changes in MT and then REBUILD your page. Refresh your page and look at what you've got. Sometimes when you think you've created something beautiful, it's actually really crappy or difficult to read--make sure you check! We want to be able to read what you write. Think not only about what looks nice on the screen, but also consider how you'd feel innocently pulling up a page that was neon yellow to have your retinas burned out due to the glow from the screen... just a thought ;)

hope all that helps.
Happy blogging :-D

Posted by KarissaKilgore at December 13, 2003 11:25 AM


Thanks Karissa! I appriciate it!


Posted by: Tiffany at December 13, 2003 4:18 PM

no problem dear :) I hope it works out for you.

Posted by: Karissa at December 13, 2003 7:46 PM

Karissa, thanks for the very helpful post. If you get the chance, please post this to the NMJ blog, and file it under "FAQ". (Thanks also for the offer you made over on my blog.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 13, 2003 11:46 PM

sure thing--I had thought about it, but I had to get off and let mom use the phone... *argh* dial-up bites. :-/

Posted by: Karissa at December 14, 2003 1:26 PM

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