Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to widen your blog in Blogger

Normally if people change the width of the blog (outer wrapper), the width of the sidebar (sidebar wrapper) and the width of the posts column (main wrapper) also have to be changed because if the blog is set too wide then the distance between the sidebar and posts column will look very far.

How do I widen my blog in Blogger? It's easy but you need to be careful. The first step is go to your dashboard and click on "Layout" after that click "Edit HTML" and your HTML column page will appear.

Edit HTML PageBefore proceed the next step, it is strongly suggested that you make a back-up copy of your template (to create a back-up copy you can click the "Download Full Template" link above the existing HTML column). If you do something which you do not like or know how to fix you can always upload your template and go back to how you originally were.

create back-up copy of blog templateWhen you are at Edit HTML page scroll down your template until you come across the outer wrapper. It looks like this;

#outer-wrapper {

To facilitate the search, you can press Ctrl + F on your keyboard, enter the code in the field provided and the browser will help you to find it. After that, change the width of your blog to the size you want. The red numbers as i illustrated below are the numbers that you have to change. The outer wrapper must have a higher number than the main wrapper and sidebar wrapper together. Outer wrapper is the layer that contains all the content of blog including header.

#outer-wrapper {
width: 950px;

Hit preview and if everything went well you will see the changes on your blog. If you want it more narrow or wider you can change the numbers. Dont forget to click "SAVE TEMPLATE" when you're done.

How to widen your blog

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