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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How To : Add 3 Column at bottom Blogger?

We are going to add some columns to our Blogger Footer. If you're using one of the Blogger default templates, you've noticed that in your Footer section, you only have a horizontal Add a Gadget element that has the same width like the Blog.

 
We can do better. Let's start with adding 3 columns in the footer, and place the default one on the bottom.


 
Advantages:
► you can place more widgets (gadgets)
► rearrange them as you want
► your main content area will load faster if you place your "biggest" widgets on the bottom

Ok, let's do this. This time, you'll just have to Copy-Paste. It's a 7 min job. Before you begin, do back up your template (1 minute).

1. If you already have some widgets (gadgets) in the Footer, remove them:
LAYOUT ► check if you have gadgets in the footer ► if you do, click on Edit and ► Remove

or, just "drag" them in the Sidebar. You'll get them back in place when you integrate the Footer columns.

2. Go to LAYOUT ► EDIT HTML ► and locate the following part of the code:
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..ABOVE it, you'll have to place the following part of the code:
#footer-columns {
border-top:1px dotted #999999;
clear:both;
margin:0 auto;
}
.column1 {
padding: 0px 5px 3px 5px;
width: 30%;
float: left;
margin:3px;
text-align: left;
}
.column2 {
padding: 0px 5px 3px 5px;
width: 31%;
float: left;
margin:3px 3px 3px 5px;
text-align: left;
}
.column3 {
padding: 0px 5px 3px 5px;
width: 30%;
float: right;
margin:3px;
text-align: left;
}
.addwidget {
padding: 0 0 0 0;
}
#footer-columns ul {
list-style:none;
margin:0 0 0;
padding:0 0 0;
}
#footer-columns li {
margin:0;
padding-top:0;
padding-left:0;
padding-bottom:.25em;
padding-right:15px;
text-indent:-15px;
line-height:1.5em;
}
body#layout #footer-columns {
width: 100%;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
}
body#layout .column1 {
width: 32%;
float: left;
}
body#layout .column2 {
width: 32%;
float: left;
}
body#layout .column3 {
width: 32%;
float: right;
}
...that's the CSS style for our new Footer section. We'll talk about customization (colors, borders, backgrounds, headings...) in the other tutorial.

3. Now, to add some containers. In your LAYOUT ► EDIT HTML ► locate this part:
...you will DELETE it, and REPLACE with this code:
...Save template.

Basically, that's it. It works for the templates with different width, because the columns are fluid (made to stretch to fit the footer-container width).
Some margin adjustments may be necessary for the wider templates.

Next time is a fun part - customization.

1 comments:

Suraj Girhepunje said...

what is in 3 rd step
what to find and replace?

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