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30 December 2007 @ 02:59 pm
S2 Flexible Squares - Cerulean  
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Step by Step Instructions on How to Use the Layout

1. Go to your Customize page.
2. If you are using S1, switch to S2.
3. Under "Select a New Theme", type "Flexible Squares" in the Search box.
4. Click "Apply Theme" directly underneath the first search result.
5. Scroll down to "Choose a Page Setup", and click "Apply Layout" under "2 Column (sidebar on right)".
6. Click the button that says "Customize Selected Theme".
7. Click "Sidebar" on the left. Here you can decide what you would like to be displayed in the sidebar. (The text on top of the layout) You can choose any number or combination of these to be displayed. Remember, to customize the links, click "Links List".
8. Click "Custom CSS" on the left. Change "Use layout's stylesheet(s)" to No. This is extremely important!
9. Copy and paste the following into the custom stylesheet box and click "Save Changes":

10. Go to your Manage Profile page. Under Bio, add the following:



Commonly Asked Questions

How do I add a header?
Add this at the bottom:

.headerimage {
position: relative;
margin: 0 auto 0 auto;
width: ###px;
height: ###px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-image: url(URL OF IMAGE HERE);

Change the height and width tags to match your image. You'll need to upload your image to the internet. I suggest tinypic.com.

My entries are starting halfway down the page!
You have a wide image somewhere. Go lj-cut this, and it should work. If not, try decreasing the width of #maincontent by a few pixels.

Can I edit the colours, etc.?
Sure, if you give me credit for the base code!

My layout looks all messed up?!
99% of the time, making sure you have set "Use layout's stylesheet(s)" to No will fix this.

Can I have my default userpic show up?
Sure, just find this:

.defaultuserpic {
display: none;

And replace it with this:

.defaultuserpic {
position: relative;
float: right;
margin: 0 10px 3px 10px;
background-color: #F7F7F7;
padding: 5px;

(It actually looks rather nifty... I'd suggest doing this. I automatically hide it because that's what a lot of people prefer, but really folks, try this out!)

What if I don't want the sidebar on the top? Can I have the layout without it?
Yep! On your main Customize page, find "Choose a Page Setup" at the bottom. Click "Apply Layout" under "1 Column (no sidebar)".

I'm not really a big fan of the opacity switch. Can I delete that?
Aww. Sure, no problem! Just find and delete the following from both #sidebar and #footer:


I have a Plus account. What can I do about the ads?
On the Style page, clear the section "Background color of the outer table". You can change where the ads are placed on your Customize page. Both Between Entries and Horizontal placement work, Vertical will NOT work.

If you have any questions concerning the layout, feel free to ask. Also, PLEASE comment if you decide to use this! Thank you.

Credit to the amazing famfamfam for the tiny icons!

As a side note, I'd like to mention two things. First, please, I beg of you - use Firefox to view this layout! It's not that it doesn't work in IE, but only in FF can the full shininess truly shine! Or, at the very least, use the latest IE version to enjoy the fun opacity-changing top bar. On another note, I can honestly say this is one of my favourite layouts I've created up to this point. I tried a few things I've been meaning to do, figured out how to fix some bugs that had been annoying me, and customized to the utmost of my abilities! I hope you all enjoy it, and thanks so much for supporting this community!
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(no subject) - presents on December 30th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Zoëelectrocutes on December 30th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this! Adding to mems.
Dev: JackandRose- Last Kisslockhartislove on December 30th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome Layout..saving it.
But can I ask what the dimensions would be for the header if I want to put on in? I always have trouble figuring that part out. Thanks!
Emily: polka dot grinpresents on December 30th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
The width is set by percentages, not pixels, so things will change a bit depending on the browser. However, around 756px should be pretty good.

Edited at 2007-12-30 09:21 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - lockhartislove on December 30th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - presents on December 30th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lockhartislove on December 31st, 2007 12:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
the joannimal.: Retract •° Sayuriresound on December 30th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous.

Most definitely using it in the future.
Sophieprinsesseboon on December 30th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
adding to memories for later use. gorgeous :)
my name is jonas: music: gerard way.dramaish on December 30th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Adding to mems. It's very pretty!
we live rent-free on loyalist land: &} when i grow uptwentyfivepast on December 30th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I love this layout so, so much. I'm grabbing it, and I'll probably use it soon. Thank you so much!
Catnap69catnap69 on December 30th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
adding to mems to use for later. It great though XD
mr. s; condiments whore extraordinaire!radarsparks on December 30th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
This is very nice! Will definitely use it in the future.
loq, struck. and wonderbread burning: here kitty kittyneurotica_hello on December 30th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
i think i might use this...and considering that i've had my current layout since i joined livejournal, this is saying quite a bit.
Alyssa: ze+vh: my office glows all night longcrazyover on December 30th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
This is amazing.
saving it to mems, will for sure use it in the future.
dreamsofstars on December 30th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
This is so gorgeous!
exohexoh on December 30th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
using. this is very nice :)
Mechellebarilace on December 30th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
LOVE THIS. It's my favorite color. :)
notsobouncy on December 30th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)

I'll definitely be using this in the future. =)