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19 April 2009 @ 10:20 pm
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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 left)".
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. You can choose any number or combination of these to be displayed. Remember, to customize the links, click "Links List".
8. Click "Text" on the left. Then click "Commments", and change "Link text to leave a comment" to + and "Link text to read comments" to #. Do the same for friends view.
9. Click "Custom CSS" on the left. Change "Use layout's stylesheet(s)" to No. This is extremely important!
10. 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 change the width?

Just find these lines:

#content {
width: 100%;

And change 100% to a lower percentage until the layout is the width you would like.

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.

I decided not to change my comment text and now the comment links are overlapping the entry?

Find this:

.comments {
color: #f2f2f2;
text-align: left;
background-color: transparent;
padding: 0 0 5px 0;
margin-left: -105px;

Then, change -105px to a higher negative number until the links are where you want them.

I chose not to show my default userpic and don't have many things in my sidebar, so I have some extra white space.
Just find and delete this line:

min-height: 110px;

Can I not have my mood theme image show up?
Sure! Just add this:

.currentmood img {display: none;}

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. I would suggest either placing the ads Between Entries or Vertical.

If you have any questions concerning the layout, feel free to ask. Also, PLEASE comment if you decide to use this! Thank you.
hoidraconianfreak on April 20th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I like this a lot -- it's very clean and simple, since I'm not a big fan of messy and complicated layouts. Saving to mems, good job!