Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Guest Post and GIVEAWAY! {Useful Tips on Spiffin' Up Your Blog} from Royal Daughter Designs

Hey y'all! I'm Amanda, nice to meet you. Of course, we haven't really met until you've introduced yourself. So head on over to my blog and say hi!


First of all...how awesome is Kylee? Her smile totally lights up her blog, no? And it makes. my. day. when I click on over to Sincerely Kylee and see that smiling face! I'm truly honored to be here today!

Today I'm going to teach you two blogging tricks that will help spiffy up the look of your blog. And if you're extra nice, I'll throw in a little prize at the end.

1. Remove the shadow around your images
There's just something about the shadow around images that bugs me. I don't know what it is. Sometimes it really detracts from the image - you know the ones: there's a great photograph (you kind of wonder if the bought it on istockphoto or somewhere) and boom! Right around that image is the tacky little shadow that surrounds all your other pictures. 


Don't be offended, y'all. I've never stopped following a blog because they have shadows around their images. Really. I just personally feel that when you remove the shadow around your images, your blog takes on a whole new sophisticated, chic, and professional look.

So who's with me? Here's what you do.

Log in to blogger.
Click Design

Click Template Designer.

Under Advanced scroll all the way down to Add CSS. Don't worry - just 'cause it says "advanced" doesn't mean you've gotta be a rocket scientist when it comes to blogging. :)

Add the following code:

.post-body img
{
padding: 0px;
border: 0px;
-moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
-webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
}







And click "apply to blog."


That's it! You're done!

2. Center your blog buttons.

Whether they are sponsor buttons or places to party buttons – if they’re on your blog's side bar they can easily be centered, giving your blog a more polished and sophisticated look.

First of all, did you know you can put all those buttons in one gadget? That will save you a bit of space, so you might want to do that.  Either way, to center your buttons click on the HTML gadget so you can edit the coding. Enter the following code immediately prior to any other coding:

<center>

Enter the following code immediately after the code:

</center>

Click save. Now isn't that just way too simple? To give your blog an even more polished look, group your buttons together in like-sizes.



So do you want a bonus trick? Well of course you do!

5.      3. Fix Your GFC Box

We all know it happens. You find a new blog that you l.o.v.e. and you decide to follow. (Secretly hoping they’ll follow you back, right? I know that’s not just me!) You glance over their page for the “follow me” button, but it is nowhere to be found. *Refresh Page*. Ah, there it is. Stupid blogger.

Well, that annoying little quirk can be fixed with just a simple code addition to your blog template. In the interest of full disclosure, I learned this trick from Abbie at Five Days Five Ways. So go show her some love and tell her I sent you!

Log into your blogger dashboard and click design.

Select edit HTML


Search for this code:

</title>


Immediately after </title> insert the following code:

<script src='https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js' type='text/javascript'/>

Click Save Template

There you have it! You shouldn’t have any more problems with your GFC followers disappearing! 

Well, that's all I've got for you folks! If you have any questions you're welcome to e-mail me at royaldaughterdesigns@yahoo.com. I'd love for y'all to connect with me online as well:

Now since y'all were so well behaved, I've got a little goody for you! One lucky winner will win a $25 design credit to Royal Daughter Designs! With that you can:

Get a free Pre-made Design
Get a Premium Pre-made Design for $20
Get a Custom Design for $30-$100

Or use the credit for a la carte items! To enter:

Mandatory:
Be a public follower of Sincerely Kylee & Royal Daughter Designs via GFC (one entry)

Bonus Entries:
Follow Sincerely Kylee and Royal Daughter Designs on twitter (one entry)
Like Sincerely Kylee and Royal Daughter Designs on facebook (one entry)
Be a public follower of my personal blog: DAES of Our Lives (one entry)
Tweet | Facebook | Blog about this giveaway - one entry each (be sure to tag us)
Leave a comment telling us your favorite design (one entry)

That's up to eight ways to enter!!
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283 comments:

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GurleeGirrl said...

I follow both Sincerely Kylee and Royal Daughter Design Blogs.

GurleeGirrl said...

I follow Sincerely Kylee and Royal Daughter Design on Twitter.

GurleeGirrl said...

And my favorite design in The Michelle.

Megan Berkey said...

I follow both blogs via GFC =)

Megan Berkey said...

I am following both on Twitter - @MeganBerkey

Megan Berkey said...

I 'liked' both on Facebook.

Megan Berkey said...

I am loving the Vera premade design =) Soo cute.

Lover of Dance xox' said...

I am following both of your blogs!

Lover of Dance xox' said...

I liked both of your Facebook pages!

Lover of Dance xox' said...

I am following both on you on Twitter! (LoverofDancexox)

Lover of Dance xox' said...

My favourite design is the first one on the page with premium premades!!

Aimee Lee said...

I follow both blogs!

Martina said...

ohhh that was an awesome blog post!! and you know i'm following:))xoxoxoox

Aimee Lee said...

I follow DAES of Our Lives

Aimee Lee said...

I follow you both on twitter :)

Aimee Lee said...

I like you both on FB

Nay said...

First of all, this is just the right type of post I needed today! I've been wanting to re-design for a long time.

I follow you both!

Nay said...

and...I'm happy I found your personal blog - I'm the newest follower there

the hollie rogue said...

i follow SK and RDD---how do you fix GFC in wordpress?

the hollie rogue said...

i follow Daes

the hollie rogue said...

i like RDD and SK on facebook (andrea sponsler)

Lyss said...

i follow both blogs on facebook.

Lyss said...

i follow both blogs on GFC.

Lyss said...

I blogged about the giveaway on my blog
www.thepursuitofus.blogspot.com

Lyss said...

my favorite design is "who goes there".

Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com said...

i follow!!!

Cerrisse said...

I follow both blogs :)

Cerrisse said...

I follow Sincerely Kylee on Twitter.

Cerrisse said...

I follow Royal Daughter Designs on Twitter.

Cerrisse said...

I follow Sincerely Kylee on Facebook.

Cerrisse said...

I follow Royal Daughter Designs on FB.

Cerrisse said...

I follow Daes of our lives blog.

Cerrisse said...

Tweeted this giveaway

http://twitter.com/#!/ciecie85/status/129241463866404864

Ashley@Heart2Heart said...

I follow sincerly, kylee and Royal Daughter Designs via GFC

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I follow sincerly,kylee and royal daughter designs via twitter

Ashley@Heart2Heart said...

I follow sincerly, kylee and royal daughter designs via facebook

Ashley@Heart2Heart said...

My favorite design done by royal daughter designs is the vintage shine shop...so beautiful and my style

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