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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Removing Yourself, as Administrator, or Being Removed, from a blog.







I saw a question on the Blogger Help Forum, this evening, from a blogger who has lost Administration control of his blog. Naturally, he was upset and wondering what to do.


In a situation like that, Helpers have, basically, only one question, and that is: "Do you know anyone else who is an Admin on the blog, who could re-instate you?" The answer is normally "Yes" - but, will that person?

Therein lies a situation - Only have co-Admins on a blog whom you TRUST!

Therein lies another question. "If you have more than one Admin, how did you get removed from the blog?" Answer - either you removed yourself, or the other Admin removed you!

Now, to remove yourself is easy. Go to the Settings - Basic screen, to the 'Permissions' section, and either change your Status, the remove yourself, or delete your name.


The Slow Way - gradual death by in-descision - will I, or won't I? Changing your Status from Admin to Author, is slow and tension filled. You get there in the end, but why?












Ta dah! Your gone.



The Easy Way - "a sharp knife cuts cleanest" - Simply click on the small 'X' next to where it says 'Admin' and ZONK - you're gone. Now that would be a lot easier for you - AND - a lot easier for some other Admin to take over your blog! Think about it.



REMEMBER: If you want to get out of a blog, do it, and do it PERMANENTLY.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Adding an Image as a Header, on your Blog









The first thing you should do, when adding a header image, is find out how big it needs to be, by knowing how wide your blog is! The second thing is to remember that a huge image will slow down the loading of your blog, which is annoying, to some readers. So keep it reasonably sized.


Finding out the width of your blog is easy. Just navigate to the 'Theme' screen, and click on 'Customise'. Then, click on 'Adjust Widths'.





Now you know the width, Personally, I try it all out on my Testing Blog, before adding it to my Main Blog. That's just me being over-cautious. My Testing blog happens to be the same width as the Blog to which I want to add the image.




Then, I choose an image. It is important to allow for 'Padding' when adding an image, but it is not mandatory, because your image is exactly correct, but still, padding accounts for about 10 px per border of an image, so hence I made my image 1060px wide - the blog is 1080px,






When your image is ready, you navigate to the 'Layout' screen, where you click on the Edit gadget option ...



This brings you to the 'Configure Header' option, where you upload your image ...





Then, 'Save' and your done...





Is it too big, or too small? I didn't have to use 'Shrink to fit' because my image was the correct size, however, REMEMBER, the image will be reduced in size by the 'wizard' if you select the 'Shrink to fit' option, on the 'Header Edit Gadget'. If the image is too big, and you haven't selected to 'Shrink to fit', the image will 'over-run' your blog, and will look like this:-



If you edit it and it turns out too small...



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Friday, 24 March 2017

The Demise of the Language Bar






Well, I suppose everything has its day. The Language translator gadget, developed by myself, Roberto, and Nitecruzr, has, for all intents and purposes, been superceded by a newer gadget - a fancy small blog intrusion, which now sits, unobtrusively, atop my Sidebar. The Translator gadget from Google.

That's the way it goes, I s'pose. I did, however, enjoy greatly, the challenge of creating the collection of Flag icons, and tweaking Nitecruzr's script, for the Translations. We had big ideas what might happen with it, and created CUMULUS blogs, to support the 'Language Bar', as we initially called it.


This is what it (my blog) looked like, and functioned properly, last week ...



This is what it (my blog) looks like, today ...



Naturally, I have to remove the gadget with all the flags. I get 404 - not founds, everytime I click a flag ...



We had a good run with it, however.

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