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Monday, February 27, 2006

How to add stuff to the sidebar

To add stuff to the sidebar, one will have to temper with the template or edit the profile. For this, it will help if you know enough of HTML to be able to do some simple editing. A good place to learn HTML is the W3Schools (close new window to return to this page. Otherwise, you will just have to follow the examples. To edit the template, log into Dashboard, select the relevant blog, click the TEMPLATE tab (see screenshot). Backup the template by clicking inside the editor, press ctrl+A, right-click, select copy, then paste into Notepad. Save with a suitable name, preferably including the date.

What can one add to the sidebar. Some link lists, Google targeted ads, Amazon ads, an extra paragraph, etc. The easiest way to add links is to edit those already provided in the template. See "How to edit links in the sidebar" (click "BACK" button to return to this page). To add Google AdSense to the sidebar, you first have to have an AdSense account. To find out more about Google AdSense, go to AdSense Alert (close new window to return to this page). You can apply for an account there as well. If you have an AdSense account, you can go to Generating scripts for your Google ads, searchbar and referral buttons (close new window to get back to this page). This post will guide you as to which part of the template to paste the scrips: Adding content via the template (close new window to return to this page). The same thing will apply for Amazon ads. To add an extra paragraph, see "How to put a new paragraph in the sidebar" (click "BACK" button to return to this page). If this is not clear enough, add your comments in the comments section, and I'll see how this post can be improved to make it clearer.

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  1. Is there a reletively easy way to add a third column to the template without swapping out a base template and re-personalizing it? As you can see in my blog (, I have a lot of space on the left. I'd like to add a column on the left equal to the column on the right and center the posting column (similar to Thank you for your help!

  2. Easy way, look for a 3 column template with and replace your current one with it.

  3. I'd like to avoid re-doing the whole template. If I can edit the html and add a few tags, I'd prefer that route. But, I don't know the proper tags and format right now.

  4. It is more than adding a few tags.

  5. I'm trying to change the font size in my sidebar to be bigger or bolder, more easily read by visitors. I'm using the Son of Moto template. I've tried changing the font size to 100% and it works just fine on the preview page but not when I open it in a new IE window after re-publishing. I then added "fon-size:100% in various likely looking sections and same thing - looks fine in preview but not in new window. I've now taken out all the sidebar font size related changes I made and am asking for help.

  6. Just wanted to thank you for the helpful information. I don't think I could have set-up my blog without you!

  7. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Hi hi... Need some help here.. :) How do I add Shout Box to my sidebar? Is there anyway to paragraph my contents in ABout Me?

  8. Haven't tried this myself yet, but I suspect you can paragraph the content in the profile by using surrounding the text with the p> and /p> tags. (You will have to add the less than sign yourself as Blogger doesn't allow html tags)

  9. For a shoutbox, you can register for one at Yellbox. Register, validate your email, login, configure the color, save, get HTML, paste into your sidebar.

  10. ".....get HTML, paste into your sidebar."

    Should read ....get HTML, sign into Dashboard, select blog, click TEMPLATE tab, then paste into the sidebar portion of the template, preview, save, republish.

  11. is there way a to post directly to a created sidebar segment like "poetry" or "writing" or move the posted item(s) from "previous post" to the sidebar you want?

    here's my link so you have an idea what i'm trying to do. thanx for your help. aj

  12. I have the same problem as osmia trying to change (enlarge) font size in both the sidebar and in my posts."it works just fine on the preview page but not when I open it in a new IE window after re-publishing".
    The preview page is perfect, in IE it is very small.
    Can anyone show me how/ where to change HTML to fix?

  13. with these sidebars... is it possible to have them archive? I am the Music Director for our radio station, and i'd like CD of the Week and current favorite song archived. I don't want to use up the extra posts in the Blog area though...

  14. Hi WDOM,

    Since you are commenting in a post meant for the old classic Blogger template, I assume you use the old classic Blogger template for your blog. I am not too clear about what you want but am guessing that Label list for old classic Blogger template.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Temporary blog for bloggers who want to earn from their blogging efforts until final website ready

  15. Hi there. I'm wondering if there's a way I can upload a favorite font to the headings sections on my sidebar. I'd like to use my own font for the headings sections instead of the few fonts Blogger has to choose from. Any ideas on this? Thank you.

  16. Hi Katrina,

    I haven't tried this myself, but why don't you try looking in the template for scrip like the one below:

    #header h1 {
    margin:5px 5px 0;
    padding:15px 20px .25em;
    font: normal normal 200% Georgia, Serif;

    and change the font:

    Do let us know if you succeed.

    BTW if you choose a font that your visitors do not have in their computer, your chosen font may not be displayed. The second nearest font may be displayed instead.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

  17. thank you, peter. i read somewhere that if the viewer doesn't have the font installed on their computer then they won't be able to see it-- sad news. however, i have a friend who added a super obscure font to her blogger header and i'm able to see it fine, although i don't have that font on my computer because you have to purchase it. hmm... i'll let you know if i decided to customize the font. i'm still deciding. THANK YOU.


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