When it comes to my blog, I've always tried to take a DIY approach. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I work out how to add a code or widget that I've imagined in my head, and my blog feels more personal to me if I do it this way. Don't get me wrong I love some of the designs that external blog designers come up with, but most of the time it means an added cost, which as a student is not my number one priority. Over the years I've chopped and changed my blog design a fair bit, but today I thought I'd share with you some simple HTML codes that I've found across the web that have been a godsend to my blog design.
In terms of photos on my blog, there are two codes that I have found helpful. If you work on blogger then you'll know you can set your photos to 'extra-large' size. However I recently discovered how to make them ever larger than this. The code I found to help with this is here - http://malborkmalbork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/how-to-make-your-photos-larger-than.html. As well as having larger photos on the main post, this tip from Bloomin' Rouge helped me work out how to enlarge the photos on my 'popular posts' widget. That HTML code is here - http://www.bloominrouge.com/2015/02/how-to-enlarge-your-popular-posts.html.
XOMISSE is a great website full of blog designing tips, one of the ones I used most recently was how to create a drop down menu for my pages. This admittedly did take a while to get my head around, as do quite a few complicated HTML codes but once I'd cracked it I feel like it was worth it. The link I used to create that is - http://xomisse.com/blog/add-drop-menu-can-styled-template-designer/. When it comes to the alignment of different widgets in my sidebar, I like to have them all in the centre. This is a really quick and easy code to implement and can be found on this blog post - http://blogger-hints-and-tips.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/centering-gadgets-on-on-your-blog.html. In terms of advice and tips from myself, I'd say always back up a copy of your template so that if things do go wrong then you have the old template saved, take your time to read through all of the instructions, especially when dealing with the main template of the blog it can be confusing as to where to put the different codes. And finally be patient, it may take a couple of attempts, but you will feel so happy once it works.
Have you ever tried doing HMTL yourself?