October 26, 2005

New Look

I made my blog look new.

Thoughts, preferably honest ones because I don't know if this is the end product yet…


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  1. Blimeh. Rather indiviualistic.

    ps – Where's all the CSS stuff lurking these days? I fancy a fiddle. And I want to make my blog pretty.

    26 Oct 2005, 23:17

  2. Um. You may want white backgrounds on all the text. At the moment it looks a bit like Els's theme might have done before it started drinking and injecting crack cocaine.

    You wanted honesty, right?! Great background pic by the way!

    Gav: Admin -> Appearance. A cunning hiding place for it.

    26 Oct 2005, 23:55

  3. Thor to Ali: "Wow! Look at that!"
    Ali to Thor: "Bit odd. No wait! It's the funny angle! No wait! It's gradient fill! No wait! It's an image! Ooh… good job it's not a long entry then innit?" [She's actually Welsh. And hasn't slept in 3 days. And she didn't actually say some of that. Point is, we like the new look!]

    27 Oct 2005, 00:07

  4. P.S. Did you change anything after Simon's comment? Coz I've got no idea what he's talking about. The text might interfere with the image – maybe dark grey [Ali suggests yellow. I told you she's funny] will work.

    27 Oct 2005, 00:11

  5. you don't want the background repeating vertically, or horizontally in fact since it doesn't tile correctly. it generally looks too busy.

    I very much doubt there is a single text colour that can go over that background image to be both readable and visually attractive.

    27 Oct 2005, 00:28

  6. Alright, it's 1.33am and so far all I've changed is to make the text yellow, which works better than I thought it would but is still not 100% what I'm looking for (and it's not all the text which makes it look disunified). I might darken the white lines on the backgournd picture, I think that may help. Also, I don't know how to stop it repeating, though I'd like to.

    Ok, how do I:

    • Make all text one colour?
    • Stop the beackground and banner repeating?
    • Also, what is the colour of the sidebar text? It's quite a nice light blue and I might use that rather than yellow.

    27 Oct 2005, 01:39

  7. Oh, not sure if I like the big ugly grey boxes which surround the comments. How do I change the colour on those?

    27 Oct 2005, 01:48

  8. Truculent asper for my eyes. Uninviting. It breeds distemper. Unsettling. It echoes darkness, which may not work out of season. It may grow on me, like algae, but I donít want to have changed. No. It is too much.

    27 Oct 2005, 01:49

  9. this should help a bit. non-repeating background and such. i'd suggest just making the background a bit darker so's you can read the writing over it.

    holly's adjusted styles txt

    27 Oct 2005, 09:20

  10. mmmm the background is nasty – can't read any of the text around the edges. I like the colourscheme though.

    27 Oct 2005, 09:22

  11. Much more dynamic, and hence aesthetically appealing than your previous style – except as mentioned, the text to the left which can't easily be read. You want one blown up background that can cover the whole page, thus avoiding the need for repititions.

    27 Oct 2005, 10:10

  12. It's definitely getting there!

    27 Oct 2005, 10:56

  13. Cheers Nick, I agree, the background image needs darkening so I'll get that sorted as soon as I can.

    Still can't decide on text colour, oh decisions decision…

    27 Oct 2005, 10:56

  14. I think it is radiant. Obviously it isn't a patch on mine… which i might have to change as i have a feeling it could be directly linked to your migraine….

    27 Oct 2005, 11:54

  15. Dave tCB

    Brooding in a sort of "Dark Knight Returns" manner.

    27 Oct 2005, 13:45

  16. I want a pretty blog damn it- someone show me how to use css!

    27 Oct 2005, 16:11

  17. I want my blog to look pretty ! I think it looks cool Holly, a little on the busy side but altogether most stylish :D

    27 Oct 2005, 16:17

  18. Simon – I knows that's where you add CSS crap, but I have no idea where I get CSS-ness from. I see there's a few bits of nifty text there in the help section but nothing too complex. What can I dooooooooooooo

    28 Oct 2005, 00:10

  19. Ah. Cunning. I have almost equally no idea. Must rectify.

    28 Oct 2005, 00:18

  20. Mike

    Argh! It's… very bright. I can help you with CSS, but it will take me so long you will definitely find it easier to ask someone else. As usual.

    Borders on the comment boxes would probably be a big improvement.

    Bear in mind that links actually have up to THREE colours- unvisited, visited, 'active'.

    28 Oct 2005, 00:58

  21. Mike again

    By the way, consider (if you have not already, I can't remember) installing the web-developer toolbar extension into Firefox- it lets you make it outline and label divisions etc. thus enabling you to see exactly what it is you're doing. Because Firefox is cool.

    28 Oct 2005, 00:59

  22. Firefox is cool, my computer is shit.

    Altered the background colours and removed the garish yellow so now it is more readable and more brooding. Smart.

    29 Oct 2005, 12:08

  23. And one last question, how do I change the colour of the entry title/links, the pinky colour isn't nice and I want them to be the same light blue as the links on my favourites list? Thank you.

    29 Oct 2005, 12:10

  24. Work with these:
    h3 a { color: #006; text-decoration: none; border: none; }
    h3 a:link { color: #006; text-decoration: none; border: none; }
    h3 a:hover { color: #CCC; text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dotted; }
    h3 a:active { color: #CCC; text-decoration: none; border: none; }
    Then you get dark blue (change the colour to whatever crazy blue (#D4FFFF apparently) you use on the left). Change #CCC to white and you get the link turns white if you hover or click it. All courtesy Andy

    I think some yellow touch would still be nice. The yellow text was indeed a bit too much, but you might want to use the yellow in the links under each entry somewhere else (maybe as a border for the utility bar?). Also, the border under these links is still pink. You can change that using
    p.entryfooter { border: none; }
    Or whatever border you wish! Again courtesy Andy!

    29 Oct 2005, 13:50

  25. Excellent, thanks Thorwald. In fact there's only last small thing that I think it needs – the links at the bottom of each entry are a pale yellow and the entry titles turn pink after they've been clicked on. Wouls it be possible to turn both into the same yellow as I'm using on the borders? Just to make it nice and coherent, please.

    29 Oct 2005, 15:35

  26. Mmm, help! The borders have disappeared completely and won't come back as yellow. Argh, I don't understand computers.

    29 Oct 2005, 23:30

  27. I was already wondering what borders you were talking about. When you state { borders: none; } there will be no borders. It actually makes sense, come to think of it! Wherever you put that, you can also replace it by for instance border-bottom and specify thickness (1px is normal) and style (dotted, solid, dashed) and colour. E.g. p.entryfooter { border-bottom: 1px solid #F5ECCD; } should get you the crazy yellow colour for a border underneath each entry.

    30 Oct 2005, 02:06

  28. lose your border: none; things and use this (replacing yellow with whatever colour code you want to use):

    .commentItem { border-color: yellow; }

    30 Oct 2005, 02:13

  29. Or yeah, that will help ^^

    30 Oct 2005, 02:14

  30. Right, those border things you gave me do look like the ones I need but they ain't working and now my background picture has vanished as well. Bloody computers.

    30 Oct 2005, 10:19

  31. Ok, got the picture back but for some reason it has decided that the image I was using no longer existed so I had to re-upload it and start again. Bloody computers.

    30 Oct 2005, 11:11

  32. I think what Andy meant is get rid off border: none in the following:
    .authorComment
    .nonLoggedInComment
    .loggedInComment
    as these seem to override the .commentItem

    Also, in comment 24 I might have given you some crap from my CSS that you don't want. text-decoration: none gets rid off the underline in the link; border-bottom: dotted adds the dotted underline when you hover over it. Just delete those bits if they don't, make you happy!

    30 Oct 2005, 11:47


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