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Configuring The Page Header

When someone starts decorating their blog, one of the first things done is to replace the plain text page header with something more stylish. That task has become gradually easier, starting with the rollout of New Blogger (2006).

With a Classical template, this was done by editing the template HTML. When New Blogger (2006) started out, this was originally done by creating an HTML page element, and putting it in place of the Page Header page element. Recently, Blogger added options in the Header GUI, which lets you create a passable custom element, in just a few minutes.

From the Page Elements GUI, click the Edit link in the page header. This gives you the "Configure Header" wizard, which has several key abilities.
  • Upload a graphic file (from your computer or elsewhere or in the web).
  • Select whether the uploaded graphic is to replace the text Title and Description, or simply be placed behind it, as a background element.
  • Select whether the uploaded graphic is to be shrunk to 660 pixels wide.

This is not an extensive set of options, and a few bloggers will still opt to replace the header with a hand created HTML page element. For most blogs, though, this will make an excellent first step in making our blogs more attractive. Certainly, it's a start, and may motivate other decorations.

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