Sunday, May 16, 2010

Different Browsers Giving Odd Results? Start With A Clean, Up To Date Blogger Template

There's a popular adage
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
I would amend this to read
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and browser differences.
I've written about this before, yet still we see the occasional confusion and naivete, reported in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.
Why does my blog look so good under Firefox, yet so scrambled under Internet Explorer?

I can name three possible problems, which may be present in the template in any blog.
  • Custom code.
  • Old code.
  • Third party code.

Custom code. If you installed any template tweaks, did you test your changes in multiple browsers?

Old code. Blogger releases various changes, in the templates which they provide. If you got your template last year, there may be a fix that could help you, this year.

Third party code. I've published various warnings about third party code. This article continues that series.

In case you see a problem with your blog, I would advise you to start by getting rid of all three possibilities. This is simply one more responsible practice, which I will advise occasionally.

In case of doubt, start over with a clean, up to date, template from the current Blogger library.

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2 comments:

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

Hi,
I've tried to find a solution online but to no avail: Is there a way to make my blog have the same proportions on all browsers? I recently saw my blog on two widescreen computers and the photos were stretched, ie a square photo was rectangular (and I looked, um, really wide!) On smaller screens than mine, everything looks right. I'm not sure this happened after I changed the layout to have 3 columns. Help?

http://blog.afiori.com
(Blogger)

Chuck said...

Is there a way to make my blog have the same proportions on all browsers?

This is a good question to ask in BHF: Layouts & Templates, where you can discuss this with many helpers.