Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Identifying The Frog - And Other Image Oddities - On The Blog

An occasional sign of confusion, seen occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, starts with a simple statement.
There's a frog on my blog!

Those of us who know about third party templates know what's up, here. Given the right browser, you can find the problem, in a couple minutes.

Some third party template providers use separate, third party image hosting services, for serving the graphics used by their templates. Some of the image hosting services, unfortunately, limit their bandwidth. When a given image, that they are serving, exceeds a given amount of bandwidth in a day, or maybe a month, they stop serving the image - maybe the background or another decoration - and they replace it with their logo.

One of these "replacement" logos is the well known PhotoBucket Frog.

If your blog uses one of the more popular templates, provided by the third party service, your readers will find out about it - and you may find out from them.
Why is your blog so plain - and why are there frogs all over the face?
And there is your blog - with no background, and with the frog images.

If you have Firefox, you can use the Media tab in the Tools - "Page Info" wizard. The Media tab displays a quick inventory of all images used, in any web page. Each image is represented by a URL, and a thumbnail. Just open the Media tab, with your blog (and the frogs) displayed, and scan down the list. When you see the frog, look at the URL - and there's the source of your problem.

Then pick another template - maybe a standard Blogger template - and make your blog pretty, again.

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3 comments:

Paul Crowe said...

I know a story of a Blogger who was using a custom template with the images hosted on Photobucket.The background image was a small texture that was tiled.When the bandwidth exceeded the Photobucked image was pasted all over her blog.

Anyway she was sure her blog had been hacked and unable to contact anyone about it she actually called the local police ! I can imagine that call, "OK start again whats a Blog".

Chuck Croll said...

Dang, Paul,

I'll have to start "C & C" classification for the comments. 8-D

I had put my coffee cup down, just moments previous. Lucked out, there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_and_Coffee_warning

Paul Crowe said...

Haha Cats and Coffee, that's a new one for me !