Blogging in the Infants

It is almost Blog time!

We are ready to take our blogs that were started previously and;
a) add in the school logo
b) add in a personalized header
(Thanks to Mandy and Sinead, in the communications department, for creating this template for us)

There are many steps to this process but most steps are quite easy.
Before you start, make sure you have downloaded the BloggerTemplate.xml file (see below this paragraph). It would also be helpful if you have a photo you would like in your header – something artistic, something that involves the school, something of your students etc

BloggerTemplate.xml file

Part A – Adding in the school logo

1. First things first, sign in to blogger:

2. Choose which of your blogs you would like to work on and at the top of the page and at this time switch back to the old blogger interface (it is circled below, it says ‘switch back‘):

Now you should be looking at a page that looks something like this:

3. Click on the word ‘Design’ that appears under your blog name:

4. Click on ‘Edit HTML’:

5. Click on ‘Upload a template from a file’ and when prompted choose the BloggerTemplate.xml file that you downloaded earlier:

I found mine in under lph/downloads:

6. After you have chosen the file simply click on ‘Upload’. When prompted to keep widgets or discard them, choose to keep them:

7. Your changes will have been saved and you can now look at your blog:

Part B – Adding in a personalized header

a. Choose a photo you want in your iPhoto Library.

b. Duplicate it (by selecting D)

c. Click on edit & tick constrain

d. Choose custom and type in the dimensions 760 x 200

e. Crop your photo. It is now ready for the next stage of proceedings.

1. Click on ‘Page Elements’ at the top of the page and then click on ‘Edit’ found below the Header Image box:

2. Click on ‘Choose File’ and at the same time ensure that the ‘Shrink to Fit’ box is ticked:

3. Choose the photo from your photo library that you would like to appear at the top of your blog:

4. Click on ‘Save’:

5. Your changes should have now been saved and you can view your blog:

Hopefully your blog will now look something like this (with the school logo at the top and your photo under the school logo):

Remember to include a Post Title and some Labels (keywords) to help your post be found easily in the future.

Let us know if you have any questions and good luck with your first blog post!

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