September 26, 2006
Over the past few weeks, I came up with hacks for Blogger Beta that have been liked by many. My hacks were easy to apply for most of my readers. But, I realized that some people still find it difficult to make the correct changes in the template. For such bloggers, it would be easy to just pickup a template with all my hacks built-in. At first, I thought I will come up with my own design for the templates. But, due to lack of time, I decided to just add the hacks to some of Blogger's templates.
Here are the list of hacks that were built-in:
1. 3-column conversion with additional sidebar
I decided to make the sidebar on the right wider than the left sidebar. Your Profile, archive in hierarchy format, recent comments etc will benefit from a wide sidebar (or widebar :)).
2. Peekaboo posts with summary in main page
This hack displays only post summaries in main page which expand inline upon clicking a "Read more" link. You can choose which posts are divided into summary and full post by using the post template described in step 3 of this post.
3. Peekaboo posts in label/archive pages
Only post titles will be shown in such pages so that the reader can quickly find what he wants to read amidst a long list of posts. A [+/-] toggler can be used to expand/collapse the posts. (Read more about this)
4. Multi-style Labels widget
Labels shown in multiple styles - Drop-down menu(default), zoom style and flat list (read more).
5. Del.icio.us and Digg hotlinks in post footer
6. Author comment notification (read more about this)
Check-out these hacks in action in the following Live demo blogs. If you like one of them, right-click the "Download template" link, save the code for the template and upload it to Blogger (Don't copy/paste, you might miss some lines). I will come up with more hacked templates as and when I get more free time.
Hacked-scribe Live (Download template)
Hacked-minima Live (Download template)