Before you make any modifications to the template, you should make a
copy of the template, paste it into a text editor such as Notepad, and
save it as a text file on your computer. That way, if you make a
mistake in modifying the template, you'll have a backup, which you can
paste back into the template box and save.
Near the bottom of your template, you'll find this line:
<p>This is a paragraph of text that could go in the sidebar.</p>
You can make a copy of that line and paste it elsewhere in the sidebar
section. The sidebar section begins with the lines:
<!-- Begin #sidebar -->
For example, you might post the line immediately above:
If you save this template change and republish the blog, you'll indeed
find "This is a paragraph of text that could go in the sidebar" right
You can substitute other text between the paragraph tags, and it will
show up in the same place. You can insert a second line with
paragraph tags -- <p>This is another paragraph of text.</p> -- and it
will show up as a new paragraph.
You can experiment with placing the paragraph elsewhere in the sidebar
section of the template. Placing it right above a line that includes
"h2 class" should work well.
To make the code easier to read, you could put blank lines before and
after the paragraph. The blank lines should not affect what the
sidebar looks like when you republish the blog.
Please let me know if anything is unclear or problematic with my
explanation; I'd be happy to clarify it.
P.S.: If you don't know HTML, it's hard to know how to edit the
template. You're far from stupid; the procedure isn't intuitive. A
couple of years ago, I had no HTML skills, and wouldn't have been able
to edit the template either. So many people have put up web pages
over the past decade, and blogs over the past five years; I suppose
we're just late to the party!
Request for Answer Clarification by
27 Aug 2005 09:24 PDT
I'm grateful for your help. The procedure starts to work for me. Thanks!
One quick question.
I know how to paste an active link into the main posting. However, how
do I paste a link into text that goes into the side bar? The HTML code
doesn't accept it, it disappears whan I paste it, only the unlinked
I hope the answer is simple; I really don't want to waste much of your time.