Marcia Brubeck contacted me a couple of nights ago with an interesting problem. While she has been blogging for nearly eight months now, her blog design has been somewhat of a challenge. We featured her blog as the Small Business Blog of the Day back in August, and since we featured the blog, I have noticed that everything I suggested was taken to heart as Marcia made every small change I mentioned.
Furthermore, when Marcia decided to get some help with the design of the blog, she thought of me (Ya!).
Basically, Marcia wanted her blog to match her main website. Here is what her main website looks like (click for larger view):
Her blog looked something like this:
So I changed the design to look like this:
Keep in mind that the first photo and the third photo are entirely different. One is Marcia's main website, and the other is her new blog.
Other than basic design, which is pretty intense with Typepad since you can customize so much out of the box, I met with some unique challenges to Marcia's blog.
First, the standard width of a Typepad blog did not match the width of Marcia's main website. This meant I had to alter the width of the blog and each column in the blog to get these things to match. This can only be done in the Advanced Templates of Typepad (you must have a "Pro" account to edit the Advanced Templates).
Second, Marcia has a patterned background for her left sidebar on her main website. I was able to duplicate this by inserting a background in the Typepad blog, again utilizing the Advanced Templates.
Figuring out these little tricks takes some experience, research, and experimenting. I was able to completely match Marcia's original website design on her blog in about 2 hours.
Marcia was pretty happy. Here's what she had to say:
It looks great!...I am just thrilled that you managed to do this so fast. Thank you so much!
Learning all the ins and outs of Typepad's design structure is not for everyone. If you would like some assistance, let me know and I'll be happy to help. I've been designing websites for over six years now, and designing exclusively with Typepad for nearly a year. Just let me know if I can help you. I'd be happy to.
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