Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How to add a 2nd Sidebar to Blogger

You guys must have noticed that I'm doing some "interior decorating". It's still a work in progress but I definitely like a 3 column template better. Since working with the free version of blogger means that you have to tinker with html if you want any major layout differences this task seemed daunting in the beginning. I read through tons and tons of blogs that claimed to show me how to create an extra column in easy steps. They just made me feel very slow and dumb.

Finally, this blog showed me how to do this. In THREE steps. There was a little learning curve for me but as you can see it worked! I just wanted to share with my any other budding bloggers in case you've had the same struggle trying to figure it out.

If you're confused, send me a message and I'll try to troubleshoot. I had so many issues that I think I can solve most problems.

I NEED HELP: If anyone knows how to make the color on my sidebars extend to the end of the page (that white space is annoying) please let me know. I'd really appreciate it.

One word of caution, that website seemed to have make my computer a little slower. It seemed like it had a lot of things loading on the page.


  1. i too dig the 3 columns. nice!

    i'm not an expert by any means, but i *think* you'd have to do some semi-extensive html editing to extend the color because of the way the 565 template is designed.

    i've hacked my minima dark template up the wazoo. have you checked out it's very simple and shows you how to do tons of stuff. i'm able to put gadgets anywhere.

    btw...nice blog!

  2. hmm... I had to just pick a template, and it bothers the heck out of me that there's so much wasted space and that my writing space is so narrow. Sorry I'm not any help, but I couldn't figure out how to tweak very much, either. Instead I just add every little feature offered on the template I chose and as many boxes as I want to use (for extra html or whatever.)

  3. It has to do with the "width" set in the code. Edit your layout and look for "DIV STYLE="WIDTH:180px......." (there is one for each bar you have). Increase the number from 180px to a width that you want. It will take some tinkering to find the right size -just work on one bar at a time.

  4. I tried getting 3-cols that I liked, but none in Blogger worked for me except for 1024px by Andreas Viklund.

    Lots of writing/reading space was my key goal...

    But this 3-column one is cute. I like the white spaces in between.


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