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Concerning the "New and Improved Blogging"

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1. Posted by arrowroot (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Just as I thought that I could really settle down with travellerspoint and start my blogging you introduce a feature thats just so wrong for me. I'm talking about the top navigation bar. I actually chose travellerpoint because it had no annoying top navigation bar as many other blogging services do. As I said Im very new to travellerspoint and haven't started blogging yet so I can't see I the settings that might be in the blog, so Im just wondering if it's possible to make non-visible if you prefer that way. The thing a like the most about travellerspoint is just that your blog is so personal, without any links to other users and things that might distract visitors from the actual content of the blog. Except for the newly introduced navigation bar I find travellerpoint very good for blogging. Thank you for a great service!

Cheers

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Everything is possible, but I'll get to that in a sec ;)

First, some benefits of the top bar from a bloggers point of view. The real main one is that when you're viewing your own blog and are logged in (which seems to happen often for me), you can immediately hit the 'manage this blog' or 'add a new entry' links. If you are viewing someone else's blog, those links become 'my travel blogs' and 'report'. It also means quick access to your control panel, directly from the blog which was otherwise something that would require several clicks.

Another benefit to visitors is that there are now some clear links back to Travellerspoint, not least the home page (I know I often have found it tricky to get back to Travellerspoint when viewing someone's blog and I'd use the back button more often than I liked).

As a website, the branding with the logo was of course also part of the consideration.

Now, back to whether or not it is possible to remove. The answer is yes. After you've chosen a template (for example the great Postcard template by Cameron Moll that you chose), click on the 'Edit Your Template' sub tab under TEMPLATE in your blog management area. Find the line that starts with #brand_line (the first one!) and replace everything behind it with {display:none;}

So, you'd end up with #brand_line {display:none;}

Save that and the top bar will be gone.

Now I see that it always pays to double check stuff so upon checking, this does work, however messes up the layout of that particular Postcard template (and the Adventurer template as well actually), but all others should look fine. Give me a few minutes to figure out a way to get the design to not look so terrible when doing this...

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Okay, for the Postcard template, you will also need to make this change to get the template looking good again. In the same Edit Template area, find the bit where it says

body {
margin:0;
padding:0;
font-family: Georgia, serif;
font-size: small;
color: #333;
background: #ECECDD url(img/8/bg_header.gif) repeat-x;
}

In that last line, change the filename to bg_header_old.gif . The total changed line will thus be:

background: #ECECDD url(img/8/bg_header_old.gif) repeat-x;

The total body rule will now be:

body {
margin:0;
padding:0;
font-family: Georgia, serif;
font-size: small;
color: #333;
background: #ECECDD url(img/8/bg_header_old.gif) repeat-x;
}

Let me know if you have problems.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 4, 2007, at 5:15 AM by Sam I Am ]

4. Posted by arrowroot (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

thank you! this is much appreciated.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

For the Adventurer template, make the following changes, after you have set the #brand_line to not display.

Find the line of code that starts with body (high up). It should say:

body{background:#060201 url(./img/6/bg.jpg)

Change this to:

body{background:#060201 url(./img/6/bg_old.jpg)

If anyone has any questions, let me know.

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting tedblad

thank you! this is much appreciated.

No worries, glad you like the blogging system overall. With the new additions of full feeds, social bookmarking, feedburner to track subscribers and even the possibility to integrate the excellent google analytics package for stats, I think I can confidently say that this is one of the most comprehensive, if not THE most comprehensive, travel blogging systems available anywhere online, paid or not.

You'd be hard pressed to find a system that can do all of this without the blogger actually having to understand how to write their own code/embed etc.

Yes, I'm proud of the system and perhaps a little biased