Watercolor template

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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

The space for photos and text is white but it is so narrow. I'd like to make the light grey margins much narrower. I made something 1050 px but now the text runs outside of the white part. How can I make the white part wider?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5588 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

If you let me know which of your blogs you've changed for that width, so I can see exactly how you did that, I can almost certainly help you make the white part the desired size. (I tried opening a few of your blogs at random, hoping I'd find the right one, but no luck so far.)

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

For the one I'm working on now, I switched the original default blog. I did that trying to fix the problem on my own. So the problem no longer exists. The other blogs I have done in the Watercolor template I haven't fiddled with.

I tried to find the other blogs that used Watercolor and I can only find Default and Postcard, plus some that do not say what template I have used. I go to Template, and I get the list of possible templates instead of saying which template it is.

https://www.travellerspoint.com/my_blogtemplate.cfm?blogid=148599
https://grandmadakotawed.travellerspoint.com/

I really like the postcard template because it works to have two medium photos side by side except that I don't like the background colors. I like a whiter background. The original template is too narrow to do that. Unless the photos are really narrow, they stack on top of each other instead of being side by side.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5588 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Ok, I just set up an example blog, and this is a really hard one to widen, as the "white" area is actually made by a repeating background image with a semi-transparant white area and a fully transparent area for the sidebar.

However, CSS is a lot more capable these days than it was back when these blog templates were designed, so I'm going to see if I can design a general purpose solution anyway. Giving myself half an hour for it - let's see how I'll manage. :D

edit: Oh, it's worse. The background-image is very subtly patterned.
Hrm - but let's just say that it's so subtle that no one will see or care about that...

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2020, 18:22 GMT by Sander ]

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

I guess that is why it is called watercolor

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5588 posts) 47w 1 Star this if you like it!

Okay, here's a blog showing what a wider watercolour template could look like, with instructions on how to change the template:
https://wider-watercolour.travellerspoint.com/

edit: 36 minutes, but I'm allowing myself the extra 6 minutes because I also added "code" styling. ;)

edit 2: I kept the patterning, as I just stretched the background-image. Also, did you know that where most blog templates were contributed by (at the time) famous web designers, the watercolour template was designed and implemented by our very own Peter?

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2020, 18:53 GMT by Sander ]

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Looks good - I'll try it on one of the blogs I have finished.

No I didn't know that

I did it. https://grandmadakotawed.travellerspoint.com/

[ Edit: Edited on 25-May-2020, 19:07 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1922 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Thank you thank you

I've put the changes into a text file because I know I won't remember how to do it next time.