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    How to Create Magazine Style with Post Summaries and Thumbnails on Blogger




    The magazine or newspaper style templates are those that display the posts summaries in the homepage by stacking the columns on top of each other. This kind of templates is very popular nowadays, and whether it is a news or technology blog, everyone needs a fresh magazine style layout for their blogs.

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    There are several ways to make posts appear this way. An option would be to use the Read more script to display a summary of the posts and add a conditional tag and a different style to the first post so that it will have a larger width than the older posts. So, this tutorial will show you how to create a magazine style for a Blogger Template. By following this tutorial, you can transform your boring and simple Blogger template to have an attractive and stylish magazine style layout.

    To see how it looks like, please visit this demo blog.

    Adding the Magazine/Newspaper style to a Blogger Template

    Step 1. Before anything please make a backup of your current template to make sure that you won't lose anything important - just log in on your Blogger Dashboard and go to Template, then click on the Backup/Restore button. After you've got a copy of the xml template, click on the Edit HTML button:

    blogger edit html template

    Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and search by using CTRL + F keys for this line:
    <data:post.body/>
    Note: You'll find it more than once, but stop to the second one in order to see the changes.

    Step 3. Remove that line and instead it add this code:
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
     <span class='post-comment-link'><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'><b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'><a class='comment-link' expr:href='data:post.addCommentUrl' expr:onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'><data:post.numComments/></a></b:if></b:if></span>
    <div expr:id='&quot;summary&quot; + data:post.id'><data:post.body/></div>
      <script type='text/javascript'>createSummaryAndThumb(&quot;summary<data:post.id/>&quot;);</script>
    <span class='readmorebutton' style='float:right'><a expr:href='data:post.url'>Read More &#187;</a></span></b:if></b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;static_page&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>
    Note: you can replace the Read More text, by changing the code in red

    Step 4. Now find (CTRL + F) this line:
    <b:include data='post' name='post'/>
    Step 5. Remove this as well and instead of it add this:
    <b:if cond='data:post.isFirstPost'>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.homepageUrl == data:blog.url'>
    <div id='first'>
    <b:if cond='data:post.title'>
    <h3 class='post-title entry-title'>
    <b:if cond='data:post.link'>
    <a expr:href='data:post.link'><data:post.title/></a>
    <b:else/>
    <b:if cond='data:post.url'>
    <a expr:href='data:post.url'><data:post.title/></a>
    <b:else/>
    <data:post.title/>
    </b:if>
    </b:if>
    </h3>
    </b:if>
    <div class='first-body'>

    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
    <div expr:id='&quot;summary1&quot; + data:post.id'><data:post.body/></div>
      <script type='text/javascript'>createSummaryAndThumb1(&quot;summary1<data:post.id/>&quot;);</script>
    <span class='post-comment-link'><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'><b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'><a class='comment-link' expr:href='data:post.addCommentUrl' expr:onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'><data:post.numComments/></a></b:if></b:if></span>
    <span class='readmorebutton' style='float:right'><a expr:href='data:post.url'>Read More &#187;</a></span>
    </b:if></b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;static_page&quot;'><data:post.body/></b:if>

    </div>
    </div>
    <b:else/>
    <b:include data='post' name='post'/>
    </b:if>
    <b:else/>
    <b:include data='post' name='post'/>
    </b:if>
    Note: you can change the Read More text here also, just replace the code in red with the text that you want to show.

    Step 6. Now find the </head> tag and paste the following script before/above it:
     <script type='text/javascript'>
    posts_no_thumb_sum = 290;
    posts_thumb_sum = 240;
    img_thumb_height = 80;
    img_thumb_width = 80;
    first_no_thumb_sum = 580;
    first_thumb_sum = 450;
    img_thumb_height1 = 145;
    img_thumb_width1 = 165;

    </script>

    <script type='text/javascript'>
    //<![CDATA[
    function removeHtmlTag(strx,chop){
    if(strx.indexOf("<")!=-1)
    {
    var s = strx.split("<");
    for(var i=0;i<s.length;i++){
    if(s[i].indexOf(">")!=-1){
    s[i] = s[i].substring(s[i].indexOf(">")+1,s[i].length);
    }
    }
    strx = s.join("");
    }
    chop = (chop < strx.length-1) ? chop : strx.length-2;
    while(strx.charAt(chop-1)!=' ' && strx.indexOf(' ',chop)!=-1) chop++;
    strx = strx.substring(0,chop-1);
    return strx+'...';
    }

    function createSummaryAndThumb(pID){
    var div = document.getElementById(pID);
    var imgtag = "";
    var img = div.getElementsByTagName("img");
    var summ = posts_no_thumb_sum;
    if(img.length>=1) {
    imgtag = '<span class="posts-thumb" style="float:left;"><img src="'+img[0].src+'" width="'+img_thumb_width+'px" height="'+img_thumb_height+'px"/></span>';
    summ = posts_thumb_sum;
    }

      var summary = imgtag + '<div class="summary">' + removeHtmlTag(div.innerHTML,summ) + '</div>';
    div.innerHTML = summary;
    }

    function createSummaryAndThumb1(pID){
    var div = document.getElementById(pID);
    var imgtag = "";
    var img = div.getElementsByTagName("img");
    var summ = first_no_thumb_sum;
    if(img.length>=1) {
    imgtag = '<span class="first-post-thumb" style="float:left;"><img src="'+img[0].src+'" width="'+img_thumb_width1+'px" height="'+img_thumb_height1+'px"/></span>';
    summ = first_thumb_sum;
    }

    var summary1 = imgtag + '<div class="summary">' + removeHtmlTag(div.innerHTML,summ) + '</div>';
    div.innerHTML = summary1;
    }

    //]]>
    </script>
    Step 7. And below the script above add these CSS styles:
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
    <style type='text/css'>
    .first-post-thumb {
        margin-right: 10px;
    }

    .summary {
        height: 100%;
    }

    #first { /* Styles for the First Post Container */
        width: auto;
        height: 250px;
        float: left;
        margin-bottom: 10px;
        background-color: #F4F4F4; /* background color for the first post */
        border: 1px solid #E5E5E5; /* border for the first post */}

    .first-body { /* Style for the First Post summary */
        color: #545454;
        font-size: 13px;
        text-align: justify;
        padding: 5px 10px;
        line-height: 1.5em;
    }

    #first h3 a, #first h3 a:visited { /* Style for the First Post Title*/
        border-bottom: 2px solid #DFDFDF;
        color: #515151;
        font-size: 20px;
        display: block;
        margin: 10px auto;
        width: 95%;
        font-size: 20px;
        padding: 0px 0px 4px 0px;
        font-weight: bold;
        text-align: left;
        line-height: 1.4em;
        background: none;
    }

    #first h3 a:hover { /* Color on mouseover for the First Post Title */
        color: #1061A1;
    }

    .post { /* Styles for the small posts container */
        float: left;
        margin: 0px 6px 2% 5px;
        width: 46%;
        height: 230px;
        padding: 0px 5px 5px 5px;
        background: #FCFCFC; /* background color for the small posts */
        border: 1px solid #E5E5E5; /* border for the small posts */
        overflow: hidden;
    }

    .posts-thumb { /* Style for the small posts thumbnails */
        margin-right: 10px;
    }

    .post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img, .BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
        background: none;
        border: none;
        box-shadow: none;
        padding: 0;
    }


    h3.post-title a{ /* Style for the small posts titles */
        font-size: 14px;
        color: #747474;
        text-transform: uppercase;
    }

    h2.date-header { /* Hide the post date */
        display: none;
    }

    .post-footer {
        display: none;
    }

    h3.post-title {
        margin: 0px;
    }

    .readmorebutton {
        margin-top: 5px;
    }

    .readmorebutton a { /* Styles for the Read More link */
        color: #767676;
        border: 1px solid #E1E1E1;
        background: #EAEAEA; /* Background color for the Read More link */
        text-decoration: none;
        padding: 3px 5px;
        font-weight: bold;
        font-size: 11px;
        float: right;
        position: relative;
    }

    .post-comment-link { /* Style for the comment bubble of posts below */
        position: absolute;
        top: -35px;
        right: -10px;
        display: block;
        border: 1px solid #E1E1E1; /* border for the comment bubble */
        background: #EAEAEA; /* background color for the comment bubble */
        font-size: 11px;
        position: absolute;
    }

    #first .post-comment-link { /* Style for the comment bubble of first post */
        position: absolute;
        top: 10px;
        right: 0px;
    }

    .post-comment-link a { /* Link color for the comments bubble*/
        padding: 10px;
        color: #6A6A6A;
        text-decoration: none;
        font-weight: bold;
    }

    #blog-pager {
        clear: both;
    }
    </style>
    </b:if>
    </b:if>
    Customization:

    1) At the beginning of the script from step 6, we have this section:
    posts_no_thumb_sum = 290;
    posts_thumb_sum = 240;
    img_thumb_height = 80;
    img_thumb_width = 80;
    first_no_thumb_sum = 580;
    first_thumb_sum = 450;
    img_thumb_height1 = 145;
    img_thumb_width1 = 165;
    - the first number is the number of characters that will show for the small posts when there will be no image available
    - the 2nd number is the number of characters that will show when the small posts will have an image
    - the 3rd and the 4th line is for the height and width of the small posts thumbnails (images).
    - the same goes for what is in blue, but this configuration affects only the first post. Since the first post is wider, it may contain a larger number of characters and we'll be able to make the thumbnail size larger.

    2) And finally, we have the CSS styles. That last thing we added is a code that determines how the posts are going to look on the homepage (and archive pages as well, except for the first post).

    To change the width an height, respectively the size for the first post container, look for these lines:
    width: auto;
    height: 250px;
    Underneath the first post are the values for the other posts, just look for this part:
    width: 46%;
    height: 230px;
    The width will ocuppy 46% of the main column width and height is set to 230px. Here you may need to experiment a bit with the sizes in order to make them appear correctly.

    Finally, set the number of posts to show on the homepage, so that there won't be any empty space. Go to Settings >> Posts and comments >> Show at most and select the number of posts that you want to appear.

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