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02 May 2009 @ 09:54 pm
Layout FAQ  

→ How to Credit:
- Please credit me in your profile/sidebar/public entry.

layout by visualwit

-Copy the above text into your blurb/profile.

→ Requests:
- I don't do requests, as I have no real time commitment for them. I will occasionally ask for suggestions, but again, it's at my discretion.

→ How to install a layout (flexible squares):
- Customize: Make sure your style system is S2!
- Look & Feel: Set layout to Flexible Squares.
- Customize
- Sidebar: Make sure sidebar is shown.
- Custom CSS: Set all the 3 drop down boxes to No.
- Copy & paste into Custom Stylesheet the overrides.

→ Can I edit the stylesheet?
- Certainly! As long as you credit me, and keep the header at the top of each stylesheet :)
- Keep in mind that after you customize the stylesheet, I won't be available for tweak tips and help.

→ How to customize links on the sidebar:
- Customize here.

→ How to change colors:
- Color codes look like this: "#948664". Replace this 6 digit hex-code with the code of your choice.
- I highly recommend the "FIND & REPLACE" function as you do this.
- HERE are some hex-codes for some commonly used colors.

→ How to remove ads:
- Upgrade to a paid account or Downgrade to a basic account.
- Unfortunately, LJ's ads are some of the most persistent.
- Another thing: I'm a plus account user. A plus account user with Adblock. That being said, I can't test for ads. I do however, always advise on how to make adds as innocuous as possible on your journal page.

FOR SIDEBARS: Make ads VERTICAL. Also make sure you have at least three modules enabled in the sidebar (ex: blurb, links, tags).

FOR TOPBARS: Make ads HORIZONTAL. Then make ads BETWEEN ENTRIES. It is very important that you do this, in this order.

If the layout does not have a sidebar/topbar, make ads VERTICAL. Poof! Ads disappear. LJ doesn't like when you do this though, don't get caught.

→ How to add a header:
- Find this code (or something similar in the css):
.headerimage {
width: ;
height: ;
position: relative;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
margin-bottom: 0px;
background-image: url('');
background-repeat: no-repeat;
- Edit accordingly.
- Keep in mind that I do NOT test headers on my layouts. This is primarily because I like leaving the layout as customizable as possible. You're always free to add a header (and I'll warn you otherwise (e.g., pattern based layouts where the layout is the header image).

→ How to add rounded corners to certain elements of your LJ page:
- Does not work in IE. I've personally tested it in Firefox but it may work in other browsers:
-moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 000px;
-webkit-border-radius-bottomleft: 000px;
-moz-border-radius-bottomright: 000px;
-webkit-border-radius-bottomright: 000px;
→ Other Resources:
- Flexible Squares Tutorial & How To Site

- I'm a Firefox convert. Get it.
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Updated 02/18/10
Yukinokomoriyukino on August 22nd, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
With regards to what I have commented, I stumbled onto this page and understand how to add header now.

Thanks! (:
Robynarobynsung on August 23rd, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
No prob =D
pouringwishespouringwishes on September 22nd, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Hi, um...
What, precisely, should I write when I credit? Or, better, who? Your lj (you) or the community?
Robynarobynsung on September 22nd, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
I'd prefer the community since it's more direct.
Just copy the text from the textbox at the top of this post =)
hautalken on October 8th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
I have a bit of a problem ;o;
I was using this layout, but the header links appeared shoved over to the right side of the sidebar and not the left where they should be '-' Is it for higher resolutions than 1024x768?
Robyntimeasmymeasure on October 9th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
As per the image preview, the header links are to the right of the sidebar on purpose.

Could you send me a screencap so I can better visualize it? I think I may be missing something in your question.

The resolution I use is 1280x960 and so I don't think it's that issue.

yehwellwhatever: facepalmyehwellwhatever on October 8th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
I'm using the light version of this layout, and I love it. I do have a question though, how do I get the same mini icons in front of the LJ-user names as shown in the preview? The standard ones looks really out of place.

ETA: Ignore me! It was just a couple of entries, far from all of them, so I don't know why it's not working in them.

Edited at 2009-10-08 09:54 am (UTC)
Robyn: peacetimeasmymeasure on October 9th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, alright =)
Though, I don't know why it would be doing that at all.
(no subject) - yehwellwhatever on October 9th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - arobynsung on October 9th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Carsoncarson_leigh on October 12th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'm using this layout http://community.livejournal.com/mintyapple/503485.html and was wondering if there is a way to add Back to Top or Top of Page link in the footer?
Robyntimeasmymeasure on October 13th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, in its default makeup, Flexible Squares doesn't have a "Back To Top/Top of Page" link.

There may be a way to add one, but I've never come across it.
I'd recommend asking around s2flexisquares, they might be able to provide more help.
(no subject) - carson_leigh on October 13th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
shaneziashanezia on October 13th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Help ;((
Hello, I've used your layout, http://community.livejournal.com/visualwit/31254.html#cutid2 . It was nice and simple, but I have a problem, is that for every post there's an image right, for this layout, but for mine, my image is my default user pic, not the pic in your layout.. I dont know why, can help me solve it? Thanks
Robyn: thoughtfultimeasmymeasure on October 13th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Re: Help ;((
That's because the userpics/icons in the entries match the userpics/icons you have connected to your account. It can't match the pics in my layout because those are connected to my account.

Follow the link below to add userpics/icons:

There are many icon communities where you can get pics that match your tastes. Just type "icons" in the LJ search bar and browse the communities that pop up.

If you're interested, this is my icon tag.

Hope this helped =)
Re: Help ;(( - shanezia on October 13th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Help ;(( - timeasmymeasure on October 13th, 2009 08:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
PellyX100: Zelda - SSBBpellyx100 on October 14th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I've been curious. Can we credit your layouts via the website link? If I link to your community, or the layout that's displayed, the link will show at the top of the page (for the layout I'm using anyway). Is this acceptable, or is this just something to which you're opposed?
Robynarobynsung on October 14th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
That's completely fine =)
cinnabun11cinnabun11 on October 24th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
hi :D
first of all, i'm really bad at all this layout stuff...
okay, i have a question about my header. i'm trying to put a header in my custom ccs, so i put the code you have up there under header image but when i put in the url and width/height and click save changes, it just doesn't load, it'll go to a blank page. i don't know what i'm doing wrong T-T
help please?
Robyntimeasmymeasure on October 24th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Mhmm, that is really weird.
When you paste it into the CSS, do you paste under the other code in the CSS textbox or do you replace all the code in the CSS with the header-code?
(no subject) - cinnabun11 on October 25th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - timeasmymeasure on October 25th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cinnabun11 on October 25th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - timeasmymeasure on October 25th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cinnabun11 on October 25th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - timeasmymeasure on October 25th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cinnabun11 on October 26th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mayey87mayey87 on October 28th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Is it also okay if I use and edit your stylesheet to make layouts and share the codes with others in other communities?
Robynarobynsung on October 28th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'd really prefer you didn't.
It takes a lot of time to get it together, and it's just general policy not to approve this.

However I'd really recommend the s2flexisquares site. They have the base code for the style system, and flexible squares is really easy to modify.
Adorehimling on October 30th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Oh man, thank you so much. It's working now, looks great. Turns out, I was doing it right all along, just hadn't filled out "width" and "height."
It's safe to use on my main journal then! :)
Robynarobynsung on October 30th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
Glad it worked out =)
brrlyn on November 25th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
Layout 34b : Blockade - colourized

I've snagged a layout for my lj and have also credited you.

However as I was customising the layout, I bumped into a problem. May I know if I can remove the title of my lj (which appears above the first entry) since I wish to create a header stating the name of my lj? I do not wish to appear repetitive.

With thanks,
Robyntimeasmymeasure on November 26th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: Layout 34b : Blockade - colourized

.title {

& add display: none;
you'll be smarter and you'll stay twenty-three.: ¢ » I'm lying just to keep you here.arie_turner on November 27th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
s2 flexible squares: Waiting In Vain
Is there a way to turn off the custom comment pages?
Robynarobynsung on November 27th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: s2 flexible squares: Waiting In Vain
Go to Customize Journal Style.

Under "Basic Options", you'll see 'Disable customized comment pages for your journal' as the fourth option. Make sure the dropdown box to it says "YES".

Save and you're done =)

This applies to pretty much all possible layouts on LJ, btw.
Re: s2 flexible squares: Waiting In Vain - arie_turner on November 28th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Robynarobynsung on December 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
That would be the control strip.

/*-- navigation bar --*/

table#lj_controlstrip td {
background-color: #fdfdfd;
background: url(http://i36.tinypic.com/2192ej4.png);
border: solid 0px #AB4F52;
border-bottom: 0px solid #AB4F52;

and change out the url above for yours =)
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(no subject) - arobynsung on December 3rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Tall stable girlrattlingbone on December 9th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm using this layout and have a question. I post a lot of photographs in my ljay-usually bigger size. this layout stretches them out and makes them not fit/look correct. Is there a way to fix this without having to go back and edit every entry of mine?

Thank you for your time.
Robynarobynsung on December 10th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)

.entry img {
max-width: 100px;

You can change dimensions to whatever size you want.
(no subject) - rattlingbone on December 10th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - arobynsung on December 11th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - rattlingbone on December 11th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
52965296 on January 1st, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Hello, I'm using one of your layouts and first I would like to sat that I love it, and I hope you don't mind the few changes I made.. ^^

I only have a couple of questions. Is possible to make a little space betqeen entries instead of being all in the same block? And also, is possible to add a background strip only to the footer?

Thank you^^
52965296 on January 2nd, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Never mind, I already figured both :D
(no subject) - arobynsung on January 3rd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC) (Expand)