Releasing Mind Blowing Magazine style Blogger Template "Falkner Press"

After the huge hit of my previous two Magazine style Blogger Templates Turnout Mag and SchemerMag, here is my latest yet another Mind Blowing Blogger Template "Falkner Press".
Yes! It's simply Mind Blowing with so many cool features including Automatic Thumbnails and Automatic Post summarize on homepage, Youtube video integration,etc.
This was converted from a wordpress theme designed by CamelGraph.com.

FalknerPress Blogger Template
Main Features:
* Automatic Thumbnails on posts
* Automatic Post Summarize
* Featured Content Slider
* Adsense ready
* PSD Custom Logo Included
* Youtube Video embedding Integrated
* Fully SEO Optimized
* Advertisement Block Ready
* 3 Columns
* Social Bookmarking Icons
* Twitter Updates widget
* Feedburner Email Subscription ready
* Thumbnails on Recent Posts in Sidebar
* Integrated Search box
* Beautiful top Navigation bar
* Cross-browser compatible
* and many more....

Step by Step Installation Guide:


(Make sure you backup your current template before installing any new template)

Step 0 : First Follow the basic installation steps here.

Step 1 : Edit the Logo

Edit the logoThe logo *psd (photoshop) file is included in the download file. Open it with Photoshop and Edit the logo and Save it in .jpg format.
Next, upload that image to some image host like tinypic, photobucket,etc.. and get the image link to that file.
Help : Don't have photoshop ? or don't know how to edit the logo ? Leave a comment here with your site name.. I'll make it for you..
If you want the logo quickly.. Post your request here. I'll quickly help you out!

Go to Layout » Edit html
Find this url

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_vSvTpKey5XI/ShV2BFNh9wI/AAAAAAAAASk/l1TGzogznQw/logo.jpg

and replace it with your image url.

Step 2 : Edit the top Navigation links

edit the top navigation links
Go to Layout » Edit html and find this code

<ul>

<li><a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl'>Home</a></li>

<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>About</a></li>

<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Archives</a></li>
<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Contact</a></li>


<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Disclaimer</a></li>


<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Forum</a></li>


<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Subscribe</a></li>


<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>History</a></li>


<li><a href='WEBSITE URL HERE'>Profiles</a></li></ul>



See the pattern..you can easily understand. Simply replace the WEBSITE URL HERE with your target url. Also, Edit the anchor texts to your liking (About,Archives,Contact,etc)

Step 3 : Edit the Latest Twits

Latest Twits widget
If you use twitter, You can use the integrated twitter twits widget. Simply find this


<a href='http://twitter.com/bloggertricks' id='twitter-link' style='display:block;text-align:right;'>follow me on Twitter</a>

</div>

<script src='http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js' type='text/javascript'/>

<script src='http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/bloggertricks.json?callback=twitterCallback2&amp;count=1' type='text/javascript'/>


and replace bloggertricks with your twitter id.

Don't use Twitter...? then simply delete this code from the template.

From...

<b:widget id='HTML5' locked='false' title='Twitter' type='HTML'>

...................

...............

<script src='http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/bloggertricks.json?callback=twitterCallback2&amp;count=1' type='text/javascript'/>

</div>

</div>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>

</b:includable>

</b:widget>


Step 4: Edit Feedburner Email subscription and Feed count Button

Edit Feedburner Email subscription and Feed count ButtonThis is another cool feature in this template.. built in Email subscription form and Feed count button.

Search for this line


http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=bloggertricksdotcom


and next, this line


<p><a href='http://feeds2.feedburner.com/bloggertricksdotcom'><img alt='' height='26' src='http://feeds2.feedburner.com/~fc/bloggertricksdotcom?bg=FD6D00&amp;fg=202931&amp;anim=1' style='border:0' width='88'/></a></p>


and Edit those urls to your feedburner links.
Don't have Feedburner yet ? You can signup here.

Step 5 : Add Youtube Video

Add Youtube Video

Go to Layout tab.. and you can see like this

Click on the edit and add your youtube code

Click on the edit button and paste your youtube video code.
Don't forget to change the width and height of the video to 250 x 190 px to fit perfectly in the layout. You can edit the width and height values in the youtube embed code.
Help: How to add Youtube videos to Blogger

Don't want Youtube Video Widget ? then, simply remove this code from the template.


<b:widget id='HTML2' locked='true' title='VIDEO (250 x 190)' type='HTML'>

<b:includable id='main'>

<!-- only display title if it's non-empty -->

<data:content/>

<b:include name='quickedit'/>

</b:includable>

</b:widget>

Step 6 : Setup Mini Updates (Recent Posts with thumbnails)

This template has inbuilt Recent Posts with Thumbnails widget. All you have to do is enter your blog url and it will do the rest.
Look for this code in the template

Mini Updates


home_page = &quot;http://falknerpress.blogspot.com/&quot;;


and replace the url with your Blog url.

Step 7 : Edit Social Bookmarking links

Be my Friend?

In the footer, you will see three widgets, 1.About me 2. Be my Frined? and 3. Advertisement widget.
The 1 & 3 widgets can be directly added by going to Layout tab.
All you need to edit is the second widget 'Be my Friend'. Using Social Bookmarking sites is a smart way to drive traffic to your sites.. So, if you don't have any of those accounts, Just take time to register..they are free and worth it :)

Find these lines:

<ul>


<li><a href='http://your-feedburner-url.com' target='_blank'>Subscribe</a></li>


<li><a href='http://digg.com/users/bloggertricks' target='_blank'>Digg</a></li>


<li><a href='http://www.facebook.com/people/bloggertricks' target='_blank'>Facebook</a></li>


<li><a href='http://bloggertricks.stumbleupon.com'>Stumble It!</a></li>


</ul>


</div>

<div class='share-list2'>


<ul>


<li><a href='http://technorati.com/faves?add=http://your-blog.blogspot.com/'>Technorati</a></li>


<li><a href='http://twitter.com/bloggertricks' target='_blank'>Twitter</a></li>


</ul>



and Edit them accordingly.

Step 8 : Featured Content Slideshow

Featured Content SlideshowCheck out the Live Demo to see how it looks.

Edit the Slideshow...
Go to Layout » Edit html and find these lines..
Observe the pattern, it's easy!
wait! First prepare your images... the images should be 490(width) x 280 (height) pixels. Use Photoshop or any other image editing software to crop the images to 490 x 280 px and then upload the images to some image host like photobucket,tinypic,etc.

Next, find this code

<div id='myGallery'>

<!-- First Picture Start -->

<div class='imageElement'>

<h3>Title One </h3>

<p/>

<a class='open' href='http://bloggertricks.com'/>

<img alt='Marley And Me' class='full' src='IMAGE URL'/>

<img alt='Marley And Me' class='thumbnail' src='http://54800.com/wp-content/uploads/a1.jpg'/>

</div>

<!-- First Picture End -->

.........................................

..........................................

</div>



The pattern is like this

<div id='myGallery'>


<!-- First Picture Start -->


<div class='imageElement'>


<h3>Title 1 </h3>


<p/>


<a class='open' href='LINK 1 '/>


<img alt='Marley And Me' class='full' src='URL OF IMAGE 1 '/>


</div>


<!-- First Picture End -->


<!-- Second Picture Start -->


<div class='imageElement'>


<h3>Title 2 </h3>


<p/>


<a class='open' href='LINK 2 '/>


<img alt='Marley And Me' class='full' src='URL OF IMAGE 2 '/>


</div>


<!-- Second Picture End -->


<!-- Third Picture Start -->


<div class='imageElement'>


<h3>Title 3 </h3>


<p/>


<a class='open' href='LINK 3 '/>


<img alt='Marley And Me' class='full' src='URL OF IMAGE 3 '/>


</div>


<!-- Third Picture End -->



</div>



Got it? Now edit those links and Save the Changes!!
Now, FalknerPress template is successfully installed!

Extras

Here are few more things you can learn about this template..
Adsense Color Codes:

Here is the Color Palattes you can use to perfectly blend your adsense ads in the layout

1. Adsense in Left sidebar:
Preview:

Adsense in left sidebar







Colors to use:

left sidebar colors









2. Adsense in Right sidebar:

Preview:
Adsense in right sidebar

Colors to use:

Right sidebar colors

3. Adsense just below Featured Content Slideshow:
(468 x 60px)

SAME COLORS as 2nd one







4. Adsense in Footer:
Colors to use:

Colors to use in footer


That's it guys! Hope you like the template :D

Like the template? or If you have any questions ? Comment here...

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