You might have noticed that things are looking a little different on DollfaceBlogs at the mo. I've always created my own layouts using my basic knowledge of HTML and web design which I have been teaching myself since the ripe old age of 14. However, things are a bit more complicated to achieve now and there are lots of things I just can't get my head around.
I spent a while trying to create the look I wanted for my blog, but just couldn't quite get the coding and design right, which really began to bug me as it was so close, but still not what I wanted.
I decided to have a look around at the vast array of designers and layout Gods that are drifting around the internet and stumbled across the wonderful PipDig. PipDig have a lovely selection of pre-made layout templates for Blogger and Wordpress hosted blogs, that can be used as is, or altered slightly to get the exact look you are after. If you can't find anything already showing on their website, they also offer a custom design service, so you really can get your blog exactly the way you want it.
I opted for the 'Little Lady' template, for blogger, with the addition of a drop down navigation menu, (go one, hover over the links in the navigation bar and see the wonderful options that drop down below).
You have two options when you purchase a blog template from PipDig. You can either receive the template code and install yourself, or the PipDig guys will install it for you. I opted for the guys to install it for me, that way I knew that any code that I hadn't got quite right before would be corrected, so everything would be in order. I simply arranged a time with Phil, (who was literally THE most helpful person when I was discussing what I wanted from my new template), he took over my blog for something like half an hour and it was done!
All the elements are editable, which is amazing. You can keep all your sidebar widgets from before, or add new ones in and even upload a new header image if you fancy it, which is what I've done.
Their prices for premade templates are really reasonable. I've seen people charging obscene amounts for really basic layouts and complicated DIY installs, so the prices of the PipDig layouts really appealed to me. Any additional extras can work out to be a little more pricey, but the guys are super helpful and accommodating to budgets which is fantastic.
So, if you're looking for a new layout for your blog, check out PipDig's website to see what they can do. They are super responsive on email as well, so if you have specific requirements then pop them a mail and I can guarantee they will do their utmost to help you!
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