QUICK ONE: Tweaked the blog a little...
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(QUICK ONES are bigger than a tweet, but not much!)
Today I made a few tweaks to the blog which you might want to try as well if you use the Community tools. First, I added the features. If you've set up a custom blog template, like I did in "Using CSS Sprites in your developerWorks Community blog", then you are pretty much set up for this. Simply go into Settings, Preferences, Templates in your blog and edit the _options file. Search for the word "feature" and you'll be taken to a section like the following:
You can change the featured-tag to anything that you like. Then anything that you tag with that will be added to the features widget. Note that you must have at least two items tagged this way before the features will appear. You can also decide if the widget should appear on every page or just the home page. I'm doing every page for now, but may change that if you find it annoying.
Next, I decided that I didn't like the button that leads you to the features.
The standard button looks like the one below:
I made this image with some clip art and am releasing it into the public domain. Feel free to use it for anything you like.
Once I made the graphic, I had to find the code where that graphic was defined. Basically I right-clicked the existing image and found its URL. Then I went into Settings, Preferences, Templates and opened the Weblog file, which contains all the major functions. I did a search for the filename "fea
I imagine that you could use the CSS Sprite technique to make it a little shinier. A few tricks like this and your blog could really start to reflect you!