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BookLikes Tutorials

Navigating and Formatting: Features, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

To many of us (im)migrating to BookLikes from elsewhere, finding our way around this site, learning to use its functions and formatting content takes a bit of getting used to.  BookLikes operates basically like a blog with added features for interaction, so especially if you have a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can actually do more here than on other social networks such as Goodreads and Facebook.  The daunting thing, however, is that if you're less familiar with coding and webdesign, you're either stuck with the few, as-yet comparatively unattractive standard settings offered by BookLikes ... or you'll have to venture into the wild, wild world of webdesign and learn your ropes as you go.

In light of this, a number of folks have put together some truly awesome tutorials to help us all along – I thought instead of just reblogging them I might as well also collect the corresponding links in one place for ease of reference.  Please do remember to give credit to the authors if you reblog any of them (and FWIW, only a tiny minority 'em are actually at least partly by me; for the most part I'm just trying to help spread the word).  I started with the tutorials listed in this masterpost on customizing BookLikes and added further tutorials created before that or in the interim.

So here we go – to look at any of the tutorials, just click on their titles as listed/hyperlinked below.

 

The Basics – Ground Rules for All BookLikes Users

BookLikes: BookLikes Community Guidelines

BookLikes: BookLikes Community Guidelines Supplements & Official Statement

 

Site Features & Getting Started

Vysed: Spell it out for me...

BookLikes: Dashboard – A Place Where All Bookish Things Happen

BookLikes: Followers, Book Blog Directory Reminder & Import Updates

BookLikes: Comments Open For All & Add Shelf in Book Pop Up

BookLikes: Comments with New Options & Book Blog Directory Update

BookLikes: Shelf, Writing Reviews & Reblog Updates

BookLikes: Reading Progress Update

BookLikes: Let's Explore More & Tags and Comments Updates

BookLikes: Spoiler Tag & Top Reviewers

BookLikes: Blockquote Tag & Sync Updates

BookLikes: BookLikes -> Goodreads Synchronization

Scott Reads It: How To Transfer Shelves From Goodreads To Booklikes

MEslaymaker: About importing reviews

BookLikes: Discussion Rooms – Create Groups and Book Clubs

BookLikes: Thursday Candies: Publish a comment, Discussions stats, New themes

BookLikes: Thursday Release: "Sort by" on Shelf, Your Social Media Links and Blog Themes Preview

BookLikes: PM Your Friends on BookLikes - Personal Messages Are On

BookLikes: Reading in Progress Widget and Invite Friends

BookLikes: Keep Your Notes Organized – New Options for Notifications

BookLikes: New Posts on Your Dashboard Reminder

BookLikes: BookLikes Welcomes New Designer

 

Personalizing Your BookLikes Pages

BookLikes: Your Blog on BookLikes – Custom-Made

BookLikes: Thursday Release: "Sort by" on Shelf, Your Social Media Links and Blog Themes Preview

BookLikes: Edit Your Design Theme With HTML on BookLikes

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 1 – Back to basics. How to get started.

Litchick's Hit List: Easy Tips for Customizing Your BookLikes Blog

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: How to customize your BookLikes blog

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: Customizing your BookLikes blog Part 2

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: Masterpost Customizing BookLikes

Lyndi says ... : Blog Customization Resources

I'll think of a damn title later: Graphic resources for customizing your blog

Themis-Athena: PSA: Save your customized code in an offsite document!

BookLikes: BookLikes Welcomes New Designer

 

Individual Site Features
Adding and Customizing Pages of Your Own

Batgrl: Bookish Hooha: How to Create a Page Linked in Your Sidebar – For Your Profile or Whatever

AnHeC via Aly's Miscellany: How to get a 'profile' on Booklikes

AnHeC: New Personalization Features: Add Your Pages & Half Star Rating

AnHeC: Added pages – I can't read it! My background is dark and font is black! And I want to have a comment section!

 

Headers/Banners

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 2 – Back to basics. Adding a new header

AnHeC: How to change colour of text on your banner

 

Wallpaper and Background

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 3 – Back to basics. Main background change

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 6 – Back to basics. Changing the the colour of your sidebar background.

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 7 – Back to basics. Changing the the colour of your comments section.

AnHeC: A see-through background for comment section (100% text visibility)

Marianna: Do you have a see-through or colored comment section? – changing the width of your comment section

The Moonlight Library: How To Make Wallpaper Static

I'll think of a damn title later: Graphic resources for customizing your blog

 

Font Color & Style

AnHeC: FFFFFF – (*get it? No? Nvm. Pun intended) How to change font colour (text, links, comment section!) The whole shebang!

Three Rs: Fonts=Control

Lyndi says ... : How To: Easily Embed a Font

Marianna: Changing fonts in a post.

 

Moving and Customizing Followers/Following Counters

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 4 – Back to basics. Moving follower buttons.

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Part 5 – Back to basics. Changing the look of your follower buttons.

AnHeC: OMG, I really want to move/change my followers/following counters, because they're on my banner and that's not pretty!

Litchick's Hit List: How to Change Your Followers/Following to Something Fun
 

Customizing Book Counters

AnHeC: Your book counter – make it fun and pretty!

Three Rs: Changing the book counter background when using theme #3

 

Search Bar

AnHeC: Background for a ‘search bar’ – what to do when your background is dark and search bar in your menu have dissapeared.

 

Links

AnHeC: 'Reactive' links – round links on your 'shelf' page (different look for different 'state of link')

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: How to make your comments-icon a link

 

Widgets and Marquees

BookLikes: Reading in Progress Widget and Invite Friends

AnHeC: 'Reading Challenge' widget – how to make it appear on your site and some crude customization options

Silver Thistle: BookLikes Reading Challenge! Ready... Get Set... Read!

Silver Thistle:Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Adding Bells and Whistles – Booklikes Challenge Widget

MandyM: Tip: Exporting your "liked" quotes from goodreads ...

Themis-Athena: Adding a Scrolling Quotes Marquee to your Blog

 

Comments on Posts

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: How to make your comments-icon a link

BookLikes: Thursday Candies: Publish a comment, Discussions stats, New themes

BookLikes: Comments with New Options & Book Blog Directory Update

Sock Poppet at Play: How to Add a New Line in a Comment

AnHeC: A tip – let's clean our designated comments' pages regurarly (no more notification floods)

 

BookLikes Blog Posts and Reviews
Posting and Formatting

BookLikes: Shelf, Writing Reviews & Reblog Updates

BookLikes: Take Shortcuts with Dashboard and Reviews

MEslaymaker: About importing reviews

Batgrl: Bookish Hooha: Reformatting Your Old GR Reviews: How I'm Managing – Is There An Easier Way?

Debbie's Spurts: Review Posting Tips

BookLikes: Write About Many Books in One Post

BookLikes: Reading Progress Update

BookLikes: Your Shelves as Tags in Your Posts and Reviews

Petra X: BookLikes tags, a bonus way to use them

 

Shortened Posts and Page Breaks

BookLikes: Take Shortcuts with Dashboard and Reviews

Big Beardy Bloke Buried By Books and Angela @ Touch the Night: PSA – Shorten your posts in the feed!

Batgrl: Bookish Hooha: Your Friend, The Page Break

 

Reading Status Updates

Moonlight Reader: The Master Post Theory

Samir's Critical Corner: Progress update bars!

Ami's Hoard: How to Update Your Reading Progress (Percentage But No Text)

 

Half Stars

AnHeC: New Personalization Features: Add Your Pages & Half Star Rating

 

Integrating Formatting and Style into HTML Code in Individual Posts or Pages

Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia: This is a test post, it won't bite – contains code and demonstrates integrated formatting for colors, borders, spans, blockquotes, margins, font style and size, and text-align properties

 

Spoilers

BookLikes: Spoiler Tag & Top Reviewers

bookaneer: DIY Spoilertags!

Helen, the Hermit: Spoiler tags

Batgrl: Bookish Hooha: Testing an Anti-Spoiler Method To See If I Can Get It To Work...

 

Blockquotes

BookLikes: Blockquote Tag & Sync Updates

Silver Thistle: Customizing BookLikes Tutorial – Adding Bells and Whistles – Blockquotes

 

Blogging (and Reblogging)

Bookivorous: Don’t Write That, Write This! How To Be An Awesome Blogger (external link to referenced article here)

BookLikes: Shelf, Writing Reviews & Reblog Updates

Moonlight Reader: Reblog-tiquette

Sock Poppet at Play: ReBlogging, the Sock Poppet Way (Do you dare try it?)

Witty Little Knitter: How To: avoid loosing the original source of a post

Ostensibly A, with an addendum by Themis-Athena: Reblogging Reviews (or not)

 

User Shelves and Book Pages

Scott Reads It: How To Transfer Shelves From Goodreads To Booklikes

BookLikes: Thursday Release: "Sort by" on Shelf, Your Social Media Links and Blog Themes Preview

Steve McKinney: Customizing Shelf Sort Order

BookLikes: Batch Edit on Your Shelf

AnHeC: Batch edits – where to find them and how do you eat that?

BookLikes: Exclusive Status For Your Books On BookLikes

My slice of heaven: How to make your exclusivity shelves visible

MandyM: Searching for books on your own shelves

Istyria book blog: Shelve it!

BookLikes: Your Shelves as Tags in Your Posts and Reviews

Petra X: BookLikes tags, a bonus way to use them

BookLikes: Shelf, Writing Reviews & Reblog Updates

BookLikes: "Update" at the end of Discussion Rooms – Create Groups and Book Clubs: Add missing book covers to the books on your shelves

Steve McKinney: Adding Title and Author To Books With No Cover Picture

 

Navigation, Filtering and Sourcing

BookLikes: Take Shortcuts with Dashboard and Reviews

Evaine's Books, Books and More Books via Debbie's Spurts: "Go To Page" in Shelf Table View

MandyM: Searching for books on your own shelves

Rachel the Book Harlot: How To Find A Specific Review On Your Dashboard Blog Page

Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia: Just the reviews, and nothing but the reviews

Krazykiwi @ Kiwitopia: How to use tags to fake a group on BookLikes

Marianna: Using BookLikes URLs to search for tags by name

Witty Little Knitter: How To: avoid loosing the original source of a post

BookLikes: Keep Your Notes Organized – New Options for Notifications

AnHeC: Not a tutorial – just a tip about notifications!

 

Zooming In and Out/Browser Issues/Page Display

AnHeC: A simple tip – everything is too big? Zoom out.

 

Blocking Users

AnHeC: Blocking users – what if I want to block an author and he isn't following me?

 

Tracking Site Visits (... without getting tracked yourself)

Karlynp & The Doggone World: Setting up Google Analytics

Petra X: How to Stop Google Analytics Tracking you on BookLikes

 

Other BookLikes Tutorial Collections

Silver Thistle: Tutorials

Debbie's Spurts: How-To's

AnHeC: My tutorials

Amaranth: Tutorials

MandyM: Booklikes Tutorials

Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?: Masterpost Customizing BookLikes

All Posts tagged as "Tutorial": one-page summary collection and Dashboard version

BookLikes Blog Posts: All Posts tagged as "Thursday Release"one-page summary collection and Dashboard version

 

BookLikes User Suggestions, Wishes, Bug Reports, Tips, Questions, and Commentary

BookLikes: Make Your Wish on BookLikes – ever-growing discussion in the post's comments section

BookLikes – Official Group: Main page (showing all threads)

BookLikes – Official Group: Discussion: Feature Requests

BookLikes – Official Group: Discussion: Bug Reports

BookLikes – Official Group: Discussion: Questions

BookLikes – Official Group: Discussion: lessons for dummies

Reviewers' Lounge: Discussion: BookLikes Tips and Links

 

Other Useful Sites

Google Font Collection: http://www.google.com/fonts

Color Codes: http://html-color-codes.info/

Color Names: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css_colornames.asp

Color Picker: http://mudcu.be/sphere/

Color Blender: http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/color-blend/

CSS Reference: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/

CSS Tools: http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/

Interactively testing custom CSS: http://dabblet.com/

Interactively testing custom Javascript: http://jsfiddle.net/

URL Decoder/Encoder: http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/dencoder/

 

If you've seen any other helpful tutorials, do let me know and I'll add those as well!