Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How to Solve Ads Theme Blogger Template Blackout

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Today as I was checking my blog statistics, I was shocked when I see a blackout (literally) across the main content area of my blog. The screen shot below show how the blackout looked like.

Notice how my pictures and ads were showing fine, even the PPC advertising links served by InfoLinks were visible against the pitch black background. At first I panicked, I suspected that the blackout is due to the photobucket account hosting the images of the Ads Theme Blogger Template has run out of bandwidth. However I don't really have time to weed out the problem by going through hundreds of lines of code, and I considered changing to another theme, especially if this problem is going to last over a long period.

Fortunately though, I found the solution from the place where I downloaded this theme - eBlog Templates. This template has apparently been downloaded over 17,000 times, no wonder the bandwidth runs out. There were already about 10 comments complaining about Ads Theme Blogger Template not functioning. Anyway the good people at the URL above has shared the following solution (credit goes to funny guy and ramaraobobby mostly).

1. Search for the following code in your template codes (Dashboard -> Layout -> Edit HTML):
.contentwrapper{width:920px; margin:0 auto; margin-bottom:5px; background:#0000 url(http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh92/eblogtemplates/adstheme/sbbg.gif) repeat-y right}
2. Upload the sbbg.gif file to your own photobucket account or other free file hosts.
3. Replace the URL of the file:
.contentwrapper{width:920px; margin:0 auto; margin-bottom:5px; background:#FFFFFF url(http://www.free-file-host.com/your_account/sbbg.gif) repeat-y right}

That's all the steps. Save your template once you have replaced the original URL with your own. Your Ads Theme Blogger Template should be functioning perfectly again. No more Ads Theme Blogger Template Problem.

Before I fixed my theme, I googled for some blogger templates just in case the Ads Theme blackout is beyond (quick) repair. Here are some posts which showcase the best blogger themes there are, I shall not waste my efforts, so I will share the posts with you if you need some good blogger templates.

70 Fresh And Modern Blogger Templates
Roundup Of Best Blogger Templates
120 Best Free Blogger Templates Around
125 More Excellent Blogger Templates (The Best Yet!)

There are indeed many recurring themes among the four blog posts, those are certainly themes which are proven without doubt to be the best blogger theme there is. Pick whichever ones you like, they are all free.

P.S. I know it's weird, how could we access the sbbg.gif file if the photobucket account has run out of bandwidth? And how do we subsequently mirror it? It does not make absolute sense but I would not be digging deeper into how photobucket works and its bandwidth restrictions. Anyway photobucket is an absolutely great service, I applaud them for offering optional free service! You should check them out if you need a free photo or image hosting service.
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4 comments:

Online Business Resources said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I freaked out when I saw that my background had turned black!

BobbyT said...

You are welcome. I am glad I could help. You have a very neat blog there. Keep up the good work!

Holly White-Wolfe said...

I downloaded this template too, but for some reason my comments function is not working. Where you have post a comment, the link doesn't appear to be functioning. I read over all of the html and compared this to other html templates, and can not find an error for the life of me. Do you happen to know what to do??

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please reply to my post if you do!

I would appreciate if a staff member here at bobbytoat.blogspot.com could post it.

Thanks,
Jack

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