Multi Hover Effect On Blogger Images Using Pure CSS

Today I'm going to show you how to add an amazing mouseover effect for Blogger images using only CSS, in which moving your mouse over an image from different directions (from above, from below, etc) will cause an overlay transitioned in from the same vector. This trick will change not only the images appearance when moving mouse over them, but will also allow you to add inside a text with a description.

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You can see the effect on this image below: try moving your mouse from the left, right, and above.

hover right hover top hover left hover bottom

Adding Hover Effect From Different Directions on Blogger Images

First thing to do is to add the CSS style to our Template:

Step 1. From Blogger Dashboard, go to Template and press the Edit HTML button



Step 2. Search for the </head> tag - to find it, click anywhere inside the code area, press CTRL + F keys and type it in the search box.


Step 3. After you found it, add the following style just above it: 
<style>
  /* The container and the image */
  div.multi-hover {
    overflow: hidden;
    position: relative;
    vertical-align: middle;
    width: 100%;
    height: 358px;
    line-height: 358px;
  }
  div.multi-hover img {width: 100%;}

/* The texts that, by default, are hidden */
  div.multi-hover span {
    color: #FFF;
    font-size: 32px;
    font-weight: bold;
    height: 100%;
    opacity: 0;
    position: absolute;
    text-align: center;
    transition: all 0.3s linear 0s;
    width: 100%;
  }

/* And this is what will generate the effect */
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(1) { /* right */
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 rgba(255, 189, 36, 0.6);
    left: 90%;
    top: 0;
  }
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(2) { /* top */
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 rgba(106, 170, 255, 0.6);
    left: 0;
    top: -80%;
  }
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(3) { /* left */
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 rgba(204, 87, 166, 0.6);
    left: -90%;
    top: 0;
  }
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(4) { /* bottom */
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0  rgba(97, 181, 115, 0.6);
    left: 0;
    top: 80%;
  }

  div.multi-hover span:hover {opacity: 1;}
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(2n+1):hover {left: 0;}
  div.multi-hover span:nth-child(2n):hover {top: 0;}

</style>
Step 4. Save the Template

Now we are going to add the HTML that is nothing but a DIV where we included four SPAN tags with texts and an image:

Step 5. Choose Posts, create a New Post, click on the HTML tab (1) and paste this code inside the empty box:
<div class=multi-hover>
  <span>hover right</span>
  <span>hover top</span>
  <span>hover left</span>
  <span>hover bottom</span>
  <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iNaV2hPrI7Y/UaNY2q0ETiI/AAAAAAAADio/TjGwDktvlPQ/s1600/flowers">
</div>
Add your own text/description to "hover right", "hover top", "hover left" and "hover bottom" (2) and replace the url in blue with the image URL (3) where you want to apply the effect.

Important! Do not click on the Compose tab, otherwise the changes will be lost.


Step 6. After you finished editing your post, click Publish (4)

And that's it... enjoy! :)

How To Add Social Media Icons to Blogger Header

social media icons, facebook icons, social media icons for bloggerThis tutorial will help you to add social media icons in the top right corner of the page which could increases the likelihood that readers can follow through the various social networks. There are several ways to do this, like adding a new widget section to the blog header but now, we'll do it using an unordered list that uses icons of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blog feed, and as a bonus, the icons will rotate when you hover over them.

You can see a demo in this test blog.


Adding Social Media Icons to Blogger Header

Step 1. From your Blogger dashboard, go to Template and click on the Edit HTML button:

blogger blogspot, blogger template, blogger gadgets

Step 2. To expand the style, click on the small arrow on the left of <b:skin>...</b:skin> (screenshot 1), then click anywhere inside the code area to search (using CTRL + F) for the ]]></b:skin> tag (screenshot 2) and add this code just above it:

 /* Social icons for Blogger
----------------------------------------------- */

#social-icons {
margin-bottom:-30px;
height:50px;
width:100%;
display:block;
clear:both;
z-index: 2;
position: relative;
}
.social-media-icons {
display:table
}
.social-media-icons ul {
text-align:right;
padding:5px 5px 0 0
list-style-image:none;
list-style-position:outside;
list-style-type:none;
}
.social-media-icons ul {
margin-bottom:0;
padding:0;
float:right;
}
.social-media-icons li.media_icon {
margin-left:6px;
padding-left:0 !important;
background:none !important;
display:inline;
float:left;
}
.social-media-icons li:hover {
-moz-transform: rotate(360deg);
-webkit-transform: rotate(360deg);
-o-transform: rotate(360deg);
transform: rotate(-360deg);
-moz-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;
-webkit-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;
-o-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;
-ms-transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;
transition: all 0.5s ease-in-out;
}

Screenshot 1:


Screenshot 2:


Step 3. Now search for this line

<b:section class='header' id='header' maxwidgets='1' showaddelement='no'>

Step 4. And just above it, add this code:

<div class='social-media-icons' id='social-icons'>
<ul>

<li class='media_icon'><a href='http://facebook.com/username'><img border='0' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hJlnVDP-uXk/UaKErpYECEI/AAAAAAAADhA/DA59rR8trrA/s1600/Facebook.png'/></a></li>

<li class='media_icon'><a href='http://twitter.com/#!/username'><img border='0' src='http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-x7YZ7aKIxM8/UaKErq0FZlI/AAAAAAAADhE/3zNd_IFPT8g/s1600/Twitter.png'/></a></li>

<li class='media_icon'><a href='https://plus.google.com/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/about'><img border='0' src='http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DNSrkD8pl14/UaKEsW_JdfI/AAAAAAAADhU/S0jGIdQuO4M/s1600/googleplus.png'/></a></li>

<li class='media_icon'><a href='http://name-of-your-blog.com/feeds/posts/default'><img border='0' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H3nOjhn9wk8/UaKErtM0_mI/AAAAAAAADg8/vJ8tEgRcl5M/s1600/RSS.png'/></a></li>

</ul></div>

Customization

- Change what's in red with your usernames and id: the first is your Facebook username, the second is that of Twitter, in the third you should change the X by the ID of your Google+ profile and in the fourth you will put the name of your blog.
- To change the icons, just replace the urls in blue with the ones of your images.
- You can add more icons if you want, you just have to add before </ul></div> a line like this for each extra icon you want:

<li class='media_icon'><a href='Link URL'><img border='0' src='Image URL'/></a></li>

Step 5. Finally, Save the Template to apply the changes.

The effect is done with CSS3, so this effect will not work in older browsers.

Fading Box With Newer/Older Posts Links and Titles for Blogger

The navigation links are those that appear at the bottom of the page that says "Older Posts", "Newer Posts" and "Home" and help us to move through the blog posts. This tutorial will show you how to change the word "Older Posts" and "Newer Posts" for post titles and make these to appear in a box "fading" when you scroll down the page.
blogger gadgets, navigation for blogger

You can see it in action on this demo blog - when you scroll down, the navigation links will appear showing the post titles for the older/newer entries.

This way to display the navigation links will be seen only in individual entries, while those on the homepage and other parts of the blog will still be displayed as usual.

How to Add Navigation Box with Newer & Older Posts on Blogger

Step 1. From your Blogger Dashboard, go to Template > Edit HTML, click anywhere inside the code area and search - using CTRL + F - for this line:

<b:include name='nextprev'/>

Screenshot:

Step 2. REPLACE the code above with this one:

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
<b:include name='nextprev'/>
</b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<div id='blog-pager-box'>
<h4>Other posts published:</h4>
<b:include name='nextprev'/>
</div>
</b:if>

Note: you can change the "Other posts published" title with your own

Step 3. Now add just above </head> the following code:

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<script src='http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js' type='text/javascript'/>
<script>
// <![CDATA[
$(function() {
$('#blog-pager-box').toggle()
.css({
width: '520px',
height: '150px',
position: 'fixed',
padding: '1em',
bottom: 0,
right: 0,
background: 'url(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2qUvFgMRqk4/UaD7GSA7C8I/AAAAAAAADbI/eh-qGOnAmeM/s1600/paper.jpg)'
});

$(window).scroll(function() {
if($(this).scrollTop() > 100) {
$('#blog-pager-box').fadeIn();
} else {
$('#blog-pager-box').fadeOut();
}
});
});
$(document).ready(function(){
var newerLink = $("a.blog-pager-newer-link").attr("href");
$("a.blog-pager-newer-link").load(newerLink+" .post-title:first", function() {
var newerLinkTitle = $("a.blog-pager-newer-link:first").text();
$(".blog-pager-newer-link").html("<div>Newer Posts:</div>" + newerLinkTitle);
});
var olderLink = $("a.blog-pager-older-link").attr("href");
$("a.blog-pager-older-link").load(olderLink+" .post-title:first", function() {
var olderLinkTitle = $("a.blog-pager-older-link").text();
$(".blog-pager-older-link").html("<div>Older Posts:</div>" + olderLinkTitle);
});
});
// ]]>
</script>

<style type='text/css'>
<!--
#blog-pager-box {
box-shadow: 0 0 3px #AEAEAE;
z-index:9;
}

#blog-pager-box h4 {
margin:0;
padding:0;
color:#4898B9; /* Widget's title color */
font-size:16px; /* Title font size */
}

#blog-pager-newer-link {float:left;clear:both;line-height:30px;}
#blog-pager-older-link {float:left;clear:both;line-height:30px;}
.home-link {display:none;}
.blog-pager-older-link, .blog-pager-newer-link {
background-color: transparent !important;
background-image: none !important;
border:0 !important;
color: #4B4B4B !important; /* Color of the links */
float: left;
width: 500px;
clear:both;
}

a.blog-pager-older-link:hover, a.blog-pager-newer-link:hover {
text-decoration:none !important;
}
 
a.blog-pager-newer-link:before {
content: url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2hKXB7FANlI/UaD_wh_InyI/AAAAAAAADbs/S0H4hok2te0/s1600/back.png);
float:left;
}
a.blog-pager-older-link:before {
content: url(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VPxzgLQCgrM/UaD_tGXPfnI/AAAAAAAADbk/owLQci4BaYY/s1600/forward.png);
float:left;
}
#blog-pager {
width:500px;
background-color: transparent !important;
background-image: none !important;
border:0 !important;
text-align:left;
}
 
#blog-pager div {
color:#0577AB; /* Color for the "Newer Posts" and "Older Posts" text */
font-weight:bold;
margin-bottom: -5px;
}
a#blog-pager div:hover {
text-decoration:none !important;
color:#4898B9; /* Color for the "Newer Posts" and "Older Posts" text */
}
-->
</style>
</b:if>

Note that this gadget uses jQuery, so try to have only one version.


Customization:


- There are three URLs in blue, the first is the paper background image for the box, the other two are the icons that correspond to the arrows. You can replace these with your own.
- In green you can see where to change the text colors.
- The red number is the distance in pixels that activates the gadget, this means that the box will appear when you scroll down the 100px. You can use a higher value if your posts are usually long and therefore the "height" of the scroll is greater.

Step 4. Now, Save the Template and that's it!

You can also change the "Older Posts" and "Newer Posts" links with posts titles or images.

New Blogger Widget: Contact form - Change Style & Install in a Static Page

Just a few days ago, Blogger introduced a new widget. It is about a contact form that you can add to your blog easily. It is very basic, because - at least for now, does not permit incorporating files or send anything other than plain text.

The contact form for Blogger has the following features:
  • Field for the user name
  • Field for email
  • Field for the message (textarea)
  • Submit Button
Screenshot
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 The design is simple and the text colors inherit the section where you add it. At the moment, this widget has no configuration options and is not available for dynamic views.

How to Add Contact Form to Blogger

To add it to your blog, just select the Layout tab, then click on Add a gadget in the section you want to show, for example, in the sidebar. Then, select the More gadgets tab and add the Contact Form gadget.


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Styling Contact Form


As the background is transparent, the form will integrate well, aesthetically speaking, but nevertheless it is easy to modify using Style Sheets (CSS) to the appropriate selectors. Here's an example:

/* Contact Form Container */
.contact-form-widget {
width: 500px;
max-width: 100%;
margin: 0 auto;
padding: 10px;
background: #F8F8F8;
color: #000;
border: 1px solid #C1C1C1;
box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.25);
border-radius: 10px;
}

/* Fields and submit button */
.contact-form-name, .contact-form-email, .contact-form-email-message {
width: 100%;
max-width: 100%;
margin-bottom: 10px;
}

/* Submit button style */
.contact-form-button-submit {
border-color: #C1C1C1;
background: #E3E3E3;
color: #585858;
width: 20%;
max-width: 20%;
margin-bottom: 10px;
}

/* Submit button on mouseover */
.contact-form-button-submit:hover{
background: #4C8EF9;
color: #ffffff;
border: 1px solid #FAFAFA;
}

This is how it will look like after applying the style:
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To add this style, go to Template > Edit HTML, click on the sideways arrow next to <b:skin>...</b:skin> and paste the code just above ]]></b:skin> (press CTRL + F to find it):


How To Add Contact Form In A Static Page


First step is to add the Contact Form gadget (Layout) and second, to edit the template (Template > Edit HTML) to remove most of the gadget. You have to search for the id "ContactForm", expand the widget by clicking on the black arrow on the left (same with the includable) and then delete the part that I have colored in red (see below):

Part to be removed:

  <b:widget id='ContactForm1' locked='false' title='Contact Form' type='ContactForm'>
    <b:includable id='main'>
  <b:if cond='data:title != &quot;&quot;'>
    <h2 class='title'><data:title/></h2>
  </b:if>
  <div class='contact-form-widget'>
    <div class='form'>
      <form name='contact-form'>
        <p/>
        <data:contactFormNameMsg/>
        <br/>
        <input class='contact-form-name' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-name&quot;' name='name' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
        <p/>
        <data:contactFormEmailMsg/> <span style='font-weight: bolder;'>*</span>
        <br/>
        <input class='contact-form-email' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-email&quot;' name='email' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
        <p/>
        <data:contactFormMessageMsg/> <span style='font-weight: bolder;'>*</span>
        <br/>
        <textarea class='contact-form-email-message' cols='25' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-email-message&quot;' name='email-message' rows='5'/>
        <p/>
        <input class='contact-form-button contact-form-button-submit' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-submit&quot;' expr:value='data:contactFormSendMsg' type='button'/>
        <p/>
        <div style='text-align: center; max-width: 222px; width: 100%'>
          <p class='contact-form-error-message' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-error-message&quot;'/>
          <p class='contact-form-success-message' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_contact-form-success-message&quot;'/>
        </div>
      </form>
    </div>
  </div>
  <b:include name='quickedit'/>

</b:includable>
  </b:widget>

After you have saved the template, go to Pages and paste the following code into a new blank page with the title you want:

 <div class='widget ContactForm' id='ContactForm1'>
  <div class='contact-form-widget'>
    <div class='form'>
      <form name='contact-form'>
        <p>Name<p>
        <input class='contact-form-name' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-name' name='name' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
        <p>E-mail *</p>
        <input class='contact-form-email' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-email' name='email' size='30' type='text' value=''/>
        <p>Message *</p>
        <textarea class='contact-form-email-message' cols='25' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-email-message' name='email-message' rows='5'></textarea>
        <input class='contact-form-button contact-form-button-submit' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-submit' type='button' value='Submit'/>
        <p class='contact-form-error-message' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-error-message'></p>
        <p class='contact-form-success-message' id='ContactForm1_contact-form-success-message'></p>
      </form>
    </div>
  </div>
</div>

Messages will be sent to the same email that you have registered in Blogger.

Here's a demo page where you can test it (it is an account that I don't use, so don't expect reply).


That's it! If you have any questions or comments please post below.