You might be wondering why I have a photo of milk and donuts instead of something technical looking when I’m talking about slideshows. Well, I’m currently obsessed with the Donut Showdown program on TV and can’t stop thinking about them.
Do you know how long I spent trying to figure out how to make a slider for my blog? Too long. Hours of Googling. Painful amounts of searching. Finally, I went back to basics and found a really simple way of doing it. I’ve written it down here because it really shouldn’t be so stressful, and because we’re on Blogger doesn’t mean we can’t look, er, un-Blogger-like.
Okay, first you need to make your banners. However many you like, but remember of course, the more you have, the slower your site will be (or so I hear). I made four or five – and the amazing thing about this simple way of doing things is that you can change your slideshow photos as often as you like.
So, figure out how wide your banners needs to be (the width of your blog) and make them to the size you need. If you’re unsure of how wide your blog is, go to your browser, click Develop, Show Web Inspector, and the information is in there.
Once you have the images you need (I made mine in Photoshop, but you can use PicMonkey if you don’t have that – I love PicMonkey), you need to host them somewhere. I use Photobucket. Upload them.
Once they’re uploaded, copy the DIRECT link to your image, as shown below.
Now the fun part. Open a new window and go to the site HTML Basix. Input how often you’d like your banner to change images, and the dimensions of your banner. Then paste in your direct link as shown below. If you want people to be able to click your slideshow images, input the location that you’d like to link to in the box below each image.
Then click generate. The page will show coding similar to below:
Copy the code, then head over to your blog. Click Add a Gadget and find the HTML gadget.
Paste in the code and save.
Move the gadget to the head of your blog layout click save arrangement.
That’s it! Simple. After all of those hours of stressing, and it’s really simple. I hope this can save someone a headache.