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Change Post Formatting According to Author.

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If you have a Team Blog made up of two authors you can change the formatting of the posts written by one author to differentiate them from the other author's posts. In a Team Blog the About Me Profile widget is replaced by a Contributors List widget. This lists the name of the authors linked to their profiles.

Note down the names since we will use one of them in implementing this hack...........


The style of the text and the background color are defined in the CSS Part of the Template. So we will paste the following code in the Template (You can add more style parameters if you want to) :

#author1 p{
margin:.25em 0 0;

Login at and click Layout link on Dashboard. On Page Elements tab click Edit Html subtab of Layout tab. In Edit Html tab click Download Full Template link to backup your Template to PC. Copy and Paste the code given above immediately above ]]></b:skin> tag in the Template Code box. Save Template.


First step here is to expand the Widgets Template. To do this click the Expand Widgets Template Checkbox on top right of the Template Code box. Scroll down in Template Code box to this code in the Blog Posts expanded widget code :

<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
<div class='post-body entry-content'>
<div class='post-body'>


<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
<div class='post-body entry-content'>
<b:if cond=' == "vin"'>
<div id='author1'>

Instead of 'vin' put in the profile name of an author of the blog EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON THE CONTRIBUTOR's LIST WIDGET ON THE BLOG.

Save Template. Clear Cache and View Blog.


Anonymous said...

Hey this is pretty cool, thanks!

I'm planning on setting up a blog with a few different authors, and this fits the bill nicely!

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Scott said...

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Vin said...


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See How to Increase Google Page Rank.

Howard said...

This works when there are two members. But I have a blog with three members, and I can't get it to work properly. I set up the styles for each of author1 and author2 just above the "b:skin" code. And then I replaced the lines of code with the new lines, with the name of author1 replacing "vin". Works well. But then I'm stumped.

If the post is by Author1, I want the text to be green. If it's by Author2, I want the text to be red. And if it's by anyone else, I want the text to be the default color. Using your example, I can get Author 1 and the default to work. But I can't figure out how to get Author2 to work. Everything I try is giving me really unusual results. What do I do?

Thanks for your help.

Vin said...


Try the loop statement :

<b:loop values='' var='author'>



Unknown said...

I looked up this advice, because I'm thinking of consolidating my separate blogs into one blog with posts. I now realize that I would have to give up my individual formatting of each blog, so perhaps I'll stay put. In general, messing with html in the template "scares" me. But I will tame myself and get familiar. It is very useful and liberating. Thank you.


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