Sue Brown of Hairy Harry's Car Seat and Isle of Where? fame, asked me how to make a table in Blogger like the one I use on my Sanctuary page (HERE). I thought I would share the back room stuff that enables you to use tables to layout things on your page and get that pesky lining up right. Use sparingly on your website.

Open Blogger and go to the admin *back end* or wherever you normally create a post and create a new post.

Click on the HTML button (top left under your user name)


This takes you to a blank page and in there copy paste the following code (everything in red):

<table border="1" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="10" style="width: 100%;">
<tbody>
<tr>
  <td>cover art here</td>
  <td>cover art here</td>
</tr>
<tr>
  <td>Blurb</td>
  <td>Blurb</td>
</tr>
</tbody></table>

Once you have done this press the COMPOSE button (top left just under your user name)



and you will see the following on your page:

cover art here cover art here
Blurb Blurb

Personally I don't like the lines around the boxes but leave them in for the time being as they are useful guides to where you need to post.

On this page, click inside this box where the first *cover art here appears* and highlight the words then click on the insert picture button on the toolbar and insert the image you want to use. Insert another piece of cover art in the other box to the right of it. Fill in the relevant blurbs and you will end up with something like this:


Morgan Drake witnesses a murder in an alleyway. He is the only person who can give evidence in prosecuting the cop responsible for the crime. 

When the FBI safe house where he’s being held is compromised, he follows the instructions of his agent in charge and runs.

Nik Valentinov works for Sanctuary, a foundation that offers witness protection when FBI security is questionable.

When Morgan's handler sends him to Nik for safety, neither Morgan nor Nik could imagine that two weeks alone in a cabin in the woods could start something more. 
Something way more than just trying to keep Morgan alive. Something that makes their heart race more than danger. Love.

Dale MacIntyre, former Navy SEAL, works for Sanctuary. He’s the acting handler for a member of the Bullen family’s inner circle. He’s close to obtaining the evidence he needs to prove Elisabeth Costain's death was ordered by them… until someone gets in his way.

Joseph Kinnon, active Navy SEAL, is back on U.S. soil for the first time in months, and he’s told the tragic news that his stepsister is dead, gunned down in an alley by an unknown assailant. He’s determined to find out who murdered her…until someone gets in his way.
They both want the same thing but have different methods of accomplishing their goals. They both want the Bullen family brought to account, but one wants justice and the other wants revenge. What happens between them, however, has nothing to do with either.

Tidying up your table

You'll notice this table has borders, and the text is central - also that the columns auto-size which makes it look untidy.

Removing borders - go to the HTML page and change the 1 in the table border to 0

<table border="1" will become <table border="0"

Ensuring columns stay at 50% and text is at top of the column - go to the HTML page and change the top row of code - the <td> part as follows:

<td valign="top" width="50%">

Doing this you end up with the following code:

<table border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="10" style="width: 100%;">
<tbody>
<tr>
  <td valign="top" width="50%">cover art here</td>
  <td valign="top" width="50%">cover art here</td>
</tr>
<tr>
  <td valign="top">Blurb</td>
  <td valign="top">Blurb</td>
</tr>
</tbody></table>


Table width

In addition you can resize your table so it fits nicely on your blogger page. My Blogger template has a main posting area of around 600 pixels wide so instead of "width: 100%;" I would type in 

"width: 600px;">

* * * * *

This is what your page would look like... all  tidied up.


I hope this helps... leave any questions below and I can try to answer them. :)


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