Reader Questions: Quick Answers on Coding & Freelance


Beverly said,

Usually when I go to a blog the blogger has a picture of them and then a little summary of there blog next to it,  but on my blog I only have a picture of myself but I cant seem to get a little summary about my blog next to my photo of myself . What should I do and how can I fix my dilemma. Thank you very much for your help.

I find that many Blogger users add photos using an image gadget, but what I would actually recommend is using an text gadget to add your photo (you’ll need to know a little code) and blog intro in one block.

Laura said,

What resolution would you suggest folks use when posting photos on blogs?

72 pixels per inch – we want to make sure those photos load fast! You’ll only need a larger resolution for print. Also make sure to size your photos to the width of your blog – loading full-size photos will slow down your site as well.

Jess said,

Hi Sarah, About a month ago I made my sidebar fixed with CSS. Unfortunately I didn’t save that tutorial (stupid move) and I want to remove it and make it “un-fixed.” I can’t find a tutorial anywhere…I have a lot more content that I would like to add but with my sidebar being fixed it won’t let me add too much content. Please help! Thank you!

A little CSS lesson for future layout tweaking :) When you make an element fixed you’re using CSS positioning. There are multiple properties to choose from, but you’ll likely just need to take out the position property altogether.

Cindy said,

I purchased my theme from a large theme company. Is it wrong for me to make tweaks to it? Should I abandon this theme all together after I have made too many changes?

It depends on the policies of the theme creator. Every theme should come with or have a link to stipulations on what it may be used for, how it may be used, and whether it may be deconstructed, reconstructed, or re-sold. I can say, personally, when I see one of my themes has been extensively altered, it kinda sucks. I make them affordable because they are an advertisement for my work and have posted in my shop policies and in the instructions that come with each template that it may not be edited. So, I would check any extra materials that came with the template files or the site you purchased it from. There are lots of themes that are editable and yours might be one of them!

Julie said,

I was wondering if you’d be willing to share the contract that you use with your web design clients or maybe an outline of what should be included in a contract? I’ve mostly been doing web design for friends so never really felt a need to have a contract but now that my business is growing, I know I’m going to need to cover my ass! I have I feeling that if I were to just take a stab at writing one, I’d end up in a lot of “oops, should have put that in the contract!” moments where I end up learning the hard way!

It’s your lucky day! I already have an article on creating a contract that you might find helpful. You don’t have to create a contract and live with it forever. Adjust as you go – clients will bring up questions, you’ll find things that can be taken out or added and if you run into that oops moment just fix it for next time.

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  1. Anna says

    Hi! I was wondering if you could answer how you started getting enough freelance clients to quiet your job? I know you mentioned before that your blog was a big percentage of how you got clients, but what did you do before your blog really took off to find them?