How To Incorporate Responsive Design Into Blogger Blogs

This is a guest post by Myriam.

A blog without Responsive Design? No thanks. Today we live in a society that is smart, always on the go. Most people use their smartphones to browse through the internet. If you still have a site that looks horrible on portable devices, you should change that. Immediately.

It is common knowledge that Google does not update Blogger fast enough. Blogger offers mobile templates, but they are not really appealing and if you like to play within your blog design it happens pretty fast that the looks of your desktop and mobile version differ a lot. In addition, there are tablets now. The mobile version does not work on tablets, but desktop versions do require zooming.

The only way out is writing your own responsive template. Not only does this enable you to control the looks of your blog on different devices, but you can also break free from the blogger form and achieve a look that does not scream: "Hey, I'm a Blogger blog!"


Responsive Design in a Nutshell

The basic characteristic of a responsive page is the fact that the site adjusts to the width available. You won't find any vertical scrollbars. To create a responsive design you just have to stay away from fixed widths. So don't use pixels, or at least add max-widths. You also want to make use of media queries.


How To Make A Responsive Blogger Blog - in 5 Steps

An Example - Timelapse Template

I find it easiest to explain how to write a responsive blogger template if I use an example. So that's what I'm gonna do. The example I'm using is one of my templates called: Timelapse. You can check out the Demo Page to see it in action.

The basic idea behind this template was to create a timeline-like home page. The first post taking up some more space and the next ones alternating sides.

The home page does not showcase any widgets, but if you click on the posts there is a classic sidebar where you can pop in widgets. There is no header but space for a "Brand" in the navbar added.


What you need

Before jumping right into it there's some stuff you need.

  • HTML and CSS Skills

    Obviously. You need to be quite comfortable with HTML and CSS because you are coding a page all by yourself. This is quite an advanced example. If you don't feel ready for this, maybe you want to check out some of my easier responsive template tutorials: Hearts in Wonderland Tutorial | Argyle Creme Tutorial

  • A Blogger Testblog with some posts

    Yes, do not build a new template in your existing blog, because you can mess things up quite easily, especially when doing more "experimental" work. Also do add some posts, in which you feature images. Also since this blog works with jumplinks and first images, you want to add jumplinks, and make sure the image is placed somewhere after the jumplink in order for Timelapse to look as intended.

  • Color Scheme, Webfonts, Font Awesome

    Before you start you want to have the hint of an idea of the final look. I knew I wanted something modern and more cool-toned. So I chose a background from Subtle Patterns, a Sans Serif Webfont and a Color Palette that seemed to be appropriate for the intended effect. I also wanted to use arrows as page navigators, so I used Font Awesome as well.

  • Bootstrap

    Because I'm a lazy person and don't want to write all the CSS by myself, I'm using Bootstrap to add some basic style. Also Bootstrap does have some very nice components, like the navbar I used.

  • Five

    Now for the most important thing when writing a blogger template. Oliver, who's the author of the German Tutorial blog 5202 created a blogger base all by himself: five. He rewrote the blog widget and the basic code. What's the major difference to the simple template is the fact that there are not as many div-containers. It is perfect to customize.

    He does have two different versions out. There is the "classic version" only using the G+-Comments and a version which does also have the old comment form, which I know a lot of people still prefer. If you use the classic version you still can enable the Google Comments, so that's what I used: five classic_comments.

Step 1: Sketching

The first thing you always want to do is create a "sketch" of what you want to build. So a basic structure. You also want to think of a version that does look good on a more narrow screen width. Usually my sketches look like this. But since with this template I wanted to go a step back from the classic look I did include the different articles in my design. I actually created 4 different sketches.

  • Wide Screen

    With sketching I like to start off with the "full" look of my site, even though I will code the narrow view first. As said before, I was inspired by a timeline. I knew I wanted to create a blog without a header, so the first post was allowed to take up some more space. I wanted it to be wide and centered whereas the other posts should be hanging on each side of the timeline in alternating order and each post to have a little triangle to point at the line.

    For the "non index"-pages I wanted to keep up the basic style of the page, so still no header, but a sidebar. The look of the post itself is like the first post on the index page.

    Codewise I used a basic markup of a all-containing container, with a content-container in which the articles are and a sidebar container, where you can add the widgets. The markup remains unchanged all the time, so actually everything is done using CSS.

    Wide Index Sketch

    Wide Non-Index Sketch

  • Narrow Screen

    I wanted the look of the index page on narrow screens to still have the same feel to it, as the wide version. But because there's not enough space keeping each post on the right and the line remains on the left. The non index pages do not have to be changed a lot, but the sidebar moves from the right of the post to underneath it, as soon as there is not enough space for it anymore.

    Narrow Index Sketch

    Narrow Non-Index Sketch

Step 2: Prep basic code
Okay, now the fun can start. You want to take five and start building your own markup. Include Fonts, CSS's, JavaScripts and make the changes you need. I did adjust some of the code, removed the header and added my container structure. When you're done. Copy your code and log into your blogger. You want to open up the code of your testblog. Delete everything that's in there and paste your HTML. Since you have no CSS in there yet besides Bootstrap it won't look special at all. Just white with your content in there. My mode at this stage look like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html b:version='2' xmlns='http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml' xmlns:b='http://www.google.com/2005/gml/b' xmlns:data='http://www.google.com/2005/gml/data' xmlns:expr='http://www.google.com/2005/gml/expr'>

<head>
<meta content='width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1' name='viewport'/>
<title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>
<b:include data='blog' name='all-head-content'/>

<!-- Bootstrap CSS -->
  <link href='//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.2/css/bootstrap.min.css' rel='stylesheet'/>

<!--Font Awesome-->
  <link href='//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.0.3/css/font-awesome.css' rel='stylesheet'/>

<!-- Lato Webfont -->
   <link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lato:300italic,300,700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'/>

<b:skin><![CDATA[*/
]]></b:skin>
<b:template-skin><![CDATA[
 /* CSS CODE */
]]></b:template-skin>
</head>

<body expr:class='&quot;loading&quot;  + data:blog.mobileClass +  &quot; &quot;  + data:blog.pageType'>

<!-- Here Comes The Navbar -->

<div class='container'>
  <div class='content'>
    <div class='line'/>
<b:section class='main' id='main'>
  <b:widget id='Blog1' locked='false' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'>
    <b:includable id='main' var='top'>

<!-- posts -->
      <b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>      
<b:include data='post' name='post'/>      
  </b:loop>
      <div class='clear'/>
<!-- navigation -->
      <div class='pager'><b:include name='nextprev'/></div>

</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='backlinkDeleteIcon'/>
    <b:includable id='backlinks'/>
    <b:includable id='comment-form' var='post'>
  <div class='comment-form'>
    <a name='comment-form'/>
    <b:if cond='data:mobile'>
      <h4 id='comment-post-message'>
        <a expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_comment-editor-toggle-link&quot;' href='javascript:void(0)'><data:postCommentMsg/></a></h4>
      <p><data:blogCommentMessage/></p>
      <data:blogTeamBlogMessage/>
      <a expr:href='data:post.commentFormIframeSrc' id='comment-editor-src'/>
      <iframe allowtransparency='true' class='blogger-iframe-colorize blogger-comment-from-post' frameborder='0' height='410' id='comment-editor' name='comment-editor' src='' style='display: none' width='100%'/>
    <b:else/>
      <h4 id='comment-post-message'><data:postCommentMsg/></h4>
      <p><data:blogCommentMessage/></p>
      <data:blogTeamBlogMessage/>
      <a expr:href='data:post.commentFormIframeSrc' id='comment-editor-src'/>
      <iframe allowtransparency='true' class='blogger-iframe-colorize blogger-comment-from-post' frameborder='0' height='410' id='comment-editor' name='comment-editor' src='' width='100%'/>
    </b:if>
    <data:post.friendConnectJs/>
    <data:post.cmtfpIframe/>
    <script type='text/javascript'>
      BLOG_CMT_createIframe(&#39;<data:post.appRpcRelayPath/>&#39;, &#39;<data:post.communityId/>&#39;);
    </script>
  </div>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='commentDeleteIcon' var='comment'>
  <span expr:class='&quot;item-control &quot; + data:comment.adminClass'>
    <b:if cond='data:showCmtPopup'>
      <div class='goog-toggle-button'>
        <div class='goog-inline-block comment-action-icon'/>
      </div>
    <b:else/>
      <a class='comment-delete' expr:href='data:comment.deleteUrl' expr:title='data:top.deleteCommentMsg'>
        <img src='//www.blogger.com/img/icon_delete13.gif'/>
      </a>
    </b:if>
  </span>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='comment_count_picker' var='post'>
  <b:if cond='data:post.commentSource == 1'>
    <span class='cmt_count_iframe_holder' expr:data-count='data:post.numComments' expr:data-onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick' expr:data-post-url='data:post.url' expr:data-url='data:post.canonicalUrl'>
    </span>
  <b:else/>
    <a class='comment-link' expr:href='data:post.addCommentUrl' expr:onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'>
      <data:post.commentLabelFull/>:
    </a>
  </b:if>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='comment_picker' var='post'>
  <b:if cond='data:post.commentSource == 1'>
    <b:include data='post' name='iframe_comments'/>
  <b:else/>
    <b:if cond='data:post.showThreadedComments'>
      <b:include data='post' name='threaded_comments'/>
    <b:else/>
      <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
    </b:if>
  </b:if>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='comments' var='post'>
  <div class='comments' id='comments'>
    <a name='comments'/>
    <b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
      <h4><data:post.commentLabelFull/>:</h4>

      <b:if cond='data:post.commentPagingRequired'>
        <span class='paging-control-container'>
          <b:if cond='data:post.hasOlderLinks'>
            <a expr:class='data:post.oldLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.oldestLinkUrl'><data:post.oldestLinkText/></a>
              &#160;
            <a expr:class='data:post.oldLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.olderLinkUrl'><data:post.olderLinkText/></a>
              &#160;
          </b:if>

          <data:post.commentRangeText/>

          <b:if cond='data:post.hasNewerLinks'>
            &#160;
            <a expr:class='data:post.newLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.newerLinkUrl'><data:post.newerLinkText/></a>
            &#160;
            <a expr:class='data:post.newLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.newestLinkUrl'><data:post.newestLinkText/></a>
          </b:if>
        </span>
      </b:if>

      <div expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_comments-block-wrapper&quot;'>
        <dl expr:class='data:post.avatarIndentClass' id='comments-block'>
          <b:loop values='data:post.comments' var='comment'>
            <dt expr:class='&quot;comment-author &quot; + data:comment.authorClass' expr:id='data:comment.anchorName'>
              <b:if cond='data:comment.favicon'>
                <img expr:src='data:comment.favicon' height='16px' style='margin-bottom:-2px;' width='16px'/>
              </b:if>
              <a expr:name='data:comment.anchorName'/>
              <b:if cond='data:blog.enabledCommentProfileImages'>
                <data:comment.authorAvatarImage/>
              </b:if>
              <b:if cond='data:comment.authorUrl'>
                <a expr:href='data:comment.authorUrl' rel='nofollow'><data:comment.author/></a>
              <b:else/>
                <data:comment.author/>
              </b:if>
              <data:commentPostedByMsg/>
            </dt>
            <dd class='comment-body' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + data:comment.cmtBodyIdPostfix'>
              <b:if cond='data:comment.isDeleted'>
                <span class='deleted-comment'><data:comment.body/></span>
              <b:else/>
                <p>
                  <data:comment.body/>
                </p>
              </b:if>
            </dd>
            <dd class='comment-footer'>
              <span class='comment-timestamp'>
                <a expr:href='data:comment.url' title='comment permalink'>
                  <data:comment.timestamp/>
                </a>
                <b:include data='comment' name='commentDeleteIcon'/>
              </span>
            </dd>
          </b:loop>
        </dl>
      </div>

      <b:if cond='data:post.commentPagingRequired'>
        <span class='paging-control-container'>
          <a expr:class='data:post.oldLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.oldestLinkUrl'>
            <data:post.oldestLinkText/>
          </a>
          <a expr:class='data:post.oldLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.olderLinkUrl'>
            <data:post.olderLinkText/>
          </a>
          &#160;
          <data:post.commentRangeText/>
          &#160;
          <a expr:class='data:post.newLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.newerLinkUrl'>
            <data:post.newerLinkText/>
          </a>
          <a expr:class='data:post.newLinkClass' expr:href='data:post.newestLinkUrl'>
            <data:post.newestLinkText/>
          </a>
        </span>
      </b:if>

      <p class='comment-footer'>
        <b:if cond='data:post.embedCommentForm'>
          <b:if cond='data:post.allowNewComments'>
            <b:include data='post' name='comment-form'/>
          <b:else/>
            <data:post.noNewCommentsText/>
          </b:if>
        <b:else/>
          <b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
            <a expr:href='data:post.addCommentUrl' expr:onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'><data:postCommentMsg/></a>
          </b:if>
        </b:if>

      </p>
    </b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:showCmtPopup'>
      <div id='comment-popup'>
        <iframe allowtransparency='true' frameborder='0' id='comment-actions' name='comment-actions' scrolling='no'>
        </iframe>
      </div>
    </b:if>

    <div id='backlinks-container'>
    <div expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_backlinks-container&quot;'>
       <b:if cond='data:post.showBacklinks'>
         <b:include data='post' name='backlinks'/>
       </b:if>
    </div>
    </div>
  </div>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='feedLinks'/>
    <b:includable id='feedLinksBody'/>
    <b:includable id='iframe_comments' var='i'> 
<b:if cond='data:i.allowIframeComments'>
<script expr:src='data:i.iframeCommentSrc' type='text/javascript'/>
<div class='cmt_iframe_holder' expr:data-href='data:i.canonicalUrl' expr:data-viewtype='data:i.viewType'/>
</b:if>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='mobile-index-post'/>
    <b:includable id='mobile-main'/>
    <b:includable id='mobile-nextprev'/>
    <b:includable id='mobile-post'/>
    <b:includable id='nextprev'>
<b:if cond='data:newerPageUrl'>
<a class='blog-pager-newer-link pull-left' expr:href='data:newerPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-newer-link&quot;' expr:title='data:newerPageTitle'>  &#8195;<i class='fa fa-arrow-left fa-3x'> </i></a>
</b:if>

<b:if cond='data:olderPageUrl'>
  <a class='blog-pager-older-link pull-right' expr:href='data:olderPageUrl' expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + &quot;_blog-pager-older-link&quot;' expr:title='data:olderPageTitle'><i class='fa fa-arrow-right fa-3x'/>  &#8195;</a>
</b:if>  
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='post' var='i'>
<article>
<div class='post' itemprop='blogPost' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/BlogPosting'>
<b:if cond='data:post.firstImageUrl'>
<meta expr:content='data:i.firstImageUrl' itemprop='image_url'/>
</b:if>
<meta expr:content='data:blog.blogId' itemprop='blogId'/>
<meta expr:content='data:i.id' itemprop='postId'/>
<a expr:name='data:i.id'/>
<header>
<div class='post-header'>
 <b:if cond='data:i.title'>
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;'><a expr:href='data:i.url'><img class='firstimg' expr:src='data:i.firstImageUrl'/></a></b:if>
  <!-- post-title -->
  <div class='post-title'>
   <h2 itemprop='name'>
   <b:if cond='data:i.link'>
   <a expr:href='data:i.link'><data:i.title/></a>
   <b:else/>
   <b:if cond='data:i.url'>
   <b:if cond='data:blog.url != data:post.url'>
   <a expr:href='data:i.url'><data:i.title/></a>
   <b:else/>
   <data:i.title/>
   </b:if>
   <b:else/>
   <data:i.title/>
   </b:if>
   </b:if>
   </h2>
  </div>
  <!-- post-title end -->
  
  <!-- post-date-->
  <b:if cond='data:i.dateHeader'>
   <div class='post-date'> 
   <h3 itemprop='date'>
   <span><data:i.dateHeader/></span>
   </h3>
   </div>
  </b:if>
  <!-- post-date end-->
  
 </b:if>
 
 <!-- post-author -->
 <div class='post-author'>    
  <b:if cond='data:top.showAuthor'>
  <span>
  <data:top.authorLabel/>
  </span>
   <b:if cond='data:i.authorProfileUrl'>
   <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'>
   <meta expr:content='data:i.authorProfileUrl' itemprop='url'/>
   <a class='g-profile' expr:href='data:i.authorProfileUrl' rel='author' title='author profile'>
   <span itemprop='name'><data:i.author/></span>
   </a>
   </span>
   <b:else/>
   <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'>
   <span itemprop='name'><data:i.author/></span>
   </span>
   </b:if>
  </b:if>
 </div> 
 <!-- post-author end -->
 
</div>
</header>
<!-- post-body -->
<b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription == &quot;&quot;'>
 <div class='post-body' expr:id='&quot;post-body-&quot; + data:i.id' itemprop='description articleBody'>
 <data:i.body/>
 </div>
<b:else/>
 <div class='post-body' expr:id='&quot;post-body-&quot; + data:i.id' itemprop='articleBody'>
 <data:i.body/>
 </div>
</b:if>

<b:if cond='data:i.hasJumpLink'>
 <div class='jump-link'>
 <a expr:href='data:i.url' expr:title='data:i.title'><data:i.jumpText/></a>
 </div>
</b:if>
<!-- post-body end -->

<!-- classic comments -->
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<b:include data='i' name='comment_picker'/>
</b:if>
<!-- classic comments end -->

<!-- social-buttons -->
<b:if cond='data:blog.isMobile'>
 <b:else/>
 <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot;'>
  <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
   <div class='social-buttons'>
   <span class='g-plusone' data-align='right' data-annotation='bubble' data-size='medium' data-width='300' expr:data-href='data:i.canonicalUrl'/>
   <a class='twitter-share-button' data-lang='de' data-size='medium' expr:data-url='data:i.canonicalUrl' href='https://twitter.com/share'>Twittern</a>
   <script>
   //<![CDATA[
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   </script>
   </div>
  </b:if> 
 </b:if>
</b:if>
<!-- social-buttons end-->

</div>
</article>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='postQuickEdit'/>
    <b:includable id='shareButtons'/>
    <b:includable id='status-message'/>
    <b:includable id='threaded-comment-form' var='post'>
  <div class='comment-form'>
    <a name='comment-form'/>
    <b:if cond='data:mobile'>
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      <data:blogTeamBlogMessage/>
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      <data:blogTeamBlogMessage/>
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    </b:if>
    <data:post.friendConnectJs/>
    <data:post.cmtfpIframe/>
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    </script>
  </div>
</b:includable>
    <b:includable id='threaded_comment_js' var='post'>
  <script async='async' expr:src='data:post.commentSrc' type='text/javascript'/>

  <script type='text/javascript'>
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        }
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      }

      var parse = function(data) {
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<div id='sidebar'>
 <b:section class='sidebar' id='sidebar1' locked='false' showaddelement='yes'>
   <b:widget id='PopularPosts1' locked='false' title='Popular Posts' type='PopularPosts'>
     <b:includable id='main'>
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Step 3: Narrow and Wide Screen Style
Next you want to start recreating your sketch in your blog. I find it easier to first get it to work without the media queries. Start with the narrow look and then do the wide look. Combining those and writing the media queries will be done in the next step.
  • Narrow CSS

    The CSS will be placed inside of the template tags.

    Start with some basic style and then most of the CSS from the sketch can be taken. You want to make sure not to focus to much on the styling. So just use the same colors as in your sketch to see each container and don't bother with other "fancy" stuff such as fonts, sizes or the look of your post-content inside of the article boxes.

    Five does feature the classes .index .item and .static_page. If you use those classes, the CSS applies only to the specific page type. This does save you quite some writing work so I recommend using it.

    The CSS for the Blogger Narrow sketch looks like this and the results can be seen as well:

    .container{
     width: 100%;
     background: #eee;
     position: relative; 
     max-width: 2000px;
     margin-left: auto;
     margin-right: auto; 
    }
    
    .pager{
     width: 100%;
     top: 30px; 
     left: 0;
     position: relative; 
     margin: 0; 
    }
    
    .index .content{
     position: relative;
     float: right;
     width: 100%;
     background: #bbb;
    }
    
    .index .sidebar{
     display: none; 
    }
    
    .index .line{
     position: absolute;
     top: 0;
     left: 2%;
     width: 6px;
     height: 105%;
     background: black; 
     margin-left: 0px; 
    }
    
    .index article{
     width: 95%;
     background: #444;
     float: right;
     position: relative;
     margin-top: 50px; 
    }
    
    .index article:after{
     content:"";
     border-color: transparent #444 transparent transparent;
     border-style:solid;
     border-width:16px;
     width:0;
     height:0;
     position: absolute;
     top: 30px;
     right: 100%; 
    }
    
    .line{
     position: absolute;
     top: 0;
     left: 50%;
     width: 6px;
     height: 105%;
     background: black; 
     margin-left: -3px; 
    }
    
    .item .content, .static_page .content{
     position: relative;
     width: 100%;
     background: #bbb;
    }
    
    .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
     position: relative; 
     width: 100%;
     background: #bbb; 
     margin: 0; 
     margin-top: 30px;
     left: 0; 
    }
    
    .item article, .static_page article{
     width: 100%;
     background: #444;
     position: relative; 
    }
    
    .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
     content:"";
     border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
     border-style:solid;
     border-width:16px;
     width:0;
     height:0;
     position: absolute;
     top: 100%;
     left: 50%;
     margin-left: -16px;
    }

  • Wide CSS

    Now cut all of the CSS and paste it in a document where it won't get lost and work on the wide CSS.

    For me, this is what it looks like:

    .container{
     width: 100%;
     background: #eee;
     position: relative; 
     max-width: 2000px;
     margin-left: auto;
     margin-right: auto; 
    }
    
    .pager{
     width: 100%;
     top: 30px; 
     left: 0;
     position: relative; 
     margin: 0; 
    }
    
    .index .content{
     position: relative;
     float: right;
     width: 100%;
     background: #bbb;
    }
    
    .index .sidebar{
     position: absolute; 
     float: right;
     width: 24%;
     background: #bbb; 
     top: 0;
     right: 0; 
     margin-top: 25px;
     display: none; 
    }
    
    .index article{
     width: 48%;
     background: #444;
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(odd){
     position: relative;
     float: left;
     margin-top: 150px; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(even){
     position: relative;
     float: right;
     margin-top: 150px; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(odd):after{
     content:"";
     border-color: transparent transparent transparent #444;
     border-style:solid;
     border-width:16px;
     width:0;
     height:0;
     position: absolute;
     top: 30px;
     left: 100%; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(even):after{
     content:"";
     border-color: transparent #444 transparent transparent;
     border-style:solid;
     border-width:16px;
     width:0;
     height:0;
     position: absolute;
     top: 30px;
     right: 100%; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(1):after{
     border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
     top: 100%;
     left: 50%;
     margin-left: -16px; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(1){
     width: 80%;
     float: none;
     margin-left: 10%; 
     position: relative;
     top: 0px; 
     margin-top: 0; 
    }
    
    .index article:nth-of-type(2){
     position: relative;
     top: 50px; 
     margin-top: 0; 
    }
    
    .line{
     position: absolute;
     top: 0;
     left: 50%;
     width: 6px;
     height: 105%;
     background: black; 
     margin-left: -3px; 
    }
    
    .item .content, .static_page .content{
     position: relative;
     float: left;
     width: 75%;
     background: #bbb;
    }
    
    .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
     position: absolute; 
     float: right;
     width: 24%;
     background: #bbb; 
     top: 0;
     right: 0; 
     margin-top: 25px;
    }
    
    .item article, .static_page article{
     width: 100%;
     background: #444;
     position: relative; 
    }
    
    .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
     content:"";
     border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
     border-style:solid;
     border-width:16px;
     width:0;
     height:0;
     position: absolute;
     top: 100%;
     left: 50%;
     margin-left: -16px;
    }

Step 4: Combination Narrow and Wide - Media Queries

Okay, now that both views work fine, we want to combine them. What you need to know is when to change the view. I found that the wide CSS does not work if the width is smaller than 1020px on the index page. The sidebar does not look good any more if the width is under 895px. So that's how I'm building the media queries.

With the media queries the CSS looks like this:

.container{
 width: 100%;
 background: #eee;
 position: relative; 
 max-width: 2000px;
 margin-left: auto;
 margin-right: auto; 
}

.pager{
 width: 100%;
 top: 30px; 
 left: 0;
 position: relative; 
 margin: 0; 
}

/* CSS Index Page "Wide Screen" */
@media screen and (min-width: 1020px) {
 .index .content{
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  width: 100%;
  background: #bbb;
 }

 .index .sidebar{
  position: absolute; 
  float: right;
  width: 24%;
  background: #bbb; 
  top: 0;
  right: 0; 
  margin-top: 25px;
  display: none; 
 }

 .index article{
  width: 48%;
  background: #444;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(odd){
  position: relative;
  float: left;
  margin-top: 150px; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(even){
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  margin-top: 150px; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(odd):after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent transparent transparent #444;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  left: 100%; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(even):after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent #444 transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  right: 100%; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1):after{
  border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1){
  width: 80%;
  float: none;
  margin-left: 10%; 
  position: relative;
  top: 0px; 
  margin-top: 0; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(2){
  position: relative;
  top: 50px; 
  margin-top: 0; 
 }
}

/* CSS Static/Item Page "Wide Screen" */
@media screen and (min-width: 895px){
 .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 50%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: black; 
  margin-left: -3px; 
 }

 .item .content, .static_page .content{
  position: relative;
  float: left;
  width: 75%;
  background: #bbb;
 }

 .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
  position: absolute; 
  float: right;
  width: 24%;
  background: #bbb; 
  top: 0;
  right: 0; 
  margin-top: 25px;
 }

 .item article, .static_page article{
  width: 100%;
  background: #444;
  position: relative; 
 }

 .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px;
 }
}

/* CSS Index Page "Narrow Screen" */
@media screen and (max-width: 1019px){
 .index .content{
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  width: 100%;
  background: #bbb;
 }

 .index .sidebar{
  display: none; 
 }

 .index .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 2%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: black; 
  margin-left: 0px; 
 }

 .index article{
  width: 95%;
  background: #444;
  float: right;
  position: relative;
  margin-top: 50px; 
 }

 .index article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent #444 transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  right: 100%; 
 }
}

/* CSS Static/Item Page "Narrow Screen" */
@media screen and (max-width: 894px){
 .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 50%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: black; 
  margin-left: -3px; 
 }

 .item .content, .static_page .content{
  position: relative;
  width: 100%;
  background: #bbb;
 }
 
 .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
  position: relative; 
  width: 100%;
  background: #bbb; 
  margin: 0; 
  margin-top: 30px;
  left: 0; 
 }

 .item article, .static_page article{
  width: 100%;
  background: #444;
  position: relative; 
 }

 .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: #444 transparent transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px;
 }
}
Step 5: Style

In the last and final step you do care about all the rest. Now that the basic look is set you can work with colors, fonts background etc. This is when you create the final look of your site.

My final CSS looks like this:

body{
 background: url(https://googledrive.com/host/0Bz6HRVCs7oBablBqNTJZc3lLclU/CSS/mochaGrunge.png) repeat; 
 font-size: 19px;
 font-family: Lato;
 color: #262629;
}

@media screen and (max-width: 500px) {
 article{
  font-size: 170%;
 }
}

h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, .jump-link{
 font-family: Lato;  
 font-weight: bold; 
 text-transform: uppercase;  
 color: #6b4632;
} 

a:link{
 text-decoration: none;
 color: #3f7066;
}

a:visited{
 text-decoration: none;
 color: #3f7066;
}

a:hover{
 color: #c25e06;
 text-decoration: none; 
}

.container{
 width: 100%;
 position: relative; 
 max-width: 2000px;
 margin-left: auto;
 margin-right: auto; 
}

.pager{
 width: 100%;
 top: 30px; 
 left: 0;
 position: relative; 
 margin: 0; 
}

article{
 padding: 5px; 
}

.index .social-buttons{
 display: none; 
}

/* CSS Index Page "Wide Screen" */
@media screen and (min-width: 1020px) {
 .index .content{
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  width: 100%;
 }

 .index .sidebar{
  position: absolute; 
  float: right;
  width: 24%;
  background: #FEFEFA; 
  top: 0;
  right: 0; 
  margin-top: 25px;
  display: none; 
 }

 .index article{
  width: 48%;
  background: #FEFEFA;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(n-1) .post-header .post-title{
  position: relative;
  text-align: center;
  top: 100px; 
 }

 .index article .firstimg{
  max-width: 100%;
 }

 @media screen and (min-width: 1480px){
  .index article:nth-of-type(n-1) .firstimg{
   height: 300px;
   max-width: 100%;
  }
  
  .index article:nth-of-type(odd) .firstimg, .index article:nth-of-type(odd) .jump-link{
   float: right; 
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(even) .firstimg, .index article:nth-of-type(even) .jump-link{
   float: left;
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(1) .jump-link{
   float: none;
   text-align: center; 
  }
  
  .index article:nth-of-type(n-1) .post-header .post-date h3{
   font-size: 15px;
   position: absolute;
   top: 0; 
   opacity: .8;
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(even) .post-date h3{
   right: 0;
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(odd) .post-date h3{
   left: 0;
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(1) .post-header .post-date h3{
   font-size: 24px;
   position: relative;
   text-align: center;
   opacity: 1;
  }

  .index article:nth-of-type(n-1) .post-header{
   position: relative; 
   width: 100%; 
   height: 300px; 
  }
 
  .index article:nth-of-type(1) .post-header{
   height: auto;
  }
 }

 .post-author{
  display: none;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(n-1) .post-body{
  position: relative;
  width: 100%;
  top: 5px; 
 }

 .index article .post-header{
  height: auto;
 }

 .index article .post-header .post-date h3{
  font-size: 24px;
  position: relative;
  text-align: center;
  opacity: 1;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1) .firstimg{
  width: 70%;
  margin-left: 15%;
  margin-right: 15%;
  height: auto;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1) .post-header .post-title, .index article .post-header .post-title{
  top: 0 !important;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1) .post-header .post-date, .index article .post-header .post-date{
  position: relative;
  text-align: center; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(odd){
  position: relative;
  float: left;
  margin-top: 250px;
  text-align: left;  
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(even){
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  margin-top: 250px;
  text-align: right; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(odd):after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent transparent transparent #FEFEFA;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  left: 100%; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(even):after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent #FEFEFA transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  right: 100%; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1):after{
  border-color: #FEFEFA transparent transparent transparent;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px; 
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(1){
  width: 80%;
  float: none;
  margin-left: 10%; 
  position: relative;
  top: 0px; 
  margin-top: 90px;
  text-align: center;
 }

 .index article:nth-of-type(2){
  position: relative;
  top: 50px; 
  margin-top: 0; 
 }
}

/* CSS Static/Item Page "Wide Screen" */
@media screen and (min-width: 895px){
 .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 50%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: #262629; 
  margin-left: -3px; 
 }

 .item .content, .static_page .content{
  position: relative;
  float: left;
  width: 75%;
 }

 .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
  position: absolute; 
  float: right;
  width: 24%;
  background: #FEFEFA; 
  top: 65px;
  right: 0; 
  margin-top: 25px;
 }
 
 .item article, .static_page article{
  width: 100%;
  background: #FEFEFA;
  position: relative; 
 }

 .item article:nth-of-type(1), .static_page article:nth-of-type(1){
  margin-top: 90px;
 }

 .item article .post-header, .static_page article .post-header, .item .sidebar h2{
  text-align: center;
 }

 .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: #FEFEFA transparent transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid; 
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px;
 }
}

/* CSS Index Page "Narrow Screen" */
@media screen and (max-width: 1019px){
 .index .content{
  position: relative;
  float: right;
  width: 100%;
 }

 .index .sidebar{
  display: none; 
 }

 .index .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 2%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: #262629; 
  margin-left: 0px;
 }

 .index article{
  width: 95%;
  background: #FEFEFA;
  float: right;
  position: relative;
  margin-top: 50px; 
 }

 .index article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: transparent #FEFEFA transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 30px;
  right: 100%; 
 }
}

/* CSS Static/Item Page "Narrow Screen" */
@media screen and (max-width: 894px){
 .line{
  position: absolute;
  top: 0;
  left: 50%;
  width: 6px;
  height: 105%;
  background: #262629; 
  margin-left: -3px; 
 }

 .item .content, .static_page .content{
  position: relative;
  width: 100%;
 }

 .item .sidebar, .static_page .sidebar{
  position: relative; 
  width: 100%;
  background: #FEFEFA; 
  margin: 0; 
  margin-top: 30px;
  left: 0; 
 }

 .item article, .static_page article{
  width: 100%;
  background: #FEFEFA;
  position: relative; 
 }

 .item article:nth-of-type(1), .static_page article:nth-of-type(1){
  margin-top: 90px;
 }

 .item article:after, .static_page article:after{
  content:"";
  border-color: #FEFEFA transparent transparent transparent;
  border-style:solid;
  border-width:16px;
  width:0;
  height:0;
  position: absolute;
  top: 100%;
  left: 50%;
  margin-left: -16px;
 }
}

img{
 max-width: 100%;
}

/* COMMENTS */
.comments .avatar-image-container, .comments .avatar-image-container img {
 width: 51px;
 max-width: 43px;
 height: 43px;
 max-height: 51px;
 background: #FFF;
 float: left;
 border-radius: 50%;
 -moz-border-radius: 50%;
 margin: 0 10px 0 0;
}

#comments {
 padding-top: 20px;
 border-top: 1px solid #ddd;
}

.comments .comment-block,.comments .comments-content .comment-replies,.comments .comment-replybox-single {
 margin-left:60px;
}

.comments .comment-block, .comments .comment-thread.inline-thread .comment-block {
 background:#99ad91;
 padding:10px;
 position: relative;
 z-index: 2 !important; 
}

.comments .comment-block:after{
 content:'';
 position: absolute; 
 border-color: transparent #99ad91 transparent transparent;
 border-style:solid;
 border-width:15px;
 width:0;
 height:0;
 left: -30px;
 top: 10px; 
}

.comment-thread.inline-thread .avatar-image-container{
 margin-top: 45px;
}

.comments .comment-thread.inline-thread .comment-block:after{
 border-width: 13px 25px 1px 5px;
 transform: rotate(-25deg);
 -moz-transform: rotate(-25deg);
 -webkit-transform:rotate(-25deg);
 -o-transform: rotate(-25deg);
 -ms-transform:rotate(-25deg);
 left: -23px;
 top: 27px; 
 z-index: 1 !important; 
 position: absolute; 
}

.comment-header {
 font-weight: bold; 
 padding-bottom: 10px;
 padding-top: 10px;
 font-size: 120%;
}

.comments .comments-content .comment {
 width:100%;
 line-height:1em;
 margin:15px 0 0;
 padding:0;
 font-size: 90%; 
}

.comments .comments-content .comment-content {
 text-align: justify;
 line-height: 22px;
}

.comments .comments-content .comment-replies {
 margin-top:0;
}

#comments h4 {
 display:inline;
 line-height:40px;
 padding:10px;
}

#comments h4{
 line-height: 30px;
 margin: 0;
 padding: 20px 0 14px 10px;
 text-transform: uppercase;
 font-weight: 400!important;
 color: #444;
}

.comments .comments-content .datetime {
 float: right;
 padding-top: 6px;
 padding-right: 20px;
}

.comment-actions{
 background: #f2f2f2;
 padding: 8px;
 margin-left: 435px;
 border: 1px solid #ddd;
 float: right;
 margin-top: -30px;
 margin-right: 5px;
}

.comments .continue a{
 background: #f2f2f2;
 padding: 8px;
 border: 1px solid #ddd;
}

.comment-replybox-thread a{
 background: #f2f2f2;
 padding: 8px;
 border: 1px solid #ddd;
}

.comment-thread a {
 color: #777;
}
Step 6: Finishing Touches - the navbar

In the end you want to care about little adjustments. I decided to add the navbar to complete the whole look and add some usability. You can now add in your widgets and everything else you like to use. And as soon as you're done, you can use it however you want it. I hope this was of some help to you and maybe you want to accept the challenge and write your next template yourself.

About the author
Myriam is a student in Switzerland studying Communication and English. In her freetime she enjoys experimenting with blogger, HTML and CSS and writes about her newest adventures in Codeland on her blog Be KreaTief. She's also a writer and passionate baker.

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