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Instructions On How To Upload Mood Themes

I've just found a new and shiny Supernatural Mood Theme over at livejournal and imported it here into my insanejournal. I know it is larger than average size, but the images used for this mood theme are much better than the ones of my previous mood theme.

Anyway, the point I'm writing this is not to ramble about mood themes, even though it has something to do with it, but rather to provide some help and give a few useful suggestions that might make your on-line life a little bit easier. And everything has, in one way or another, something to do with uploading a custom mood theme. So here we go! *rubs hands*

Whenever you want to create a new mood theme so that you can use it in your journal, you have to follow certain steps. For most people those steps might be already clear, but, I'm sure, there are still people out there who scream, "Wtf?" now. If you belong to those people, scream no further, here are the instructions.

There once was a time when I, myself, had no idea at all how to upload a mood theme to my journal. So don't be afraid, you will learn it as well! A great help back then had been Euterpeslullaby's instruction on how to upload a mood theme. Everything I know I know from this guide! And everything that follows will be nearly the same as on that site, with the only significant difference being that Euterpeslullaby's guide is for livejournal, and I changed it so it would also be for insanejournal user.

First of, as far as I know, uploading mood themes is only possible for user with permanent or payed accounts. There are actually two ways how to upload your mood theme! You can use the Mood Theme Editor or the Admin Console. Personally, I like the Admin Console more, because it's much faster and it's not half as difficult to use as it sounds.


Using the Admin Console:

Credits: This guide is taken from Euterpeslullaby, I only altered the links (besides other minor things) so that it would work with insanejournal! This guide fully belongs to Euterpeslullaby!

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"1. Download and un-zip (in Winzip or a similar program) the file for the custom mood theme you want to use.

2. Now, you have to upload all the 132 mood images to your domain, or an image hosting site such as Photobucket or Imageshack. Please don't alter the file names!

3. Go to the IJ admin console.

4. Now, in the text box, paste in the following:

moodtheme_create "Title of Theme" "Short Description of Theme"


Of course, replace the "Title of Theme" and "Short Description of Theme" text with the title and description. They can be anything you want, as long as you remember the title, because you'll need it for later. Once you're done, click "execute". If you're successful, the console will give you a number. Copy down this number!

5. Now, back in the zip file, open the "adminconsolecodes.txt" file (if you're using someone else's theme, right-click on the file name there and download the .txt file on its own). Using the "replace" tool in your notepad program, replace the 12345 number with the number the console gave you previously. Also replace the "http://www.hosting.com/" url with the url to the folder that stores the images on your domain, or the photobucket album.

6. Now, paste in the edited codes into the admin console, and click execute. You should be directed to a page with your accepted codes. If not, go back and re-do the steps again.

7. Now go to your customize page. Click on the second tab ("Look and Feel") and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Underneath "Mood Icons" use the drop down to find your new theme. Save changes.

And you're done! Your theme should now be up on your IJ.


Using the Mood Theme Editor:

1. Download and un-zip (in Winzip or a similar program) the file for the custom mood theme you want to use.

2. Now, you have to upload all the 132 mood images to your domain, or an image hosting site such as Photobucket or Imageshack. Please don't alter the file names!

3. Go here. Underneath "Create a New Theme", enter in the name of the mood theme you are about to upload. Click the create button.

4. Now you need to use the URLs of the mood images that you uploaded earlier. Enter in the appropriate URL for each mood section. Make sure that the height and width for each mood image is entered and correct, otherwise that mood will not be saved. When you're done, click on Save Changes at the bottom. And you're done!

5. Now go back to your Mood Theme Editor. Your new theme should be included on your list of mood themes. When you find it, look to the right of the mood icons and click on the "Use" button. Save changes, and your mood theme should be up on your LiveJournal."

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Credits: This guide is taken from Euterpeslullaby, I only altered the links (besides other minor things) so that it would work with insanejournal! This guide fully belongs to Euterpeslullaby!


However, when you upload your 132 mood images to Photobucket it is most annoying that you can only upload at least 20 images at one go! So, whilst reading Euterpeslullaby's guide I found an awesome link she provided that will solve that problem! There is this browser called Flock, I find even better than Firefox, that allows you to upload as many pictures as you want to your Photobucket account! I did the tour here, press DISCOVER, and was immediately convinced! I tried it and it worked! Also, read Euterpeslullaby's post on this topic!

Okay, whew, I'm done!

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