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Frequently Asked Question #128. How do I create a custom S1 style?

This FAQ applies only to the old style system (S1), which is no longer supported. See this FAQ for instructions for the newer style system.
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First, create a style. You can either create a blank style or base your style on an existing system style template. Then, edit your style at the Edit Styles page.
If you are a Basic Account user and want to create a S1 style, you will first need to purchase a Paid Account. Basic Account users can customize their journals using S1's overrides or S2's customization options.

Whether you create a blank style or base your new style on an existing template, the default name for a new style is <username>-<view type>-new. (For instance, a new LASTN style of yours would be named exampleusername-lastn-new.)

You will need to change the name of your new S1 style by typing a new name under "Style Description" on the Edit Style page. Until you change the name of the style from the default name, you will be unable to create new styles for that view. The style creation page will not overwrite an existing style.

Under "Style Options" on the Edit Style page, you can choose whether the style is Public; this determines whether another LiveJournal user can see the code for your style.

You will need to save your style for any changes to take effect. You can then preview the style by using the customview link provided to you upon saving.

Once you have created a custom S1 style, you will need to explicitly choose to use that style for your journal.

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Last Updated: January 4th, 2011

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