How to Customize Blogger Comments By Adding a Background Color and Border

The comments are an essential part of any blog as in them readers express their opinions about a post or a blog, thus it is important to spend a little of our time to make this part looking more stylish, accessible and neat.

To put our comments in order, we should make each comment easy to identify, so that we'll know from where it begins and to where it ends, otherwise it becomes a jumble of letters and our visitors could run away. Here are some methods to make some order by separating each comment.

- Add a Separator To Blogger Comments
- Add a Divider Below Comments in Blogger
- Fully Customize Your Blogger Comments By Changing The Background Color and Border

The first method is the easiest: we'll separate our comments by adding a border below each of them.

How to Add a Separator/Border To Blogger Comments


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Step 1. To add a simple separator go to Template > Edit HTML and click on the small arrow on the left of <b:skin>...</b:skin>
Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and search using CTRL + F keys, for the following piece of code:
]]></b:skin>

Step 3. Paste the following style just above it:

- If we are using threaded comments (with the reply option):

.comment-block {
border-bottom: 1px solid #000000;
}
.comments .continue {
  border-top: 0px solid #000;
}

- If we are using previous commenting system (with no reply option)
#comments-block .comment-footer {
border-bottom:1px solid #000000;
}

Note: To change the border's color, replace the bolded color value and to change its thickness, increase/decrease the 1 value.

Step 4. Save the Template.

Instead of a simple border, we can also add a divider/image between our comments.

How to Add a Divider (Image) Between Each Comment in Blogger


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Step 1. Go to Template > Edit HTML and search (CTRL + F) for the following piece of code:
]]></b:skin>
Screenshot:


Step 2. Paste the following just above it:

- If we are using threaded comments (with the reply option):
.comment-block {
background-image:url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YaY5yi0UcbM/UTpA2jWBJFI/AAAAAAAAC_0/UXbviThYl2w/s1600/74.gif);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
background-position:center bottom;
padding-bottom:30px;
margin-top: -10px;
}
.comments .continue {
border-top: 0px solid #000;
}

- If we are using previous commenting system (with no reply function)
#comments-block .comment-footer {
background-image:url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YaY5yi0UcbM/UTpA2jWBJFI/AAAAAAAAC_0/UXbviThYl2w/s1600/74.gif);
background-repeat:no-repeat;
background-position:center bottom;
height: 50px;
}

Note: The URL that is in blue represents the image that you can change as you like, just remember that at the height must set the height of an image with 30px more, for instance, if the image's height is 50px then the value will be 80px. This is for making sure that the image won't overlap the date of comments. (for threaded comments, increase/decrease the padding 30 value)

Step 3. Save the Template.

But you can still have more styles for each comment, for example adding a background color and a border.

How to Add A Border and A Background Color To Blogger Comments


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Step 1. Go to Template > Edit HTML and search for the following piece of code:
]]></b:skin>

Step 2. Paste the following just above it:

- If we are using threaded comments (with the reply option):
.comment-block {
background:#F9F9F9; /* Background Color */
border: 1px solid #f1f1f1; /* Border style */
margin-bottom:20px;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
-moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
-moz-border-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px;
border-radius: 10px;
}
.comments .comment-thread.inline-thread {
background-color: #FAFAFA; /* Background color behind the replies */
border-left: 4px dotted #E6E6E6; /* Border on the left side of replies */
}
.comment-content {
padding:2px 10px 10px 10px;
color:#444444; /* Font Color in Comments */
}
.datetime a {
font-style:italic;
font-size:9px;
margin-left: 2px;
}
.comments .comments-content .user a{
color:#1982D1; /* Author's name color */
font-size: 12px; /* Author's name size */
padding-left: 10px;
font-weight:bold;
text-decoration:none;
}
.comments .comment .comment-actions a,.comments .comment .continue a{
display:inline-block;
margin:0 0 10px 10px;
padding:0 15px;
color:#B4B4B7;
text-align:center;
text-decoration:none;
background:#F8F8FB;
border:1px solid #C2C2C5;
border-radius:4px;
height:20px;
line-height:20px;
font-weight:normal;
cursor:pointer;
}
.comments .continue {
border-top: 0px solid #000;
}
.comments .comments-content .icon.blog-author {
background-image: none;
margin-left: -10px;
}
.comments .avatar-image-container{
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
width: 40px;
max-height: 40px;
border: 1px solid #F2F2F2;
padding: 1px;
}
.comments .avatar-image-container img{
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
max-width: 40px;
height: 40px;
}
Step 3. Save the Template.

- If we are using previous commenting system (with no reply function):

Step 1. Search for this line in your template:
<b:loop values='data:post.comments' var='comment'>
Step 2. Then, add the following code just below of it:
<div class='comments-new'>
Step 3. Look a little further down and you'll see the </b:loop> code and just above it, add this:
</div>
Step 4. Now find this:
]]></b:skin>
Step 5. And just above of it, add this CSS code:
.comments-new{
background:#F9F9F9; /* Background Color */
border: 1px solid #f1f1f1; /* Bprder Style */
margin-bottom:20px;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
-moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
box-shadow: 0 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, .4);
-moz-border-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px;
border-radius: 10px;
}
.comment-body {
color:#444444; /* Font Color in Comments */
padding:10px;
}
.comments-new a {
padding-left: 5px; /* Link color */
color: #4A9BD8;
}
.comment-timestamp a {
font-style:italic;
font-size:9px;
padding-right:10px;
padding-left:10px;
}
.comments .avatar-image-container {
overflow: visible;
}
(The rounded edges will not work in Internet Explorer with CSS)

In either case, you can change the background color, border, etc.. in parts with annotations in green.

Step 6. Save the Template.

If you need more help, leave a comment below.

46 comments:

  1. i have been looking for a good tutorial on this, and yours worked great! thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Audrey. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Wao great detailed and very informative straight forward tutorial, bro you got good writting skills, keep up the good work. Free GAMES & SOFTWARES

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  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial!

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  4. Just a quick question, how do I increase the distance between the comment author and the border? It's even about the other sides but not at the top. My blog is: http://portiahunt.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Add below .comments .comments-content .user a{ this line:

      padding-top: 10px;

      You can increase/decrease the distance by changing the 10px value.
      I hope this will help. Thanks for visiting :)

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  5. I tried to add a Divider (Image) Between Each Comment in my blog and doesn't work. Please help me!
    My blog is: http://flory4all.blogspot.ro

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    1. Hi Flory,
      Please send me a copy of your template at helplogger76@gmail.com
      Thank you.

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  6. I sent a copy of my template to you.
    Thank you!

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    1. Sorry but I didn't receive your mail. Maybe try sending it again?

      helplogger76@gmail.com

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    2. I sent my mail again. Thank you.

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  7. its great information..thnaks for sharing

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  8. This was awesome!
    How do I change the background color behind the comment boxes themselves? I used your template and it put the comments into lovely separate boxes, but the color behind the boxes is gray.

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    1. Hi Stephanie,

      Please search for this piece of code in your template:
      #comments {

      ..and just below you should see this line:
      background: #cccccc none repeat scroll top center;

      Replace #cccccc with transparent and see if it still appears.

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  9. Anonymous6/14/2013

    How can I get the date under someones name? And how do I get that in uppercase letters?

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  10. Its nice as u explained but in mine blog such codes are not found..
    so How do I do it.. plz check mine once suggest me to change in
    http://www.arabie3lan.com الشيخ الروحاني
    which part so that i can obtain as you explained here.

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  11. Anonymous8/28/2013

    Hi,

    can u please help in getting "Comment as:" removed and make a simple comments session.

    can u please respond to anishasblog@gmail.com

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  12. Thank you very much. I have modified and used this and few other scripts from this blog.

    http://pravab.blogspot.com/

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  13. Design is always nice comments, thank you very much!

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  14. hi, what's the code we need to put before for the flower boarder ???

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  15. Thanks for this. I can't seem to get my comment box to not be white, I've tried a handful of different versions. I've successfully added other codes like the box around the admin comments, but for some reason the comment box will not change. It looks terrible, please help.

    www.deutschevegan.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank You sooo much!! You are such an life saver!! I looked everywhere and this was the best tutorial!!

    Justsoapril.blogspot.com

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  17. Great... how to remove the reply button that appears under author reply. thanks in advance

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    1. Add this code just above ]]></b:skin>

      .comments .comment .comment-actions a,.comments .comment .continue a{
      display: none;
      }

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. It worked nice in FF, but the avatars got messed in Chrome, why and how to fix it?
    http://juegosparaescapar.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Edgar,

      Please add this above ]]></b:skin>
      .comments .avatar-image-container {
      overflow: visible;
      }

      Sorry for the inconvenience. I tested it on Firefox and I didn't noticed this issue before.
      Hope it works now...

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  19. wow thanks,it worked...you are a star

    Pls help me,for some reason comments font size changed to smaller size,i have tried to change my codes invain...have a look here and advise accordingly

    http://clicksomemore.blogspot.com/2013/12/good-morning-folks.html?showComment=1388259189683#c4679643691472638963

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  20. just comment below the link I sent you and i will work on it.Thanks

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  21. Hello Admin,
    Thank you for your great work! Can you please help me? I tried to change the borders and the background of the replies, but it doesn't work. It shows this notice
    Invalid variable declaration in page skin: Variable is used but not defined. Input: widget.alternate.text.color
    Did I do something wrong?

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    1. Hi Tektones,

      It seems that your template doesn't have a variable with the "widget.alternate.text.color" name, so you need to search this line in your template and remove it:
      $(widget.alternate.text.color)
      Then try to add the code again and see if you still get that error.

      Hope this works. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. Hello again Admin,
    Thank you very much for your reply. Unfortunatelly I could not find the line of the code. It seems that it does not exist! I use a template from blogger itself. Really strange!

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  23. Hi buddy, how are you...its been awhile, well I need a favor again [ you know you're my rescuer... wink], I have tried to change the font for comments invain, I want to it be Arial and not the current one.If you can hook me up with procedure or codes will be awesome? kindly reply on my post so it will be easy to see it

    http://clicksomemore.blogspot.com/2014/01/dar-es-salaam-listed-among-top-10-most.html#comment-form

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    1. Add this just above ]]></b:skin>

      .comments .comments-content .comment-content {font-family: Arial, sans-serif;}

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  24. Hey, thanq 4 de post :)
    If I try increasing the avatar size more that 40px the image goes under the comment box.
    i.e the comment box lays on top of some of the avatar...
    Is there a solution for that?
    thanq

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    1. Add this CSS just above ]]></b:skin>

      .comments .comment-block {
      margin-left: 80px;
      }

      And change the margin-left value (80px)

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    2. Hey thanq :)
      It worked perfectly, I had the problem with the rounded user image, now it's perfect :)

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  25. Hello!

    Great autorail... It works fine except for one little détail. When someone (anonymus) replies to one of my reply, their name and date does not have the same spacing as the author. It is to close to the edge of the border. Any suggestion???

    Thanks in advance

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  26. i added those codes as u said for border and background colour but its not being displayed
    check my site www.alltricktech.blogspot.com

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  27. Thank you so much! My comments' section has been a nightmare for way, way too long. This helped a bunch.

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  28. Thank you very much. This helped me, it needs to be shared to the world. More grace to your elbow.

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  29. Please, if this helps you remember to use the share button.

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  30. I cannot find ]]> ... any help?

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  31. Anonymous8/11/2014

    I need a star rating in the comments section on a particular page... Can you help?

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  32. Thanks Bro for this nice post....
    i need help in increasing the width of my blog sidebar....
    if you can help me with the same.

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  33. Hi, My wife sent me this link as she is a blogger and I have just recently started to blog. We are looking at improving our blogs and came across this. This does work but it does not look anything like the picture you posted. My blog addy is http://diyhobbyist.blogspot.com/2014/10/this-post-goes-along-with-my-clamps-and.html

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    1. Hi Harold,

      The reason why it doesn't change anything is because you're using Google+ comment system and this works only for Blogger comments. You can disable the google+ comments by accessing the Google+ tab and unchecking the "Use Google+ comments on this blog" option. See this tutorial for more info.

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