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28 February 2006 @ 08:25 pm
Mood Theme Troubleshooting  
My bandwidth is down again. It should be up again tomorrow. I've been getting a lot of similar comments and problems on my "how to" post, so I wrote up a basic troubleshooting post.

Q: I uploaded my mood theme, but the images are coming up as broken links. What do I do?

1. The first thing to check is whether the URLs in your admin console codes are valid or not. Copy one of the URLs you have in your codes and paste them into a web browser. If the image comes up when you go to that URL, then that's not your problem, so move on to #2. If it comes up with an error message, or a broken link, then you need to fix your URL. Here's what to check for:

i) If you're using Photobucket.com to host your images, verify that your URLs look like this:


The "????"s are the "letter-number-number-number" account number that PB gives you for your album. It's in the urls for all the images you upload. All you need to do to get the URLs for your mood images is copy and paste the URL in the text box right underneath the image in your album. The account number will already be in it. Just take off the "mood.jpg" at the end of it, and replace "http://www.hosting.com/" with your URL.

As before, paste in one of the URLs into a web browser to check that it works before you try to upload the mood theme to the admin console.

ii) If you're using a site such as ImageShack, TinyPic, or LJ's picture scrapbook, you need to replace all of the URLs in your codes one by one. This is because when you upload an image to a site like this, it does not keep the file name, and instead assigns it a random number/letter combination. If you're determined to use one of these services instead of PB or a domain for hosting, you'll have to go through each of the 132 moods and copy/paste the URLs into the admin console codes to replace the default URL.

ii) Your file extension might be wrong. All my mood themes are made in .jpg, but if you're using someone else's and their mood theme is .png or .gif, then you need to do a replace all and change the ".jpg" to whatever the file type is.

2. If the URLs work fine when you paste them into a web browser, something's gone wrong in the admin console. Go back and start again at the beginning of the steps from the tutorial. If that doesn't work, there's two possible problems:

i) You didn't paste in the full code, so some of the images are coming up as broken links. Make sure you have the whole adminconsolecodes.txt file selected when you copy it.

ii) Your URLs may be too long, and LJ's cutting them off. This is a new problem with LJ, and is more annoyingly useless than the nudge feature. The only thing you can do is move your mood images to a folder closer to your main album, so that the URLs will be shorter and they won't be cut off.

iii) If you're using your own hosting on a domain, check that you don't have hotlink protection on, or make sure that it's set so that images in that album can be linked on an outside site.

Q: I followed everything in the instructions for a free account mood theme, but when I post, it just posts the HTML, and doesn't actually show the image. What do I do?

You're updating in rich-text mode. Underneath the update text box there's the following text "(Use the 'Source' button to edit HTML. You also can switch back to the plain text mode.)" Follow the link to switch to plain text.

If your mood theme still isn't working, comment here with a description of your problem and I'll try to help. If it's a problem with broken images, please leave the theme on your LJ so I can figure out what the problem is.

ETA (July 2009): Sorry everyone, I'm not available to help with mood theme installment at the moment due to health issues.
Music: Robyn - Robotboy
(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
i just have a question about getting the moods into photobucket. ..do you have to add each little mood picture to a album one by one, or is there an easier way to do it? (I already unzipped the file.) sorry, i'm new to this kind of thing. and, is it okay if we use more than one of your mood sets at a time? say for instance using the house m.d. and the wilson moods at the same time? thanks for the help. your moods are so gorgeous!
jubee: bsg: number eight;intotheashes_euterpeslullaby on March 2nd, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
You do need to go one by one. You can go to the "submit multiple pictures" drop down at the top in order to upload more than one at a time, but you'll still have to manually add each file to the list.
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jubee: bsg: blood in her eyes;intotheashes_euterpeslullaby on March 2nd, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
I'm not currently taking requests. Every once and awhile I make a post on the community asking for requests, and take the first 10 comments.
Shane: hmpfhavemy_heart on March 3rd, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
I am technologically impaired so please bear with me. I saved a mood theme as a zip file. I want to move it to Photobucket. How do I unzip it so that Photobucket will take the pics?
jubee: bsg: secret ot3;calixaeuterpeslullaby on March 3rd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
You need to download WinZip to unzip the file. Use the "wizard" button on the top right once you've installed the program. It will guide you through extracting the mood images into another folder, and from there you can upload each one to PB.
(no subject) - havemy_heart on March 4th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
original_pink on March 4th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
i have a free account,
i uploaded my gg moodtheme from spiffydaze to photobucket.
so when i try to post it using this code i feel: the image doesnt work.

heres my photobucket account where i uploaded the images:
Josefinnewfoundlover on March 25th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
Hello hello, thank you for this tutorial! well done! :D

Just a problem, I followed every step that you said and everyhting worked fine yesterday with the mood themes. Today it wont work, I dont know why and it drives me crazy. I've checked the URL's and they seem fine and PB is okay too. I don't get it, what is wrong? You can check my http://newfoundlover.livejournal.com/ , maybe you can see the problem... Thank you!
jubee: btvs: for the restless;mouthfullofdusteuterpeslullaby on March 25th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: problem!
They seem to be working fine for me, I can see the mood images and there aren't any broken links. If you're still having problems, LJ's reported some issues with mood theme submissions, so that may be the issue.
chrissttay on April 10th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
So, I uploaded the mood pictures into LJ scrapbook and from there. I'm confused. I think I have the codes right, but I don't know. How do I figure out whats the right link to post in the codes?
jubee: es: in a dawning ray;lit_glittereuterpeslullaby on April 10th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Help?
As it says in the above post, since you've uploaded your mood theme images to the LJ picture gallery, you'll have to find the 132 specific URLs for each mood image and match them to the moods in the adminconsolecodes.txt. I strongly suggest that you upload the mood images to a Photobucket.com album instead, as then you'll only need to use find/replace all with one URL.
Re: Help? - lizetm on April 30th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Help? - euterpeslullaby on April 30th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Help? - lizetm on April 30th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Erica Jean: audrey spring by joyfulsongforget_me_not_8 on April 14th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Hey. Sorry to bother you. Just another audrey nut here wanting mood themes. I uploaded 'em and everything, and pasted the URL and all (I have a free account), but whenever I post, it just shows up as a link. When you click on the link, than a window pops up with the picture and everything, but it doesn't show up on my journal. Heeeeeelp. Pwease. If you can. Thanx mucho.
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jubee: m: a plate of stars;calixaeuterpeslullaby on April 20th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
Your URLs aren't too long, they're fine. You just have an extra quotation mark at the end of the URL.
ladynicole99 on May 2nd, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Sorry to bother you... I have redone it a couple of times and they still will now show up. Can you please help me?

Thank you.
jubee: bsg: got you memorized;toastandteaeuterpeslullaby on May 2nd, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Your urls are currently:


You need to take out the "?start=120/" part, as it is used to link to the page where you upload photos to your album, not the album itself. Instead, use this when you're replacing the "http://www.hosting.com/" in your txt file:

(no subject) - ladynicole99 on May 2nd, 2006 01:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
{bad wolf}angagaladiel on May 10th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Hey, I've just uploaded the Doctor Who (General) theme (which is awesome!♥) to Photobucket and when I copy and paste a link into my browser it works fine. I am having an issue with the Admin Console. For every link, it just says "Failed! You do not own this theme." Any suggestions?
jubee: dw: starman waiting in the sky;calixaeuterpeslullaby on May 10th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
That means there's a problem with your themeID. When you enter in your "moodtheme_create" code into the admin console, it gives you a six-digit number. You need to replace the "12345" in the adminconsolecodes.txt file with that number. If you did this before and it gave you the error, try creating a new theme and using that number.
(no subject) - angagaladiel on May 10th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mrs. Letoshirven on May 10th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
What does the numbers in the third column mean?
jubee: a: pink magnolia in winter;sans_espoireuterpeslullaby on May 10th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
It's the moodID, a number assigned to each mood so that the admin console knows what URL to use for which mood.
#6472485: Bed Banter & Beyondworld_order on May 14th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I do not quite understand how to do the Admin Comsule step. Do I do this:
moodtheme_create "accomplshed" "(Tag)"
and do that for all 132 pics? I am not sure what to do there.
jubee: bsg: a poison;toastandteaeuterpeslullaby on May 15th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
No, the "Title of Theme" should be the title of the mood theme, not a mood. So if you were using the Buffy mood theme, the title could be "Buffy Summers Mood Theme" and the description could be "By Crackified". The actual moods come in in step 5.
happilyforeverhappilyforever on May 17th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, sorry to be a bother but i have a sponsered + account, and everything worked fine with putting in my mood theme. But it ends up looking like a box with a red 'X'.

Here's my photobucket url: http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b397/happilyforever/Closer%20Mood%20Theme/?start=all

I think its too long but i dont know how to shorten it. please help :)
jubee: al: ... vaughn?;merrylives15euterpeslullaby on May 18th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Take off the "?start=all" at the end of your URL and they should work.
(no subject) - happilyforever on May 18th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
kurai_seishin on May 21st, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ah thank you soo much! It was in the wrong format "jpg" and "png" XD <3 sankyuuu
shakirafan1090shakirafan1090 on June 3rd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
I did everything right with donloading and getting the images to Photobucket ect. but when I try to get a mood onto my LJ all that comes up is the URL for the photo and when you click on the photo it comes up in a totally seperate page?! I hope you followed what my problem is and I also hope you can help...?!?!
jubee: es: in a dawning ray;lit_glittereuterpeslullaby on June 3rd, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
You're posting using rich-text format. You can't use HTML in rich-text, or LJ will just post the codes. When you're updating, make sure you're using plain text mode.
ジエジエ   제제je12_vz09 on June 13th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
hi! i actually don't know where to find the admincode*.txt. i mean, it's says on the .zip file but i deleted already the zipped file of the theme that i wanna use. what should i do with this?
Joyjoyinthedance on December 31st, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
Hi, i know you asked this question a long time ago and never got a reply, but I was having the same problem and was wondering if you ever figured out how to do it. Also, if it makes a difference, I'm using a Mac.

(no subject) - euterpeslullaby on December 31st, 2006 06:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - joyinthedance on December 31st, 2006 07:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
Fuck the what?: Axel_Is_Flaming...Dammit!!^^;camatie on July 5th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, I did everything right, and I checked that I copy pasted everything right and all that, and it's not showing up on my computer. Maybe it's just my computer. Can you please check and see if they are working and if they aren't, do you haave any suggegstions? D=
(no subject) - camatie on July 5th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sabacat: A9 tora 0606sabacat on July 11th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Your tutorial is brilliant and totally worked perfectly and easily when I used the admin consol. I had no problems what-so-ever until I came to the drop down window and tried to find my community's new theme, and discovered it wasn't there.... it actually had shown up for my personal lj. Do you know how to get it onto a community?...is there a special way to sign in as a maintainer, or a special tag to add while in the admin console?
jubeeeuterpeslullaby on July 11th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
No matter how many times I beg LJ for an admin console command for mood themes on communities, they still haven't made one. You have to use the Custom Mood Theme Editor instead.

A tip, though? Upload the images you're going to use to a place that will allow you to just delete the images and re-upload new images to the same URLs when you want to change your theme. Otherwise you'll have to go through and do the whole hellish thing again if you ever want to change the mood theme.
(no subject) - sabacat on July 12th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hikaru_maxwell on December 27th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nickygabriel on March 2nd, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
woahh_its_steph on July 20th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have no idea what I'm doing wrongf, but it must be something. I tried to post it to my LJ, but when I did it came up with a box and a red x in it. I put in the entry:

[mood| annoyed]
[music| ]

As far as I see, it's correct, yet the image isn't showing up. What am I doing wrong?

Thank you!
jubeeeuterpeslullaby on July 20th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
You somehow got rid of the actual "mood.jpg" part of the URL, so right now you're just linking to your photobucket album.
Christinesleepy_darling on August 2nd, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Hey. I think I'm having the same problem as the person above me, though I'm not entirely sure. It seems everything is right. What am I doing wrong?

[mood| annoyed]
[music| Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back ]
jubee: a: love can damage your healtheuterpeslullaby on August 2nd, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
A few things:

1) You need to include the "http://" before your URL, or LJ automatically adds the URL to the end of the address of whatever page you're currently viewing.

2) You left out the / between your album name and mood.jpg.

3) You're telling LJ that your moods are jpeg, but they're really png. Do a find/remove and change all the ".jpg"s to ".png".
(no subject) - sleepy_darling on August 2nd, 2006 06:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - whisper_lillies on November 26th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - euterpeslullaby on November 26th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - whisper_lillies on November 27th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
loving life like a fat kid loves pielloydsgurl on August 2nd, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
Although I haven't used one of your mood themes (expect that to change in the future), I must say that your instructions and troubleshooter info have been very very helpful.

I've given you credit for your help in my userinfo.
Lovey-Dovey Nobodyrabu_rabu_u on August 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I am seriously at a loss and don't know what to do. i've uploaded the mood theme in my lj scrapbook thing and i put only a few of the moods in just to try if it works and from the ones i've put up so far, all come up as broken links. i've read the troubleshooting comments that are similar to my case, but they just made me even more confused and i now have a freakin' huge headache!! *moan* i need help... *goes off to take headache pillz*
jubee: bsg: a poison;toastandteaeuterpeslullaby on August 2nd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
As it says in this post:

If you're using a site such as ImageShack, TinyPic, or LJ's picture scrapbook, you need to replace all of the URLs in your codes one by one. This is because when you upload an image to a site like this, it does not keep the file name, and instead assigns it a random number/letter combination. If you're determined to use one of these services instead of PB or a domain for hosting, you'll have to go through each of the 132 moods and copy/paste the URLs into the admin console codes to replace the default URL.

I suggest you upload them to photobucket.com instead.
(no subject) - rabu_rabu_u on August 2nd, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Carla: ZacVanmizz_cg on August 3rd, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't see this answered up there.

But is there a certain file size the mood theme have to be?

Is it like the userpics where it needs to be below 20kbs for LJ to accept it? or it doesn't matter?

Thank you!
jubeeeuterpeslullaby on August 3rd, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Nope, there's no maximum or minimum. LJ just shows whatever image is at the URL you enter.
(no subject) - mizz_cg on August 3rd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mariannainsunshine on August 10th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, so this is going to sound like an extremely dumb question, but I really am lost.

I have a Mac, so when the file that's supposed to be downloaded onto Notepad (which I don't think I have) it uses TextEdit instead, and I can't find the 'replace' option.

What do I do?

I have everything uploaded, I did the Admin console thing, I just can't get around this bit.
jubee: a: taking lots of vitamins;sans_espoireuterpeslullaby on August 10th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no experience with macs, so I'm not sure what program you could use instead. Maybe something like this? I can't try it out, but I think it might be worth a try.
(no subject) - ladykuroda on June 16th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
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jubeeeuterpeslullaby on August 12th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Copy/paste one of the lines in your admin console code in here so I can see what the issue is. The 80 40 shouldn't be a problem.
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