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05 June 2005 @ 10:53 pm
Instructions on how to upload your custom mood theme (for a free account)  
Thanks to LJ's new Plus account type, you no longer need to manually add your mood images to each entry. You can change to a Plus account, install your mood theme, and then either keep the Plus account or go back to Basic. If you choose the latter, your theme will still be on your LJ when you change. Now all instructions are on the paid user tutorial page.

I am going to keep this page up incase LJ ever changes its account types and no longer offers the same features.


Alright, due to the large amount of people commenting to tell me that you can use a mood theme with a free account, I've written up a tutorial on how to do so. Frankly, I think it would be a lot easier to just spend the $5 and get a paid account for 2 months, and then the mood theme would still be working when your paid account runs out. That way, if you wanted to change the theme, you'd just have to replace the images you have uploaded with the new ones, as the urls would still be the same.

Anyway, if you don't have the $5, or don't have any way to send it in, here's a tutorial on how to manually add each image to your entries for free accounts (if you have a paid account, go here).

1. Download the zip file for the mood theme you want, and unzip it in winzip or a similar program.

2. Then upload the 132 mood images to your domain, or an image hosting site like Photobucket. Do not change the file names. If the file names are changed, then this will not work.

3. Download this file, and open it.

4. Using the replace tool (Edit > Replace, or ctrl+h in most programs), replace "http://www.hosting.com/" with the url to the folder that stores the images on your domain, or the photobucket album. Make sure you select "replace all", and that it does it for every line. Also, make sure that there is a / between your url and the mood.

5. Now, save the file somewhere that's easily accesible, as you'll need to pull it up every time you make an LJ entry.

6. When you're ready to make an entry, open the file. Before you start typing the entry, figure out what mood you want to use for this entry, and then paste in the corresponding line into the top of your entry. If you want to specify music for this entry, then type that in between the | and ]. If not, delete the second line. Press your enter button a couple times, and then type in your entry. Do not fill in the "mood" or "music" text boxes. If you do, then it will look like you entered them in twice. To see a screencap of what your formatting should look like now, click here.

Your entry should look like this once it's posted:

"[mood| weird]
 [music|The Arcade Fire - No Cars Go]

Blah blah blah"

If not, go through the steps again. If you're still having problems, comment here and I'll try to help.

7. Please make sure to credit me in your info if you do use one of my mood themes.

That's all!

Before you comment with any problems with your mood theme upload, please READ THIS TROUBLESHOOTING POST.
mood: listless
Music: Whiskeytown - Choked Up
elizajane86 on June 6th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
You mean...I...spent 5 bucks for nothing?!!!

Okay...not for nothing...I did want to get a paid account for another 2 months :D I did it once before and had so much fun with it, I wanted to do it again.

.anitaanita on June 7th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
kayti michellethoushaltkissme on June 9th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
i love you. you probably have no idea who i am, but i absolutely adore you. i was dying because i couldnt use my pretty Friends mood theme set. and now, thanks to you, i can. :-D
Sage: die kickassiconizecutiebabie2391 on February 23rd, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
I love that icon
(no subject) - thoushaltkissme on February 23rd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cutiebabie2391 on February 23rd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thoushaltkissme on February 23rd, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
wtf_blurp on June 9th, 2005 06:48 am (UTC)
w00t!!!! Thanks a heap, you'll be credited in my userinfo:)
キャサリン: what is in this cofeekiyda on June 21st, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
thank you.
serenity_ii: dreamy Harryserenity_ii on July 25th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, where'd that avatar image come from (I mean, is that from Goblet of Fire or what)? That's quite cool.
a_fallingstar_ on June 25th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
wow!! thx so much- and the themes are great. will use and credit, but im not sure which one i will take, they are all great
elementsix on June 28th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
Your Wilson theme is perfect! Thanks you so much both for the theme and the tutorial (I'd be lost without it). I'll credit you in my userinfo.
t a m a k o b i: ourselvessuwillgetu on June 30th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I've been wanting to use a certain mood theme for a while now and I thought I'd have to get a paid account to use it... Thanks again!!!! ^_^
Lilyquiet_river on June 30th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
yay! thanks so much for posting this. what a nice trick! :)
it's really a great help for all of those who have free accounts.
maríaisis_azariel on June 30th, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
thanks so much =) i will credit! =)
Day Dreamerhikaru_daydream on July 1st, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for making this theme! It's so beautiful. As soon as I get it all uploaded and such I'll credit you. :nodnod:

Thanks again! :hugs:
Blordstarfish on July 3rd, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hi, I came here from the gimmehellopro community and was trying to do as you said, but when I went to download the rtf file you said to download, Windows said I don't have a program to open it and it didn't list any programs I could download ^^: Is there a program I need to download somewhere or am I doing something wrong?
jubee: house [subtle big cane;merrylives15]euterpeslullaby on July 3rd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
You probably just don't have Wordpad or Wordperfect, which are the programs that use .rtf. Do you have Microsoft Word? If you do, I can try uploading it as a .doc instead.
(no subject) - lordstarfish on July 3rd, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - euterpeslullaby on July 3rd, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
deb_almighty on July 4th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wow! I love Hugh and Bridget so I wil take it thank you so very much
QDShammerxsword on July 10th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
This is a wonderful tutorial. Will be crediting you for sure for the know-how.
scarlettscarlettrose_ on July 11th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
i tryed someone elses way to put the mood themes on(i have free account) and then i tryed yours and it still wont work..i dont know why it wont. i followed all the directions on hers and yours. do you think you might be able to help me?
jubee: house [turn a square;calixa]euterpeslullaby on July 11th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
For some reason, you're using the url address "http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/abbie322/friends%20moodset-fandom_moods/thankful.gif/thankful.gif". As you can see, the mood repeats at the end. If you take off the "/thankful.gif", then the image works. I don't know how you managed to repeat the mood.gif portion, but you'll need to take off the /mood.gif off of each part of the code before you use it.
(no subject) - scarlettrose_ on July 11th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scarlettrose_ on July 11th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
!!choruslines on July 11th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
you have no idea how much i love you right now.

allysteamrollpotter on July 12th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Thank youuuuuuuuu ♥
______faux on July 13th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
Do I have to individually upload the images or is their a quicker way.
132 is a big number..
Juliananemova on July 22nd, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Saving it to memories, thanks a bunch! :D
serenity_ii: wax lionserenity_ii on July 25th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)

Thanks very much for all your work and for making it easy for me to use what you've done!
_illusiveallure_illusiveallure on July 30th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thats a lot of uploading. Is there a way to upload them all at the same time?
jubeeeuterpeslullaby on July 30th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - _illusiveallure on July 30th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
floorshow icons: amy poehlerfloorshow on July 31st, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
whoot i'll have to try this. thanks a lot!
Anna: drunk quiltstudyingstones on August 3rd, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
hey. just commenting to let you know i downloaded the Secretary mood theme. i credited you in my user info. thanks a bunch. :)
jubee: ff [strange & beautiful;calixa]euterpeslullaby on August 4th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
I've never made a Secretary mood theme. Did you mean this one by xagentstarling?
(no subject) - studyingstones on August 4th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The watery tart who lobs scimitars.: hawkiezayden on August 4th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! It wasn't so bad if you use find and replace in Word.
theblindwillseetheblindwillsee on August 6th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very, very, very much! I'm using the Princess Bride theme.