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Make it Your Everywhere with CSS

We’ve been getting feedback on the new look (here, here, and here), and some of you have strong opinions of what works and what doesn’t. If that’s the case, you have our permission to go ahead and change it.
All it takes is knowing a little HTML, CSS and JavaScript or, knowing someone who does.
Once you’ve made a new look, send us a screenshot and CSS ( or links work too, we’re very open about that ). Then you, or both of you, will get credit because we’ll pick some of the best designs and share your hard work with the community.
How is this Possible?
The redesign of our site, was more then just what it looks like. One of the biggest changes was how we make the page looks the way they look. We moved all the pretty things into the CSS, which means that by changing one file we can alter the look. It also means you can too.
There are add-ons you can install that allow you to override the CSS in your web browser. GreaseMonkey or GreaseKit are just two examples that let you to automatically change the look of any website. Take a look at Helvetireader to see it in action.
Is this a contest?
If you mean, is this an opportunity for mad props and acclaim, then sure.
Is there a prize?
If the praise you’ll get from your peers and the Used Community is a prize, then yes.
Is there an end date to this?
Nope. We’re hoping this can be an ongoing process where you can keep submitting, and we’ll keep sharing. We’re open to evolve this to make it easier for everyone to share looks and themes. If you have any suggestions on making this better let us know.
How do you submit the screenshot and CSS?
Anyway you can get us a screenshot and CSS file. Chances are email is the best, but if you want to give us URL’s, twitter or facebook would work too.
What if all of this is too complicated?
Doing something like this always requires a little hacking, and some technical knowledge, so we understand this challenge isn’t for everyone. But, that’s where friends come in handy. Start making a call to work with folks who know and you can choose to collaborate.
We’re looking forward to what you can do.

Nick Kempinski is the leader of UsedEverywhere's social media efforts. Working with a team of writers to create this blog. But also works with great programmers to make all sites in the UsedEverywhere network more sharing friendly.

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