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Customizing the Mini-Storefront with CSS

One of the really useful things about the new HTML/Javascript Mini-Storefront Widget is that it generates your storefront display in good old-fashioned HTML. As a result, you can use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to customize the display of your storefront. This guide will give you an overview of the customization options available, and demonstrate how to use them. You don’t need to be a CSS guru, but knowing a little about CSS will help (learn more about CSS).

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Lulu Offers Sweet Surprises for Valentine’s Day

Hi, my name is Shannon. A recent Lulu addition, I’m serving as an intern in the area of Public Relations. Part of my job here at Lulu is to find some of the really interesting and unique creators on Lulu. As you can imagine, I spend a good bit of time perusing our site checking out the hottest new items on our marketplace.

With that in mind, I would like to pass along some of these finds to those of you still searching for that perfect gift for your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Lulu’s marketplace is a wealth of great gift possibilities that you can purchase or use as a model to get your creative juices flowing. For example, 50 Reasons Why You Should Marry Me and 51 Reasons Why I Should Marry You is a photo book created by Lulu user Cameron Kelly to propose to his girlfriend. Photo books, which are like scrapbooks minus the glue and the time-consuming process, are very quick and easy to make so that your gift doesn’t appear last minute.

Another way to surprise your sweetie this 14th is to compile a collection of your favorite recipes to cook together. Your personalized “couple’s cookbook” is sure to make your Valentine swoon. Seal the deal by cooking an entree or two from your new publication.

A final gift suggestion is to publish the story of how you and your significant other met. Use illustrations, clip art or photos to add special details such as what color they were wearing on the first date. This sweet gift can be a meaningful keepsake that will last much longer than any flowers or candy.

Still stumped? Take a look at Beyond the Roses and Chocolates: How to WOW Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by Buffy Johannsen for more gift ideas.

Also, be sure to check out some of our other fun Valentine’s-themed goodies to get in (or out) of the holiday spirit this week!

  • Spread love while giving hope to others by purchasing Love Is What We Do, a compilation of poetry on love. All proceeds are donated to the American Red Cross.
  • Sarah Meadow’s I Shot the Cherub is a single woman’s survival guide for Valentine’s Day that offers craft ideas, delicious recipes and theme-party ideas to help non-attached females get through that often dreaded day of the year.

Feel free to post any other fun Valentine’s Day items you find on our site in the comments section.

Shannon

Meet the Lulu Mini-Storefront Widgets

Ever wanted to put your Lulu storefront on your own website? Well, the community development team here at Lulu has been hard at work on some tools that let you do just that. We’re calling them the Lulu Mini-Storefronts and we’ve got three great options to choose from:

Javascript/HTML

Pros: Easy to add to your site, very customizable
Cons: Helps if you know CSS and HTML

Best For: Personal websites, personal weblogs, sidebars

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront Wizard
  2. Click on HTML/Javascript Widget
  3. Copy and paste the widget code on your site
  4. Use CSS to style the widget any way you want

Flash

Pros: Easy to add to your site, works well on profiles pages
Cons: A little too big for a blog sidebar

Best For: MySpace, other profile pages

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront Wizard
  2. Click on Flash Widget or MySpace Widget
  3. Customize your widget
  4. Copy and paste the widget code on your site

Facebook

Pros: It works on Facebook!
Cons: It only works on Facebook!

Best For: Facebook!

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront application on Facebook
  2. Click on Add Application

Jackson Fox, Community UX Engineer