Beetle comes from BTL, an acronym of "Behind The Layout". It's a site to help you personalise a layout or even make your own from scratch. It's been around in various forms since March 2012.

Many of the layouts on this site are designed to be building blocks - take them apart, find out how they work, replace their graphics with wonderful images of your own creations. Or leave them as they are; nothing wrong with a bit of simplicity.

If you want a bit more of an indepth explanation for how to make a layout, then head over to the tutorials page. Here, I walk you through several different layouts. Some of them are for beginners, some of them are more advanced; hopefully, all of them will show you something interesting.

And if coding interests you, then I sometimes post mini-rants and fun css tricks over here, on the coding blog. Or feel free to send a neomail my way with a question - my inbox is always open.
Need graphics or coding help? Interested in collabs? Want to be part of the wider graphics and coding community on neo? We're over here.
News and updates
21 July
I have a slightly insane week coming up (and it's my birthday this week, yay!) so requests are temporarily suspended. Sorry about this chaps, but they should open again for August!
» +5 userlookups
» + completed request
» + request
17 July
One new tutorial up - the first of the petpage tutorials! You can make an anchored petpage with this one, and there's even 4 new banners for you to swap in for the header. Coo.
» + petpage tutorial
» + completed request
» +4 banners
15 July
4 more petpages uploaded, these ones for a guild webbie layout. But! In more exciting news, the layouts come with banners that can be easily swapped out - for one of Beetle's new banners! Yup. New section for Beetle. Branching out into graphics. It's a scary scary world out there.
» +4 petpage layouts
» + completed request
» +2 requests
» +16 banners
12 July
One more for the coding blog and 4 petpages. These are site-in-a-box style again, a premade site for layout makers - but as ever, modify to your hearts' content.
» +4 petpage layouts
» + topic on the coding blog
10 July
Coding blog updated with a post on clearing floats. Useful stuff.
» + topic on the coding blog
» +2 requests
8 July
Two new petpages uploaded - Seven Spot and Mignonette. These are more involved than I usually make; let me know what you think of the new site-in-a-box style! Also, thoughts on animated previews? Yes/no?
» +2 petpage layouts
» + completed requests
Older updates cleared

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* Closed / hiatus, but
still good content
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Rules
These layouts are free for any use.
Credit is appreciated, but not required.
You may edit any part of these layouts.
You may use what you learn to build layouts for other people.
(Just please don't redistribute my layouts as they are)

Do you offer premades or requests based on Beetle code?
Let me know; I'll list you below as a collaborator!
Request Status

Topics covered on the coding blog


Any new userlookup or petpage
Sourcing a style of tiling background
Personalised graphics for any layout
Recolouring or full page backgrounds
In depth tutorial walk through
Current Requests
» Portfolio with drop down navigation
» Petpage for guild recipes

No form, just describe what you want and send it my way!
Sister Sites
Bejeweled and Jewel are two sites run by the ever fabulous Jewlz offering premade and custom layouts, lookups, buttons and resources of exceptionally high quality. You want that little something to make your site really stand out? Jewlz has you covered, friend. Somewhere in her family of sites you will find exactly what you need.
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Collaborators
Interested in making a layout using Beetle code? Or working with me to build something new? Fabulous. Let's talk.

Contributors
Got a tip or a topic for the coding blog? A guide to link from the tutorial page? Made a layout? Genius. Let's talk.

credits
» Request status signs by Foomanshu
» Neomail icons by Whirligig
» Low opacity fills and various backgrounds by lolwhut.
» Graphics and backgrounds from various free wallpaper sites including
planwallpaper, pixelstalk, subtlepatterns, hdwallpapers, bg-repeat,
oldtimewallpapers
and others
» Resources in premades credited where used, but often involve
Bejeweled, Landscape and lolwhut.



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