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.

Most of the layouts on this page 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.
News and updates
20 June
What's this, what's this? Beetle has a sister site? Beetle has two? Yes, Beetle is now sister sites to the stunning Bejeweled and Jewel, both owned by Jewlz. If you don't already know them, A. why not? and B. go and take a look!
» + Button by Landscape
19 June
Columns, columns everwhere.
» +3 Petpage layouts
18 June
Check out the new post on what code applies where on the coding blog - with guest appearance by Shingie of TKM fame!
I've also now named all layouts to help people with questions about "the third one on the seventh set". Userlookups are named after flowers, petpages (naturally) are named after beetles.
» +1 Topic on the coding blog
» + Affiliate: Civoon
16 June
The petpages need more styles to catch up to the userlookup section; the new portfolio layout should help us along.
» +4 Petpage layouts
14 June
Beetle got reviewed! Thank you to the wonderful Jewlz for going through everything (and pointing out some major things oops fixing those now fixed!) And thank you also to Kelly and Polly for Beetle's new buttons!
» +1 Topic on the coding blog
» + Review by Period.
» + Buttons by Cariad & BBK
13 June
» + Affiliates: Pascal, Pebble, Alula, Aurum, Silent Serenity, Cariad, & Coding Revolution (phew)
» + Listers: Unwound Clock, Teacup & Miracle
12 June
Eeesh, I have so many topics I keep meaning to write up for the coding blog. Have z-index and selectors for today's offerings.
» +2 Topics on the coding blog
11 June
New layout! Had the dark one for too long; time for something brighter.
Older updates cleared

Recommended
by Beetle



* Closed / hiatus, but
still good content
(N/A for tutorials)



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

Any new userlookup or petpage
Sourcing a style of tiling background
Topics covered on the coding blog


Personalised graphics for any layout
Recolouring or full page backgrounds
In depth tutorial walk through
Current Requests
» Column style petpage with many links
» Blog topic: styling links
» Blog topic: styling columns
» Side scrolling userlookup

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? Written 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 TKM Backgrounds
» Graphics found through various free wallpaper sites
» Backgrounds through various free background and pattern sites
» Resources in premades credited where used



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