Welcome to Behind the Layout, also known as BTL or simply Beetle! My name is Emma, and I've been running Beetle since August 2014. Here I hope to provide you with what you need to make your corners of Neopets look exactly how you want them, whether by using (or editing) one of my premade layouts or following a tutorial to create your own. Everything here is designed for your benefit; please feel free to take it, change it, frankenstein a completely new creation out of it - it's all there to be used!

Beetle is eternally in motion with new sections being added and new premades being premade. If there is something you would like me to cover or clarify in any section, or something new you'd like to see, please let me know!



Any comments or ratings are much appreciated!


News and Updates
Newest content: Disney's Frozen userlookups




Currently working on:

Petlookup Tutorial
This one's been requested by a couple of people now, so it's at the top of my to do list.
Beetle Resources
A selection of backgrounds and precoded CSS styles for headers, link buttons, etc.
Coding Tutorials
Including articles on image sprites, floated layouts, and the Model-View distinction between HTML and CSS.
25th August 2014 24th August 2014

Following suggestions in a review by Route 10, Beetle Tutorials are now spread across multiple pages for easier access. The top navigation has also been updated to be more uniform across different areas of the site, and the requests section has been rearranged to show the requests for different areas of the site more clearly. 23rd August 2014 22nd August 2014 20th August 2014

Previous updates have been cleared.
Site-wide Rules
Beetle operates under an open source policy - anything of mine on Beetle is yours to use as you wish. You do not need to provide credit, but it is much appreciated, and you can use the code for whatever you like - including your own premades.

That being said, please be respectful of any content used in the tutorials from other sites; if they ask you to credit, then you must credit.

Requests
Request a tutorial
You can request a tutorial for any graphics technique, coding topic or layout, even if I have not previously covered a similar area. Just describe the effect you are aiming for as clearly as you can, and I'll ask if I need to clarify anything else!
Request a premade
I do not make personalised layouts, but you can request a premade userlookup or petlookup either in an existing style or a new design. In your neomail, you can specify as much or as little as you like, whether it's a vague theme or a specific image and structure.
Request a resource
Here you can request simple graphics, such as backgrounds, and pre-coded elements such as css buttons or headers. Again, be as specific or vague as you like; if I need to ask for more details from you, I will.


Please give me a few days to respond, but if you think I haven't seen your neomail then feel free to resend.

Current Requests
  1. Petlookup Tutorial (aimierre and Gemmy)
  2. Harry Potter Userlookups (auntziggy1944)

All requested tutorials and layouts are free for anyone to use. Requested code reviews and bug fixes are for sole use of the requester, and will be removed once they have been picked up. I do not keep the code for these, so please make sure you have it somewhere safe!

Beetle's Hall of Fame
Here you can see what amazing layouts have been made using the tutorials in this guide. Have a gander and be inspired!

Bluefurwarriors's Anchored Userlookup

Aimierre's Anchored Userlookup





Section specific link back buttons for BTL Premades and BTL Resources coming soon
Recommended Sites
SWFs and Graphic Resources
Backgrounds and Web Resources
CSS and HTML Resources
Credits




Counter started August 11th 2014



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