CoolChaser Blog

Layout SHOULD be looking right now

Posted on: March 13, 2008

UPDATE (3/14/07): We updated our site so your blog page and band page should be showing background images for any new layouts created. Try it out!


Looks like MySpace hired a new ambitious engineer! (ooops sorry for the cynical tone :D) Well, it seems like they are working hard to change some stuff that is messing up some of our layouts.

There were couple of changes:

1) They are converting all the single quotes (‘) into an unicode character ’ for all the band profile pages and the regular blog pages.

So instead of a rule


It’s changing to


This prevents the rule to be read correctly and will basically ignore the rule and stop any images to show up correctly. How annoying!

It’s a bit a pain to fix it yourself so I would recommend inserting the layout again when we update our site’s code. Will announce on this blog whenever we are updated.

2) They are stripping out any non standard html tags

In order for users to easily change layouts, we had all our layout codes enclosed in a tag <coolchaser>. OK so this isn’t a valid html tag, but by enclosing in it, we were able to immediately recognize our code so we won’t delete any other tweak codes you might have had in your profile.

Anyway, last Saturday or so MySpace started stripping out all those non standard tags and made it into “…”

So, if you inserted your layout sometime around March 8 to 10th or so, changing your Coolchaser layout to a new one might have not worked.

This has been fixed on our site already. So if you find the layout replacement not working, manually delete the code, and try our site again to insert a new layout. Once you do that, the automatic update for any new layout from our site should work like before.

3) They are sooooooo slooooooooooowwww

OK, this is not a MySpace change perhaps, but MySpace has been painfully slooooooooowwwww lately. I mean we are sometimes slow because of so many traffic and since they have 100 times more traffic than us, it must be hard to have a fast and efficient site. Anyway, the sad thing is, when MySpace is slow, we become slow too 😦

When myspace is slow, and we have lots of layout inserts waiting, and then when MySpace suddenly become fast again, we get slammed, and in the past few weeks, our servers couldn’t cope with that slamming and became even slower for up to a few hours after MySpace has recovered.

This might have resulted an error to show on our site such as “oops we messed up!” or simply the page doesn’t load to a new page and get stuck there for 6 hours (I get emails from people saying I waited for 5 hours or so, sorry about that!)

So we are going to have a “time out” thing soon, which is when we recognize the layout isn’t getting inserted, we will just switch automatically to show codes. I know, it’s a pain to manually copy that code, go to your profile, erase the existing code, and paste the new one, but at least I think people will feel like they are in control of the situation. Will also announce when this is implemented!

Phew! So that’s all for now, but will let you know when something like this happens again! Thanks again for trying us and for your loyalty! xoxoxox


17 Responses to "Layout SHOULD be looking right now"

Hey Sachiko,
Your second code to show the bad code is the same as the first. 😛
&amp; sista!

At least it wasn’t all in my head. I was beginning to think my profile was cursed. I’ll just try to be patient. I look forward to having a layout as close to what I had before because I loved it. This is frustrating to say the least.

GAAA! WordPress converts my &rsquo; to single quotes everytime I savwe! EEEKS! Thanks for pointing it out sista!

Hey Mike, yeah it’s not in your head so you can perhaps relax for today not worrying about it 🙂 Yes, I’m saying this to myself too so I won’t go bold! 😀

Sachiko, you meant bald, right? Otherwise, we like you, bold! 😉

Okay for like 2 days I thought I was just dumb..LOL I think I changed my profile 20 times before realizing there were tech problems. So frustrated. Ugh.. but its not me its U! I really like these layouts…Guess I’ll wait 🙂

I am interested in doing my picture like yours is done. I just started doing photography as a hobby and I love the way your pic. looks. any tips?

I can’t get rid of the upper picture from my last layout. That little irish angel won’t go away. Help??

yea its pretty good

hey do u set the layout on your myspace

i still do not get it!!

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Go to ImageShack® to Create your own Slideshow

I was searching for an answer and came across this site. I got a background from the cool chasers website and it will not show through. It pops up for a few seconds and then disapears and goes grey. I am at my wits end with this. PLEASE save me..

I’m so sick of myspace. nothing ever works on here. where is my profile???????????????????????????????????? I have tried for days, all day most of the night to figure you gurues out and try to figure out how the hell a normal person is suppose to enjoy getting their profile screwed up all the time and no way to fix it.

I have watched and watched the Video to show me how to get rid of the old background created through my space editor (at least I think that is where I worked with that background at) and it tells me I dont have an updated flash I downloaded that,, and it still doesnt show up to delete it through myspace profile editor..So now what.. I cant get rid of the tinkerbell background.. its there till the page loads then it goes back to tinkerbell.. How do I fix this on my profile page?? Ive been working all day on it..What would I look for or download to get the Profile Editor back?? I really hate this new crapt thats going on!! IT use to be easy.. 1 2 3 and it was done.. What is wrong with it??

It’s okay. Just chill out and listen to my new song.

Halloween with Jim Beam
words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2009

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