Monday, July 12, 2021

Altering the appearance of the Blogger Site Utilizing Themes

When you put up a brand new Blogger site, you can make from among sixteen default different templates, many which may have more than one theme variation you are able to select. When I first started blogging, I often tried several of the default templates before I settled using one that suit the theme of my site okay. You should use among the following methods to improve your existing template.

Picking a New Blogger Default Template

After you set up your blog, you could decide that you don't like the template so much, or you may just want to give it a new look. There are always a handful of ways you are able to change your template. The best way is always to simply switch to among the other default templates supplied by Blogger. You are able to switch templates by visiting Layout -> Pick New Template from your own Blogger account dashboard. You can pick a brand new template as simply as you selected your initial one. All the info (posts, pictures, and videos) you have already placed on your own blog will be retained. Blogger's system separates the particular information (your posts and media) presented on a web log from the method by which the info is presented - your blog's theme.

When you change your template by choosing Pick New Template, Blogger's system is intelligent enough to preserve the gadgets you actually have set up. For instance, when you yourself have added some gadgets utilizing the Add a Gadget link on the Layout -> Page Elements page, those gadgets will be preserved in your template design. I'll discuss later a way for changing your template design that needs more caution.

Editing Your Template's XML Code

Another way that you could customize your template is by editing the blog's template file. You are able to access the template file by visiting Layout -> Edit HTML. Blogger may possibly be much more accurate naming the web link "Edit XML", since that's what you're actually editing. What you will discover in the template file are some variable definitions, some CSS style definitions, and finally the human body of the blog page, which contains a number of XML tags that look something similar to this:

To be able to effectively edit your template beyond simply changing fonts and colors in the variable definition section, you'll need to know (or be willing to learn) some things about CSS and the Blogger XML schema. It will probably take some studying of the prevailing XML setup and some experimenting to make the improvements you're looking for. As you make changes, you should keep a copy copy of your last working template so you don't have to return to work from the initial template file if you mess something up.

Installing a Third-party Blogger Template

The next way to improve your blog's theme is always to download and install a Blogger template produced by a designer. There are many free Blogger templates designed for download all around the Internet.

To set up a third-party Blogger template, save the template XML file to your computer. Then, from the Layout -> Edit HTML page, click Browse..., and find the template file on your own computer. Then click Open to go back to the Edit HTML page. Click Upload to upload the newest template.

Something to remember if you're employing a third-party blog template is that when you yourself have added gadgets to your blog (e.g. Followers, Poll, Labels, etc.), you have to be careful when employing a third-party template in order to avoid removing those gadgets. In the event that you download and install a template that doesn't support your custom gadgets, they'll be deleted when the newest template is saved.

If your template does have gadget discrepancies, you'll receive the next message once you click the Upload button.

Widgets are about to be deleted

Please concur that the next widgets should be deleted. All the widgets'configuration data will be lost.

The warning message will likely then list those gadgets that will be deleted if you proceed with uploading the newest template. To prevent losing your existing gadgets, you may need to obtain the XML tags that represent those gadgets in your present template, and merge those tags to the template you wish to upload. Doing this might be a little tricky. You might be able to have some assistance from the initial template designer.

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