Turn your blogger blog into a professional looking website by following this tutorial. In this post, I’m gonna show you the steps in giving a professional look to your blogger blog, by applying a Custom Template. Don’t know to start a blog on Google Blogspot? Our Tutorial on Stating your First blog in Blogger, Running your blog on a custom Domain, Adding Custom CSS to the Blogger Blog, may help you.
What is a custom Template?
Custom templates come with a lot of premium features. Few templates are free to use. Some are free to use with a non-removable footer credit to the original publisher of the theme. The premium feature includes post sliders, customized search box, category separated posts, custom navigation menu, customized footer, tabbed widgets, etc. Apply these templates, tweak it for your blog according to its contents and you are dome. Since blogger is a free platform, options are limited and in this post, I’m gonna show you to get more out of blogger.
Where to download templates?
Websites like https://www.way2themes.com/, https://btemplates.com/ etc., offers free templates with non-removable footer credits. To remove the theme publisher link you need to purchase the theme. If you are looking for advanced templates with support buy themes from https://themeforest.net. Download or buy a theme and keep it ready in an accessible location on your computer. If you buy templates from ThemeForest, clear documentation to use the theme comes bundled. You can modify the theme easily with the help of the documentation. Moreover, ThemeForest templates come with 6 months of customer support. The theme author helps you when you face problems with the theme. Most of the latest templates come with a responsive design. This is the big advantage of Custom Blogger Templates.
Before doing any major modification, we recommend you to create a backup. For the blogger blog, you have to export your blog posts using the export option in the general tab. The current template can be backed up from the template tab. If anything goes wrong we can easily restore your blog and the style from these files. Now we are going to change only the template, so backing up the template alone is sufficient.
Applying the theme to Blogger blog
Login to your Blogger Dashboard with your Google account. Click your blog name and navigate to Template from the right pane as shown. Click Edit HTML as shown here.
Replace the codes with the custom template code. We recommend using the text editors like notepad ++ to edit the custom template. If the theme comes with the documentation, read it completely before doing any modification. Here for the illustration, a free blogger template called Modern Mag is applied. Replace the default codes with the custom template codes and click save template button at the top. Wait for a moment now click on View Blog button at the top.
Read the documentation fully to make your Blog look like a professional website. Since I don’t have any posts on my blog it looks like
A fully customized blog with all features like sliders, categorized post, etc will look like this.
You have now customized your blog to make it look like a professional website. New to blogger, our tutorial on starting your first blog in blogger may help you.
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