Blogger is one of the best free content management systems (CMS) that provides state-of-the-art features to start a blog. It provides a wide range of blogger templates designed by official Blogger developers as well as third-party developers to suit your customization needs. Moreover, Google is continuously updating the blogger features and it is evolving a great choice for everyone who wants to start a blog for free. As a beginner, you may face problems regarding the installation of a template. It takes simple steps to install a template from your dashboard. Moreover, the templates do not require any coding knowledge on the part of the user to install them. In this article, we will highlight the important steps to install a blogger template.
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This method is very easy and takes a little time to install the template. You can follow the below steps to install a blogger template.
First in your blogger dashboard,
Go to the Themes tab in the left sidebar and click on it.
You will see the new window, now click on Customize
You will see several options, just press Restore,
the new window will popup click Upload
Choose file and click open, It will start uploading. The uploading will take a few seconds and your theme will be uploaded.
According to this method, you can copy and paste the XML file in the blogger theme/template editor. You can follow the below steps to upload the template via this approach.
The other steps remain the same, instead of clicking on restore, just click on Edit HTML.
When you click on Edit HTML, the theme editor will open,
Click anywhere in the template and copy the entire code by pressing CTRL+C and deleting the code.
Now go to a blogger XML file and open it via some code editor or notepad.
Copy the entire code and paste in the blogger theme/template editor. Click save and you are done with uploading your template with this method.
Customization of Blogger theme
After uploading the template you can either customize the look and feel of the template or go to layout to add some widgets to it.
To customize the colors, backgrounds and other supported elements of the theme click customize and you will see the Blogger customizer screen that allows the change of backgrounds, colors, and related elements. Depending upon the theme you uploaded, there can be different customization options. The premium blogger templates and themes provide even more customization options as compared to free themes. So, customize the theme according to your inspirations.
The blogger dashboard also provides the layout editor after you upload a template. You can access it from the layout tab in the blogger dashboard’s left sidebar.
Here, you can edit any widget, add a new widget and change the text, etc.
The aforementioned steps are valid only if you successfully upload the template without any error. However, if you find any error while uploading, you cannot upload the theme without fixing the error.
The error could be in the code i.e. the various tags in the code are not appropriately closed. Moreover, it can be wrong file format, bugs in the theme, and related issues.
The problem can be solved by contacting the template or theme designer. If you have purchased the third-party blogger theme, then defiantly you will get support. So, you can ask for support from the developer. Other options can be validating your template from the online resources etc.
In short, blogger provides enormous features for free to start a blog with no time. In addition to default blogger templates, it also supports custom templates developed and designed by third-party. Moreover, depending upon the template, you can easily customize the look and feel; add widgets and other elements in the template. Furthermore, in case of error while uploading the template, you can ask for support from the developer, forums and online resources.