December 2, 2008

How to Change Blogger/Blogspot Templates

If your blog is hosted by Blogger, then you may not be happy with the free blog templates, provided by Blogger. So if you want to give a professional look to your blog, then you must first change the template.

Before you change your template, you need to download a good template for your blog, so first have a look here: Free Blogger Templates

Now after selecting and downloading the template, you have to upload this template to your present blog.

So follow these steps:
1. Log in to Blogger (You are at dashboard)
2. Click on the Layout link, for the appropriate blog.
3. Now you will see a page similar to this:

4. Click on the "Edit" links on the widgets, and back up their content in text/note pads in your computer (Because when you change the template, you will lose all the widgets content)
5. Now click on the "Edit HTML" link (top menu).
6. Now in this new page, click on "Download Template" (This is done to back up the template, in case you want to revert back to your present template)

7. Now upload the new template, in case a message is displayed to remove any widget then click Remove and Save, as you have already saved the content in step 4.

that's it, now you have the same blog, with no change in content but a complete new look :)

Image credits: BloggerTricks


Anna said...

can someone help me?
I have changed the template on my blog. I see the new template, ävewn if I do not log into blogger. But when someone else looks at my blog, from another computer, so do not see it the same. Someone who had the same problem?
Anyone know anywhere I can find facts on this? like in Sweish. Mvh Anna

Divya Sai said...

Hi Anna

I can see your blog's template as purple in black, so if it is the one you want to show, then do not worry, everything is going fine !


foxnewsmalaysia said...

I changed my template using XML types but things goes wrong. I used the beta type, only god knows when I see my blog. Pls help me.

Divya Sai said...

Well I didn't find anything wrong in your blog, can you explain in detail what's going wrong ?


how do i add widgets to my new template after it is removed?

Sai @ Blogger Help said...

As written in the fourth step, you have to copy the content of each of the widgets and store them in notepads in your pc, before changing the template.
then once you have changed your template, then again go to the 'Layout' page, and add new widgets and then copy the content from your saved notepad files.

Anonymous said...

Hi All help me. What should i do?
After i change my blog template, someone can not write comment. I don't understand what is wrong. Please try to write a comment, and tell me what is wrong, what should i do? Please help me!!!
this is my blog . Sorry my english is not good.
Thank u all

sunflex said...

i really don't know how to change! ~x(

Anonymous said...

I need help!

I can't seem to upload the template which I want (Blue Marine Blogger Template) to my blogger.

Please tell me what to do.

With many Thanks!

Divya Sai said...

Send the template to my email id of course with your name and blog's address too...

RNJen said...

I tried to use a new template. Now, all of the sudden I do not have the "layout" tab anymore. What happened?

Divya Sai said...

Well this sounds something new RNJen, can you show me the screenshot?
And try to use a different Internet browser, and tell me if that solves the issue...

RNJen said...

I don't even know how to do a screen shot...maybe I am in over my head in this blogging business?!

Divya Sai said...

It's not that difficult RNJen,
simply do this:
1. log in tot blogger, and as you are saying that the layout tab is missing, so either go to "posting" or "settings" tab, and then
2. hit the PrintScreen [PrtScn] button in your keyboard, now you have taken the picture of the content being displayed displayed in the screen (your Blogger account page)
3. Now paste this image in MS Paint and then save the image as either .jpg or .png
4. Finally upload the image to and then give me the link to that image.

If you have any doubts, feel free to comment here !

RNJen said...

Thanks for the advice! Here is the link:

Diana Mc. said...

Here's the error message I keep getting...who knows what to do ? Trying to upload to blogspot and have a classic template in place.

Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: The element type "meta" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

Sai @ Blogger Help said...

There will be meta tag in the template, you are trying to upload, like this:

<meta ************>

So add a slash '/' in the end in that tag:

<meta **********/>

Nita said...

Although the instructions are fantastic, the comments make one feel a little nervous about changing the template.

Divya Sai said...

Hey Nita,

If you do not make any mistakes in step #3, #4 and #5, then nothing will go wrong. Good luck!
BTW I like palmistry too, can you tell me on average how accurate it can be?

Divya Sai said...

Just read your latest post, I got my answers..thanks :)

Uspech said...

thank you very much! It helped me a lot!!!
Wish u the best.

rosy said...
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Bath said...

Thank you for your posting. I really enjoyed it.

Murky said...

i always do like what u said before i change to new templets

The xGrunge said...
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Sarcastic Soprano said...

I've been trying to upload a template from Amuki all night, literally...I go to the upload a template from your hard drive on blogger, but everytime I try to upload it, I get a bad request page...can someone please help me?

Sai @Blogger Help said...

Clear your browsers cookies, templ files etc.
Or use another Internet browser
Or else there might be some problem with that template, if you are able to upload other templates in the same browser without errors.

Guatemalan Genes said...


Very useful blog!

Will I use my followers when I change the template?

Divya Sai said...

If you meant you 'lose' your users, when you change the template,
then no you won't lose any of them.
Change the template and again add the followers widget.

Elizabeth said...

Hi, Sai. First let me say that I am a big fan of your site!! a regular visitor and I have used much of your information, so thank you for that!

question: I recently switched templates. After doing so, I noticed that my google analytics are stagnate, as in - showing no new visitors since my template switch.

Any suggestions on why this is?

I look forward to your response! Thanks so much,

Sai - Blogger Help said...

Hi Elizabeth,

As you have changed the template, so most probably the code for Google Analytics hasn't been moved to your new template.
Simply go to your G-analytics account and copy the code the code in to your new template (in a HTML/JavaScript box), and save the widget.
That's it.

Elizabeth said...

thank you for such a quick response, sai! i'm sure that was it. i just pasted the code back in to my html and will see if that was it. thanks again! you're the best!

Sai - BloggerStop.Net said...

You are most welcome Elizabeth...
Glad to help you :)

a big girl. . . . . said...

tq.. it helped me a lot..

teecup said...

I initially thought that switching templates will merely change the look of my blog site.

Gauging from the other bloggers' posts here, am I correct to assume that meta tags will be deleted during a template switch?

I have verification tags from Google, Yahoo and Alexa on my blog site.

Olawale Daniel said...

Thanks a lot for this awesome tutorial. I have used the tmeplates on my blogger website and it works. Thanks for the awesome tips :)

ravi said...

can you suggest me a best template for my blogspot blog
based on computer tips

เจ้าของบล็อก said...

new look blogger have no upload dialox box .
but i paste html code into below box but it not show results
i ver serious

Eka Dressy said...

Hello...I'm trying to change my templates to a new look but it's an error message keep appearing like this
Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure that all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: Content is not allowed in prolog.

Can someone help?

Joel V John said...

guys,i added a template to my blog and there after it is not showing any of my posts.Can you please tell me a way to make it visible please? i need it very urgently.Thanks a lot in advance

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