How to Change Blogger/Blogspot Templates

If your blog is hosted with Blogger and you are not happy with the default blog templates provided by Blogger, then you certainly do have an option to change it and give a more professional or elegant look to your blog.

To change the default template, you need to first download a good template for your blog. So have a look here: Free Blogger Templates

Once you are done with selecting and downloading the template of your choice from the link above, then you have to upload that template to your blog.

So follow these steps:
1. Log in to Blogger (You are at dashboard)
2. Go to the Layout section.
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 notepads in your computer (Because when you change the template, you might lose all the widgets content)
5. Now go to “Template” section and click on “Backup/Restore” button.
6. Now in the pop up, click on “Download full template” (This is done to take a backup of the current template, in case you want to revert back to your old template)

7. Now upload the new template using the “Choose file” button in the same popup.
8. Follow the instructions given with the new template to arrange the widgets and make links active.
9. Follow the SEO tips given by BloggerStop to make sure your new template is Google ready 🙂
That’s it folks! you are done with a complete makeover of your blog 🙂

38 thoughts on “How to Change Blogger/Blogspot Templates

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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 !

  6. 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 "".

  7. 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?

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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,

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

  15. 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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