How to Edit a Blogger Template

by Michelle Mista

Blogger offers you two different tools to change or edit your blogging template. You have Template Designer, a Blogger-created tool that allows users with little to no knowledge of HTML and Web design to create their own customized template designs, and the Edit HTML tool, which allows more advanced users to customize their Blogger code manually.

Log in to your Blogger account, and scroll down to "Manage Blogs." Choose the blog that you would like to edit by clicking the "Settings" link at the top of the screen. Click the "Design" tab, and then choose the "Template Designer" option. This takes you to the Template Designer where you can modify your template. The top half of the Template Designer has the tools to customize your blog while the bottom half is a preview screen that reflects the changes as you make them.

Choose a template that you would like to use for your blog or website. On the upper right hand portion of the Template Designer, click the "Templates" link to choose your templates. Blogger provides six basic templates for users to choose from with various backgrounds and color schemes.

Customize the background. On the upper right-hand portion of the Template Designer, click the "Backgrounds" link to choose the background image and color scheme for your blog. You can select the background image or upload your own background image to use. This section also allows you to determine your blog's color scheme.

Customize the widths of the elements of your template. On the upper right hand portion of the Template Designer, click the "Adjust widths" link to adjust the widths of your blog and sidebars. This option allows you to determine the maximum width of your blog and the maximum and minimum widths of the sidebar. You can set the widths manually or set them with a slider that shows you how it will appear in the Template Designer preview window below.

Customize your layout. On the upper right hand portion of the Template Designer, click the "Layouts" link to choose your preferred layout. This option allows you to customize how your content appears on your blog or website. You can choose from different body layouts that vary the sidebar and footer placement.

Save your changes. Once you have customized the template to your liking, click the orange "Apply to Blog" button in the upper right hand corner of the Template Designer tool. This will save and apply your changes to your Blogger template.

Use the "Edit HTML" option. The Edit HTML function allows users to copy and paste or upload raw HTML to design their blogger website. Log in to your Blogger account and scroll down to "Manage Blogs" and choose the blog you would like to edit by clicking the "Settings" link at the top of the screen. Click the "Design" tab, and then choose the "Edit HTML" option.

About the Author

Michelle Mista has loved technology since her earliest days. She began her career as an IT professional in the Silicon Valley. Mista combines her love of technology and writing to write about technology for the non-techies.

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