Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How to backup your New Blogger template and edit the template

If you intend to do any editing of the template of your New Blogger template, a wise thing to do is first backup your current template PLUS edit your Page Elements one by one, pasting the content into Notepad files and saving them together with your backup template. This has been made very easy for you. Just sign into the Dashboard, and in the section for the relevant blog, click LAYOUT, then click the TEMPLATE tab. Click the EDIT HTML sub-tab below that. This will open your template editor window where you can make changes to your template, but before you make any changes to the template, it is always wise to BACKUP the template first.

To backup the template, click the "Download full template" link and save the backup template into a suitable folder with a filename like blognameDate (substitude blogname with the name of your blog, plus any information that will help you pick out the template you want such as information on changes you plan to make, etc.) or other system of naming which will enable you to identify the backup template easily.

If you have been adding Page Elements, you should also edit the Page Elements one by one and copy its content into Notepad files, save them into the same folder that you save your backup template. This is because when you upload your backup template, there is a possibility that some Page Elements will not be saved. If you have backed up these Page Elements, all you need to do is to put them back.

Backing up Page Elements have been described in more details in Back New Blogger Page Elements (click BACK button to get back to this page).

After you have done that, you can edit the template in the template editor window with peace of mind, knowing if you mess it up, you can just upload your backup template plus put back in any Page Elements that got deleted in the process, and you will be back to your former state.

Regarding editing of the template, how you do it will depend on what you want to do. The simplest would be to edit the template without expanding the widget templates. The template will be easiest to read as it leave out a lot of parts of the template. However, sometimes this is not good enough, you will have to tick the "Expand widget template" to get access to the rest of the template. Whichever way you do will depend on what you want done. Follow the instruction.


FL Sam said...

Hi Peter, Is it possible to upload a wordpress template to Blogger so that I can use it. Understand we cant FTP wordpress template to Blogger. But I see many Bloggers using uploaded template.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Sam,

I am sorry, if it is at all possible, I don't know. I doubt it is possible. Maybe someone adapted the Wordpress template for Blogger, but I have not come across any site that offers it.

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worren said...

Is it possible to answer me via my e-mail ,peter
thank you in advance

worren said...

hi peter,
At this time I have one Dot template blgger and now I would like to change it to 3-column Dot template.So could you tell step by step how i can transfer whole of my page element i made in the the previous template to the new template(3-column) please give some advice .

§j a.k.a. Boobie Pottyshorts said...

Hi Peter,

I have done some searching trying on your blog trying to find the instructions to edit the template so that the links in the LINKS LIST open in a new window. I did do this following your instruction and it work just fine but for some reason the darn things are opening in the same window so I need to edit the template once again.

Please point me to your post with thoise wonderful K.I.S.S. instruction.

Sally j

Peter said...

Please refer to the following post:

Add Link List (blogroll) for both old classic Blogger template and New Blogger template.

Please note the red text and links at the bottom of the post.

Peter Blog*Star
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Peter said...

To Woren,

Please refer to New Blogger templates modified to 3 column by Charlemagne Stavanger.

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Peter said...

For Woren,

Pleas refer to
Changing the New Blogger template (xml)
Back up and change New Blogger template (including Page Element)
Backup Page Elements in greater details

Peter Blog*Star
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Coach Chic said...

I wanted to copy an entire page (header, sidebar contents, etc.) and use it as the basis of another page. I'm getting the sense now, however, that it can't be done in a single operation. Help???

Kyle and Svet Keeton said...

Thank you very much for you post!

I just discovered by myself that it's impossible to restore gadgets even if you have full backup of your blog (made by Export blog).

And I came to the conclusion that to keep your gadgets in txt files - is the only way or you'll get to restore your gadgets from Search Engine cashes.

That's my article about Impossibility to restore gadgets (In Russian).