How to Edit Google Blogger Templates

Updated April 07, 2017

Millions of bloggers use Google Blogger for their platform. They can be edited to have the look you want you want to convey to your audiences. Blogger gives you several options including ready-made templates, finding a template on the web, or creating one of your own. Learning how to edit Google Blogger templates is easy once you know how. Then you can send post to your blog by e-mail, text message and even with a share button.

Open a Blogger account. If you already have a Gmail account, you use the same login information. The system will ask you to create a blog. You choose a name for your blog and input that name in the Title and URL sections. Google will then check to see if the URL is available. If it not available, Google will give you some options, but you can try variations of the name you chose. The simplest are usually adding the words "online" or "my" to it. An example would be myexample.blogspot or exampleonline.blogspot.

Pick your initial template from their options. You will edit this after the account is ready. Choose "Continue." You will see a message which says your blog has been created. At this point you can choose to write a post or edit the template. If you choose to edit the template, you will be taken to the Template Designer area. In this area you can change your template layout, background colour, or adjust widths.

Select the options that you wish from the menu above. For more customisation options, pick the "Advanced" button in the Template Design area to change how things like the font look on the page. You may also change the colour of your blog and designate which font is to be used for various pieces such as "Page Text" or "Blog Description."

Hit the "Back to Blogger" link. This page shows you a layout of the blog you just created. Select "Design," which is different from the "Template Design" area, because in this area you can only edit the HTML, upload a template or edit the template you have through the drop-n-drag set-up. This area shows which elements are already on your template, such as "About Me." You may remove items you do not want by tapping on them and clicking "Remove." To add elements, you will see spaces called "Add a Gadget." When you choose this option you will be able to choose various elements to place there, such as HTML embedding codes from YouTube, a custom form, or a new page.

Click the "Preview" button to make sure the blog looks how you want it to, and that embedded elements are not spilling over into your side columns. If they are, fix the width and length by editing the code and making it smaller. Default columns vary according to the design you selected. Once satisfied, select the "Save" button. You may now view how your blog will look to your viewers.

Select the "Settings" link at the top of your blog's dashboard page. Fill in a description of the blog and designate if it is to be listed in Google. You may also designate how many posts are displayed on your page when visitors view it. Finally, you will be able to set up the ability to blog by mobile and who can comment on your blog.

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Delores Williams is an author/ new media strategist. She has written over 500 articles on a variety of topics over the past ten years. Her work has been published by Oxford Press, online, and in newspapers around the Country. She is a graduate of Lee University.