Some days ago, Blogger announced a new feature Template Designer through which users can easily design and customize layouts. The Template Designer was only available as a beta feature to Blogger in Draft users. From today, this awesome feature is available to everyone. Just log in to your Blogger account and you'll see a new option Design on your dashboard. In this guide, I'll try to explain everything you need to know about the Blogger Template Designer.
Where is Blogger Template Designer?
Just log in to your Blogger account. From your dashboard, go to Design and then open the Template Designer tab. Now, we can start designing a template.
Start Using Blogger Template Designer
So, the Template Designer has 4 sub sections. Now, I'll explain each of them seperately.
1- Templates Tab
Blogger has initially provided 5 templates to chose from. Each template has it's own flavors with different color schemes. You can chose any template and start editing.
2- Background Tab
In this section, you can chose from thousands of background images. People just love background images. The images are provided by iStockphoto and are nicely divided into categories. Template Designer also suggests some nice color schemes which could be helpful.
3- Layout Tab
Layout section is the heart of new Template Designer. Just think, how difficult it was, for a non-technical person, to add another column in the template or change the width of the blog. Now, all of this is changed thanks to the Template Designer. You can chose the layout of your blog from Body layout tab. Footer layout tab lets you easily chose the footer layout like 3 columns footer. And you can change the width of body, sidebars & columns from Adjust width tab.
4- Advanced Tab
Do you remember the Fonts & Colors tab which lets you change the colors and fonts of your blog? Same function is performed in Advanced tab. It is so easy and real-time because you can preview every change.
What About Custom Blogger/Blogspot Templates?
I think, now it is time to stop using custom Blogger templates which are ususally converted from Wordpress. Custom Blogger/Blogspot templates are very unfriendly to non-technical people. Often people complain that their blog looks awful in old browsers like Internet Explorer 6. Blogger is the easiest way to get yourself online and it's continously improving. Don't pay anyone for anything related to Blogger/Blogspot. Now, you can easily customize every aspect of a Blogger/Blogspot blog. Blogger/Blogspot is designed for non-technical people so feel free to give it a try.
I can't wait to see awesome designs coming up with the Template Designer. You can easily change everything without any technical knowledge. Of course, every change can be viewed in real time. If you've customized your blog with the Template Designer, feel free to leave your blog address in the comments.