Installing a blogger template is easy, in fact, the step by step guide to installing it is everywhere on the internet, but most times we find out that we have lost some or part of our posts, images, etc.
There are two methods of installing a custom template to your blogger site and we will explain them in this post, but let us first see things needed to be done before uploading a new template in blogger.com.
Template Pre-Installation Process
Before installing a new template in your blogger website;
First, you must check the source of your new template because just as with WordPress themes, you need to be careful about using free Blogger templates found on the web. These can also include malware or spam links to other sites. Unfortunately, unlike WordPress, Google has no official site to distribute Blogger templates separate from their Template Designer, so there is no 100 percent safe source for trustworthy themes.
Secondly, you will need to backup all your posts and themes should in case something goes wrong with the new template you can easily revert back to the old one.
Installing Blogger Template Using XML file Upload – method 1
Here’s how to install a Blogger template you’ve downloaded from another site using file uèpload method:
1. Log in to Blogger, and on your Blogger Dashboard, click the Design link.
2. Click the Edit HTML tab.
3. Click the Download Full Template link and save it to your computer.
Note;Make a note of the file name and where you saved it in case you need it later!
4. Unzip the template file you downloaded from another site.
5. Back on the Edit HTML page, click the Choose File button.
6. Navigate to where you saved the unzipped files on your computer, and double-click the one that ends in .xml.
7. Click the Uploadbutton.
Please Note; if you already have some existing widgets on your Blogger blog, you may get a warning message asking whether you want to keep them or delete them. If you want to preserve the work you’ve done before, click the Keep Widgets button. If you don’t need them anymore, click the Delete Widgets button.
When the upload is complete, you get a message at the top of the page that says Your Changes Have Been Saved.
8. Click the View Blog button to ensure that your blog looks the way you want it to look.
Note also; you may have to remove or move some page elements in order to get the template to display properly.
Some free Blogger templates you find on the web may be incompatible with the most recent version of Blogger. If this happens to you, you’ll either have to find someone very smart who knows how to edit XML, or you’ll have to find a different template to upload! You can also reinstall the template you downloaded as a backup, or use the Template Designer.
Installing Blogger Template Using Copy and Paste – Method 2
Your theme could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message:
Content is not allowed in prolog.
If you see the above error when uploading your template, then try this copy, paste method.
1. Open .xml file with text editor.
Open .xml file using text editor like notepad, wordpad, notpad++ or something like that.
2. Copy all coding.
In the text editor, press ctrl+a and then ctrl+c (ctrl+a to select all coding, ctrl+c to copy the selected coding)
3. Open HTML Editor on blogger.
Now open HTML Editor on blogger dashboard and click “Edit HTML” button.
4. Paste coding on blogger HTML Editor.
Click anywhere in HTML Editor. Now press ctrl+a and then ctrl+v (ctrl+a to select all coding, ctrl+v to replace selected coding with copied template coding). Finally click “Save theme” button.
Template Post-Installation Process
After template successful installation, make sure everything is set properly in the blog, Visit the blog homepage to see if the theme is showing properly, upload the previous template( which you have backed up)should in case you encounter any problem with the new one, with this no post or images will be lost, hurray !!