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How to choose template for a blogger blog?

First impression is the last. The saying goes well with website designing a.k.a template designing. Those who are born designers can experiment around any and many number of designs. However, individual bloggers who have to do multitasking finds it difficult. For such people blogger makes job easy as it has many inbuilt templates and one has to select one according to niche. If you are technology blogger, you can opt for a technology template, travel blogger can opt for travel template and so on. Thus selecting a template in blogger is lot easy.


The great thing about blogger template is you can customize them according to your needs.

When customizing a blogger template, do some home work before performing actual task.

Ask yourself few questions like -

Who is my audience preferably age group, type etc. For example if you are going to write a fashion blog it should be colorful, at same time if its a health blog, an ordinary black and white appearance will be fine. In case of health blog you can keep back ground white and text in little greener side. To do this after selecting your template, select background tab and choose from whole range of blogger colors.

If you are writing for teens it should be colorful and every other thing, background, text, images, links will go in same taste, teens love colors.

Experiment around various template designs before finalizing one. You site / blog will be remembered for look and and feel also and not merely content and niche. I know this for sure, i am not good in selecting colors and themes.

Blogger templates are flexible, you can select any and start blogging and customize them for your audience all time.

If you are too much undecided what type of template you should chose go for dynamic views, in this view you readers can chose view according to self convenience.

Blogger template comes in two different layouts: Body layout and footer layout. Pen down what all utilities you will like to give to your audience, like a facebook like button or G+ button, links to recent posts, a subscription button etc. If your utilities list is longer then chose for body layout, otherwise chose for footer layout.

Adjust Screen Width - Think what screen size people use generally, think around your audience, what screen size most of them might be using and what screen size is popular in current market. Optimize your blog width for best performance. Keep it such that your user won't need to do much left and right scrolling. Readability is important, a good screen size selection will appeal your audience. Also, in case if you are likely to use advert links etc width matters so things won't go unseen especially in body layout selection.

Now go to layout tab and select utilities that you wish to present to your audience. Blogger has loads of utilities and plugins. If you want to add from outside, you can easily do so by copying html source of those plugins. For example, you want to put a referral banner link of you paypal. To do this copy the html code for a suitable banner from you paypal affiliate window, now Go in layout tab of your blog, select add a gadget, and look for html/java script option, click on it, name your gadget and put the code in the body area. Click Save and you are done.

Blogger also has Advanced option where you can customize every small thing on your selected template. For developers it has CSS editing option.

Important - Though you can always change to previous setting of your blogger template but if you are not a good designer, do not apply anything before viewing it in preview. While customizing look for preview of any small changes before applying.

Browse the web around choosing best blog template, etc; do some research before working on a template for ideas.

Do not copy others' designs. Mind it, search engine will rank your blog in low category for copying a design or any other small thing that matters. Copying is unethical and it will not make you a successful blogger. Do experiments, lots of experiments and you will succeed.

If you are good designer or can spend little money you also can hire a designer to design your blogger blog template. Blogger gives you facility to upload your own template directly from your machine.

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