Jun 15, 2010

A Warning About Using Blogger's New Template Designer

I spent the better part of last night playing with the template for my garden blog. I'm pretty much satisfied with the results and think the new choices are superb. One thing I didn't notice until after it happened was the loss of some template modifications and Javascript I had added. Lost in the transition were my label cloud (not native one), Google Analytics tracking code, my Feedburner feed flare and other bits of code I'd added for various reasons. Surprisingly enough, none of the widgets broke or were lost in the transition to the new template, which I was worried would happen. So, if you're thinking of creating a new template with the Template Designer, just make sure you've saved these pieces of code in something like a notepad file so you can add them after you've made the changes.

Notes: If you switch to a template like Simple and then add all of your snippets of code (like feed flare) then switch to Picture Window, you'll lose the snippets of code in the transition. Decide on a template and when you're sure you'll keep it for a while add in all the code back into the Edit HTML side.

If you've never added anything to the HTML side of your template then just ignore this post and play around with the new templates. They're a breeze to add to your blog and modify.

If you switch to the new Template Designer but want to go back to one of the plain templates go to Edit HTML> and scroll down to the bottom to find the links for the Layout Templates and the Classic Templates.


  1. Thanks for the warning! :-)

  2. I like the clean look of some of the new templates, and have been thinking about changing the look of my blog. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Deb,
    you're welcome.

    Garden Girl,

    I see you took the leap and got a new template. Easy, right?


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