Monday, August 31, 2009

How to Save or Back up Widgets in Blogger

There are many methods to back up blogger widgets, but I am going to show you just the easiest one, which does not require you to play around with css codes and edit html templates.
Before you start, I would suggest that you take a screenshot of your blog with the widgets or maybe even the Page Elements page, so that you know exactly where the widgets or page elements are placed in your old template.

Now, to back-up all the widgets, do as follows:

  • Log into your blogger account.
  • Go to Dashboard .
  • Click on Layout. The Add and Arrange Page Element window will open up.

  • You will see an Edit option on each of the widget's right-bottom corner.
  • Click Edit.

A pop-up window will open and you will find some codes there. Copy the code and save them to a notepad file. Name each block of codes with the title of that particular widget. This is because, when you reinstall the widgets, it will be easier for you to realize which code belongs to a particular widget.

Back-up all the gadgets, in this similar manner and save them all in a notepad file.

You do not need to back-up the following widget codes as they are the default gadgets to your blog and will be automatically uploaded to your new template.

  • About Me gadget
  • Followers gadget
  • Archives gadget
  • Label gadget

Yes, thats it! Done! Your widgets have been saved.

To install the widgets, go to the Add a Page Element page, click on Add a gadget and copy the codes. Done!Your widgets are back in the new template! Cool! :) Hope this was useful to you! Read more Entry>>

How to Install Blogger XML Template

Are you sick and tired of the usual templates supplied by blogger? Well, you can always go in for those wonderful, amazing customized XML templates available on the internet! Switching over to those xml templates from your current template is really a breeze! You can have it, all up and running in a matter of minutes!

Choose and download the template of you choice to your computer. If the template is in a zip file, then, unzip it and extract it. Next, if you have loads of widgets in your present template you can Save the Widgets before installing the Xml template or if you not care about losing those widgets, just move on to the following steps.

  • Log in to your Blogger dashboard and go to Template> Edit Html.
  • Back up your template by clicking on the "Download Full Template" and save it in your hard drive.(In case something goes wrong ,you will always be able to upload your original template.)
  • To “Upload a template from a file on your hard drive" :Click the Browse button and enter the location of your xml template file.
  • Click Upload .The Html of your new template will now appear in the box below.

If you are using the new template for the first time ,you can click on the Save Template button. But then, if you have some widgets in the old template you will get a message like this:

Let's say that you do not want the existing widgets, then go ahead and click on the “Confirm and Save” button . But, on the other hand, if you want all those widgets or Page Elements then follow this tutorial.

That’s it! Your new template has been uploaded successfully! Have fun changing your templates!:) Read more Entry>>