How to Backup, Restore and Install your Blogger Template Safely

Blogger Template is a combination of all the things of your blog. It contains the CSS style codes and sheets, internal and external JavaScript, all of your widgets (default and custom ones), your blog’s metadata and much more.

Blogger template is a combination of XML and HTML; an XHTML format which can parse all the snippets as XML.

On this post, you will learn a bit about Blogger templates, how to make a backup copy of them, how to restore one and how to install a new Blogger template for your blog. Know this is very important if you are using Blogger platform for blogging.

How to Backup Your Blogger Template

Way-1 (recommended)
For backing-up you Blogger template;

  1. Go toBlogger Dashboard>Template.
  2. Click “Backup/Restore” on the top right corner of the dashboard.
  3. A dialogue box will open.
  4. Click “Download full template” button.
  5. After that clickYes/Saveif the browser asks you confirm the download.

Way-2 (also OK! for the experts only)OR; you can also;

  1. Go toBlogger Dashboard>Template.
  2. Click “Edit HTML”.
  3. Copy the whole template code. (CTRL+A then CTRL+C)
  4. Create a new notepad in the computer
  5. Paste the copied code.
  6. Save it.

In most tips and trick about the blogger, you will find on the website; you will see that backing up of the template is recommended:-

How to Restore Your Blogger Template

Or

How to Install a new Template in Blogger

As we have informed you Blogger template is an XHTML and You backed up the template or a new custom template will be saved in ‘.XML‘ format.

Way-1 (recommended)

  1. Go toBlogger Dashboard>Template.
  2. Click “Backup/Restore” on the top right corner of the dashboard.
  3. A dialogue box will open. Click “Choose File” button.
  4. Locate your template in the computer hard-drive and click “open“.
  5. Click “Upload“.
  6. Wait for uploading to be finished and click “close“.

Way-2 (also OK! for the experts only)

  1. Open and copy the saved.txtfile of your template to the computer
  2. Or; open the XML file of your backed up template. (with notepad/notepad++/any code editor)
  3. Go toBlogger Dashboard>Template.
  4. Click “Edit HTML”.
  5. Select the whole template in the template editor.
  6. And paste it into the copied template from the file.
  7. Click “Save template’.

Hope this information made using Blogger easier for you.

Why You Should Backup you Blogger Template

You may be an expert on Blogger or a complete novice; you sometimes do have to edit the template. Before you make any new changes to your Blogger template you should make a backup copy of it. Few reasons are:-

  • Blogger template is complicated. Though Blogger automatically identifies the errors in the template editor before saving it, it is possible you might make and it’s not showed in the template editor.You might be hit with a BX-ERROR. Or you may see some error message like this on the blog.
    TEMPLATE ERROR: Invalid data reference post.body: No dictionary named: 'post' in: ['blog', 'skin', 'view']

    If you are unlucky you a blog my not load any you might find a page like like this in your blog.

  • If you accidentally delete or edit any portion of the template’s code.
  • After editing; if you are not happy with a new made change in the blog’s design and want to go back to the original/former design.
  • Remember that for most on-page SEO for Blogger blog’s is done in the template. Any error in editing the template will cause a catastrophe.
  • It’s just good sense to backup your template before editing.
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