I’ve noticed that a lot of people who visit this blog are looking for new Blogger backgrounds and layouts. I’m always on the lookout, too – even when I find one I really like, you never know if an even better one is out there somewhere waiting for me.
I just recently found a new site full of great looking Blogger templates, so of course I had to share. It’s called Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates, and I haven’t looked at all of them, but the templates I’ve seen are really nice. There are also some nice tutorials to help you change your template, add and configure your widgets, and add custom text to your header.
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Once again I am talking about free blog templates. I can’t help myself – when I see a blog layout I like, I want to know who designed it, where they found that layout. So, I click. This time I found Our Blogger Templates. They have over 100 free templates available and the instructions for installing them on your blog and adding your own header image. There is even a tutorial for designing your own template. With all these great, easy to customize templates available, I don’t know that I will ever need to design my own, but I would love to learn how.
I installed one of the free templates from Our Blogger Templates, created and added my own header image, and customized all my colors. I actually found another template I thought would go with my new header better than the one I originally installed, but I was having some troubles getting Blogger to cooperate with me, so I just changed the colors of the one I had already installed. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the ‘New’ Blogger, but it does make changing colors easy. Most of these free templates say that 99% of the colors can easily be changed, and I have to believe them, because I changed an awful lot of the colors.
I grabbed my header image from Pixdaus. I hadn’t heard of it before, but Our Blogger Templates used some images from there for their blog headers, so I clicked and found all kinds of interesting images. I liked the frogs, 1) because I like frogs, and 2) because they look like they’re so excited about something that they just can’t keep their mouths shut and they ‘just gotta share this’ – or am I stretching things a bit? Anyway, lots of images on Pixdaus.
When you click template installation guides and instructions on the Our Blogger Templates site, there’s a link to more sources for header images. I figure, with enough sources, you’re bound to find the right image or template, right?
Finding that perfect design for your blog is important. After all, you want your blog to represent you, and you don’t want it to look like anyone else’s blog. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for blog designs and layouts, and especially FREE designs.
Smitten Blog Designs has an entire gallery of free blog designs, easy to understand instructions for downloading and installing them, and a very helpful tutorial on saving your sidebar elements when changing your template. I really need that, because I just switched to the ‘New’ Blogger, and I thought the point was that you could easily switch things up without losing everything. Not true. I changed my template, and it wanted to delete my widgets. Huh? Then I had to rebuild them and add them back. If I don’t have to do that next time, I’ll be very happy.
I’m always looking for cute Blogger templates, because I just might see one I just have to use. So, when I see a blog design I like, I look for the little link telling me who designed it or where the design came from. Tonight I clicked a link for suck my lolly and found some really cute ones. There’s quite an extensive design gallery, templates for both the New Blogger XML and Classic Blogger, as well as information on how to use the templates
#2 from the list I mentioned before, 75 Ways to Increase Your Site’s Traffic is:
- Have a good design and layout. If your site or blog’s design is messy, sloppy, hard to navigate, a rainbow of colors that don’t match or are hard on the eye, or full of errors, you will instantly go down the drain.
We certainly don’t want to go down the drain, do we? I keep an eye out for nice looking blogs and websites. When I find one, I look to see if I can find out where they found that design. Some people pay to have a professional design their site. I’m cheap, and I look for the free designs and layouts. I know they say you get what you pay for, but I have found quite a few very nice FREE layouts.
- FinalSense.com, where I found the layout for this blog, has some really nice ones with all kinds of themes.
- Blogskins, layouts and designs of all kinds. Not all of them are good as far as being easy to read, but there seems to be something for everyone.
- Pyzam also has a whole bunch of free Blogger templates. The hard part is picking one.
Once you find a layout you like, it doesn’t hurt to know a little html and css so you can tweak it and make it yours. Just watch that rainbow of colors!