Blogger is one of the most popular blogging platforms. I have personally mentioned in many of my post that I would have seriously considered blogger if added team blogging and moderation facility. Though this post is not about the advantages of Blogger blogging platform but I can practically say that it is one of the best free resource for bloggers on the web. Two of the most interesting things that I like about blogger is its performance due to Google powered infrastructure and the possibility to use custom templates. We know that blog hosting sites like WordPress do not offer using custom templates but Blogger does offer. Using custom templates can be really useful to make a blog look and feel the way we want it to be. This post is going to exactly about the custom blogger template and we are going to know a lot about them. We will also be having a look at few of the best Blogger templates to be used in recent time.
What are Blogger templates and how they are different ?
Blogger templates are simple XML one page templates that use Blogger conditional tag to decide the visibility and other aspects of the widgets. Just like any other webpage, the blogger templates have Head, Body and Footer. The body part consists of Header, Post Body, Pagination, Widgets etc. All these elements can be customized using conditional tags. The posts and contents are stored on Blogger database or servers. Photos are stored in Picassa account and a maximum visible size is set to them.
Blogger templates are really simple but some designers use the simplicity of Blogger to create extremely beautiful templates that look like the ones created for content management systems.
Primary knowledge of HTML and CSS is essential for modifying or creating Blogger templates.
What to look for in blogger templates ?
Many Blogger templates are available either for free or at a price on the web. Because creation of a Blogger template is not very difficult many people do create a Blogger template and allow its use. The benefit might be anything like a permanent back-link etc.
Not every Blogger template is created taking appropriate care. One must check for some factors before using a blogger template. A temporary blog can be created to test the template. Below are few precautions that must be take before using a Blogger Template.
- Test the performance, HTTP request by using Pingdom Tools or GTmetrix. Though Blogger blogs are hosted on robust Google infrastructure and the bloggers are not supposed to think much about latency and bandwidth but still it is advised that the page size and HTTP request must be reduced.
- SEO optimization of Blogger template is essential. This includes proper use of H1 to H6 tags, Title and H tag associated with it. Meta descriptions and less important meta keywords are to be taken care of. Blogger allows using custom description for blog, post and pages too.
- Hidden backlinks created by the template author must be checked using link analyzer tools or browser extensions like;
- Using W3C Markup validation service is also essential to find out code syntax error.
Where to get quality blogger templates ?
There are many places to find Blogger template. Many templates are free but some might be at a cost. The templates at a cost might have an edge but you must check that you are not overcharged for something that is either free or at less cost.
Below are few of the best Blogger templates currently available but on searching the web you may find many such templates. Do not only look for the beauty of the template but also see for the usability. Magazine, Simple, portfolio are few of the kinds of templates, you must choose as per your choice and need. Looking for a responsive template will be advisable and if you use a responsive template make sure that you disable the Blogger mobile template in Blogger settings.
Metro Blogger Template
Max Mag Blogger template
Bresopnsive Blogger Template
Sensational Blogger Template
Project 10 Blogger template
Eclipse Blogger Template
MusiMag Blogger template
These have been few templates that I personally found good but there are many that you may also like. Going through the resources mentioned above can do the trick for you.