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Table Of Contents

An overview of chapters
Who is this eBook for?
Why use a non-standard template?
Stand out from the crowds!
Ensure your template matches the style of your blog
New Templates offer better functionality!
Chapter Summary
Template layouts and design styles
Blog Layout Styles
How many columns? One, Two Three or More?
Single column layouts
Two Column Layouts
Three Column Layouts
Magazine Style/Anti Layout
Choosing the ideal layout for your blog
Five major template design trends
Minimalist Designs:
Free Minimalist Blogger Templates
Dark designs
Free Dark Blogger Templates
Free Ornamental Blogger Templates
Corporate Designs
Free Corporate Blogger Templates
Ad Optimized Blogger Templates
Free Ad-Optimized Blogger Templates
Things to consider when choosing a design style for your blog
More Free Blogger Templates to Download
Template formats and installation
Three things to know before installing a new template
1. Installing a new template will delete your existing widgets
2. Some Blogger templates require you to host your own images
3. Your uploaded template may not look the same as the demonstration blog
Two different template formats and how to install them
XML format template files
Text Based Template Files
Troubleshooting tips
Hosting your own template images
Chapter summary
Advanced installation methods
Four Steps to a Complete Blogger Template Upload
How to create a test blog
Add some filler posts
Change some settings for your test blog
Step 2: Upload your new blog template
Error codes?
One final check!
Step 3: Transfer widget templates to your test blog
Prepare widgets in your existing template first!
Access the template code for new and existing templates
Copy the widget codes from your existing blog layout
Copy the widget codes to your test blog
Step 4: Upload this customized template to your main blog
Copy the HTML code from your test blog's template
Paste your new template to your main blog
Move widgets back into position
Customize your Blogger template
Add your blog's logo to the header
How to upload your logo
Considerations for logo size
Change the color scheme of your template
Using the fonts and colors menu
Changing colors by editing your blog's HTML code
Useful color scheme resources
Add a background pattern/image to your blog
Add a repeating pattern to the background
Add a pattern which repeats across the top or side of your blog
Using a larger, static background image
Other useful customizations
Optimize your blog loading time
Tips to help your blog load more quickly
Find out how quickly your site loads
Remove any widgets/scripts you don't really need
Reduce the number of images you use in your layout
Reduce the file size of your images
Simplify your CSS
Reduce the number of posts which appear on your front page
Chapter Overview
Meta Description and Keyword Tags
Optimizing your blog's title heading
Optimizing Links in your Blogger Template
Using titles in your links
Applying these techniques to your Blogger template
Optimizing Images in your Blogger Template
Optimizing Images in Blog Posts
Blogger Template Resources
Free Blogger template providers
Blog Design Showcases
Showcasing Blogger Designs
Showcasing Blog Designs in General
Inspirational Design Resources
HTML color codes
Glossary
Index
About the author
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