After creating a free blog in blogger, we need to install a theme on our blog. A well-customized theme really looks good and attract more visitors. In this post, I am gonna share with you a step by step guide on how to add custom theme in Blogger?
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Step by Step Guide to add Custom theme in Blogger
Adding a custom theme in Blogspot is easy. All you need to do is to follow the instructions in this post. Here is a Step by Step guide to add custom theme in Blogger:
Step 1: Download a Custom theme for your Blog
Before adding a custom theme to your blog, you need a responsive Blogspot theme. There are thousands of free theme available over the internet. Here is a list of top 5 sites from where you can easily download a free or premium theme for your blog:
- Goyaabi Templates
- Sora Templates
- Premium Blogger Templates
- ThemeForest(for premium themes)
After downloading any of the free themes, you will get a .zip file. You need to extract the zip file (See Step 2)
Step 2: Extract the zip File
Blogger does not support zip files. If you want to upload any custom theme in Blogspot, then you have to extract the zip file and upload a .xml file in blogger.
You can easily extract a zip file from the pc. If you don’t have a personal computer/ laptop, then you can extract zip files online. Simply click on below link to extract any zip file online:
After you click on the above link, you will be asked to upload the ZIP file. You can simply upload the zip file & uncompress it.
After extracting the zip file, download the .xml file from the extract.
Step 3: Blogger >> Themes >> Backup / Reset
Now log in to your blogger dashboard and go to the following settings: Blogger >> Themes >> Backup/Reset. There click on Backup/Reset as shown:
Step 4: Backup / Change theme
I recommend you to backup the theme before uploading a new one. There are many reasons for which you need to backup the old theme. Suppose you don’t like the new theme, then you can easily upload the old theme If you back up.
Click on the Download theme to backup your previous theme. After you download your previous theme, Click on Choose File to Select XML theme file from your computer.
Step 5: Upload the new theme
After choosing a theme from your computer, Click on Upload to install it on your blog. After that, the popup will be closed & new theme will be installed to your blog.
Step 6: View your Blog
After installing the custom theme for your blog, Click on View Now to see your Blog. If you wish to upload the old theme then you can simply upload XML file of your old theme to Backup/Restore.
CHEERS! SETUP FINISHED. YOU’VE SUCCESSFULLY INSTALL CUSTOM THEME IN BLOGGER!
In this way, you can easily install a custom theme in the Blogspot blog.
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In this post, I have explained steps to install a custom theme in Blogger. You can easily install a custom theme on your blog using the above tutorial. Don’t panic if your theme looks different from the demo theme. You need to customize your theme. In my next tutorial, I will discuss Steps to customize the custom theme in Blogger. Have any suggestions, queries or feedback, drop your thoughts in below comment box.