It is no surprise that the Blogger platform has become a favorite among millions of users. In this article, we will tell you about the advantages of Blogger and provide you with a detailed guide on how to register your account, install a theme, configure widgets and tweak extra features to ensure a quick and efficient transition for your website.
According to data published by W3Techs in their Web Technology Survey, the total market share of CMS Blogger in the first quarter of 2017 was 2.3% and this figure helped it occupy the honorable 5th place among giants like WordPress (58.8%), Joomla (7.1%), Drupal (4.7%) and Magento (2.6%).
The reasons behind such widespread popularity are quite obvious. Google’s Blogger platform is totally free and comes with everything a website owner needs to super-charge online presence, including free hosting, free domain name, easy and user-friendly website administration, plenty of feature-rich free gadgets and abundance of great-looking themes. Formerly known as Blogspost, the platform was acquired by Google in 2003, and renamed Blogger to best reflect its alignment with the audience of blogging enthusiasts around the world.
- Theme installation
Advantages of Blogger
Being an no-brainer content management system choice for personal and small commercial blogs, Blogger doesn’t stop here, and rivals many of the other advanced platforms, including WordPress, especially in how easy and user-friendly it is.
The Templateify team has been professionally developing Blogger themes since 2013.
Ready integration with a large number of services is one of the key features sought-after by bloggers when choosing CMS. Managing and customizing the theme, plugins, addons and widgets can become a daunting and costly task for individuals and small businesses, but is nevertheless necessary for one to deliver all the features demanded by website audiences and succeed on the web. So what do you do? Pick something that has all the elements and features you need, but is simple and easy to manage.
Blogger offers all the features of a robust, scalable blogging solution to attend to all your needs, including Search Engine Optimization, content management, analytics and marketing:
- Free domain
- Built-in web analytics system
- Convenient design editor
- Simple and clear interface
- Integration with Google AdSense
- Ability to store unlimited content
- 700+ different gadgets for your project
- More than 1,500,000 users from all over the world in communities
In short, Google’s Blogger platform helps you to easily launch a blog or create a more complex website without turning to coding and without worrying about installing and managing backend software elements.
Account registration in less than 5 minutes
To create a website on the Blogger platform, simply go to https://www.blogger.com/ and click “Create Your Blog”.
Sign in to your Google account.
Choose a profile that will be linked to your website. We recommend using Google plus, as it will help users to easily find your content in Google resources.
You can learn more about how to edit your Blogger profile here https://www.blogger.com/go/profile-help
Click “Continue to Blogger” and review a brief note about cookie usage:
Then click “Create New Blog” and think of a smart, catchy title to address your new website.
You can start your blog with one of the simpler theme options available in the set-up menu. Don’t worry, you can always change your theme later.
Your Blogger Website is almost ready, click “Create Blog” and let’s start customizing.
How to upload a Blogger Theme
Go to the “Theme” tab to load your template and click “Backup / Restore”.
There are many high-quality free and premium themes available for the Blogger platform online. Templateify has been developing themes professionally since 2013, and offer free templates for personal and commercial use at www.templateify.com. You can also turn to a professional developer to design your theme from scratch, which is an investment that will pay off quite quickly given that your domain name, hosting, storage, analytics and a heap of other services are totally free with Blogger. For the sake of simplicity, we will assume from here that you’ve purchased your theme from a vendor of choice, or downloaded a free demo.
The theme comes as one XML file, which you can upload to your Blogger account. Once ready, browse to the theme’s XML file saved on your computer, and click “Upload”.
The template will be uploaded, installed and ready to use on your new site in a matter of split seconds. You can see what it will look like if you click on the “View blog” button.
Now you need to fill your new website with content. Let’s create several sample Posts and Pages.
Go to Posts tab and click “New post”.
Add a post title.
Add an image, which will automatically generate a a miniature post for you.
Click “Insert Image” — “Choose files” — “Add selected”.
You may change the size and layout of the image on the page.
And with the help of the visual editor, you may customize the content as you see fit: allocate sections of text in bold or italics, add links and quotes, change the font and headings, add videos, etc.
Before publishing, don’t forget to set the “Post settings”.
Labels — separate labels by commas to internally link sites, improve and simplify search and browsing experience for your customers on the site.
Schedule — set the publishing date, if necessary.
Permalink — write the address of the link to your post. Try to come up with clear and short URLs to make it easier for users to find your site in Google search.
If necessary, add a location and adjust the settings. For example, you can turn off comments on this post.
Once ready, click “Publish” and your post will appear on the website.
Creating web pages is a breeze in Blogger. We will walk you through and setup a few sample pages below.
Go to the tab “Pages” — “New Page” — “Publish”
Normally, you will use this feature to create a “Contact Us” page or “About Us” page.
Here is an example of using the “About” page in the Templateify’s Luvblog theme.
How to Edit Blogger Templates
In the “Layout” section you can customize the design and structure of your website: edit Favicon, add banner ads, and connect necessary gadgets, for example, in Sidebar or Footer.
The Blogger platform offers a huge variety of options:
- Contact Form
- Featured Post
- Blog Search
- Follow by Email
Click “Add Gadget” and select any of the added features from the standard Blogger selection.
Or customize the Google+ page to your taste by selecting the Google+ Badge gadget.
Feel free to try out new things, experiment with gadgets and new features published and shared daily by the community of over 1.5 Million of people already enjoying Blogger!
Choose “Popular Posts” — click “Edit” and determine the number of publications in this section.
Disable snippets to save space on the site and do not forget to save, by clicking the “Save arrangement” button.
Professional Design Customization
We’ve looked at a brief intro to key elements of the Blogger platform, familiarizing you with some of its main features, and learning how to load Blogger templates, create posts and web pages, select and configure gadgets.
In the next article, we will do an up-close review of the Theme Designer dive into theme settings and template customization.
In the meantime, please visit our website or Facebook page to learn more about free and premium Templateify themes for Blogger. Each of our templates comes with detailed instructions on how to:
- configure social icons
- add, edit and remove the search bar
- add and customize the menu and slider
- change the color of text and links
- resize titles
- change the background
- add, adjust and tweak the Author Box
- and a lot more