Blogger's New Template Designer

Well, you may have noticed that Blogger has changed things up a bit! Instead of the customize button, there is now a "Design" button. And there is no more Minima template! Yikes! Anyway, it looks like you will still be able to use custom backgrounds, like the ones that I offer here, however I will need to work on changing the code, the instructions, and possibly the template itself to work with the new Template Designer. It also looks like the 3 column templates are going to fit the best going forward for either 2 or 3 column blogs. The good news is, it will be easier for you to make your own 3 column blog! Stay tuned, I will report back once I have a few more things figured out!

Update: Minima is still there, it's just a bit hidden! Yay! More on this soon, it's sooo late I can barely think anymore!

Quick Tip: Here's a quick tip for those of you that are trying to find the Dashboard button. To get to the Dashboard click on "new post" then click "dashboard" . You can even save your Dashboard to your favorites/bookmarks folder if you like, and then go in that way, that's what I did.

16 comments:

  1. Karen..thank you...your so switched on and quickly onto things.
    Im still working out how I can change my to a 3 column blog..without ruining the layout too much..yaiks!

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  2. Yikes! I want my dashboard button back!

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  3. AH! I just played with it a bit and I DO NOT like it! My blog is now off center, I have to use 3 column, but everything is off! I am so gonna stay tuned for any tips you have....I need you experts to keep my blog beautiful! :)

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  4. I love changing my backgrounds. They are making it a bit harder and so far I don't like it very well. I guess it is a matter of getting use to it. I sure hope this change doesn't make it harder for all of you talented designers!
    Sharon

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  5. I wondered about how this would affect those of us using your templates Karen.
    As I'm a complete pc numpty I can't cope with anything complicated. Which is why I always use your templates...you just make it so easy.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog and designs xx

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  6. Oh yes I noticed. Certainly wondering what it means for those of us that have customized our own blogs. I eagerly await anything you figure out about his new "designer."
    :-D

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  7. For those of you that have purchased designs from professional blog designers, I would caution you to stay away from the "design" button for now, as some people are accidentally loosing the designs they paid for. Once you play with the new template designer it takes over the code. You can switch back to Minima but the background that you had will be gone.

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  8. Thanks for the info. I was tempted to select the design button just to see what it was all about. I think I will hold off for now. What would we do without those of you in the know! Connie

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  9. My Minima template stayed, but I must admit that I'm missing the "pick new template" tab. I like some of the features in the template designer, but cannot stand the way it takes over the code!
    Please let us know where the "hidden" minima template is though - I haven't figured it out.

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  10. I'm working on a step by step tutorial that will take you back to the old templates (Minima) I will post it soon.

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  11. Karen, thanks for the info as I am confused. Change is hard.

    happy friday~olive

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  13. Thank you for you kindness in giving the background, plus a tutorial on how to load it - this was my first time.

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  14. I am one of the many, I am sure, that played with the new design button and lost my page, even though I believed I had backed it up. Thank you for being, as ever, on top of things and so generous with sharing.

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  15. Not loving the new template designer for customizing...did I miss the tutorial on how to get back to minima?

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  16. Hi Amy,
    If you click on my "Super Simple Tips" category (you can find my categories in my sidebar on the right hand side of my blog) you will find the instructions for getting back to Minima.

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