People love Blogspot not just because it’s free, but for its ease of use and ease of manipulation which does not require one to be a programmer, designer or a coder. The whole outlook of a blogger blog can be transformed just by changing from one free template to the other through the BlogSpot admin dashboard. Even though changing BlogSpot template is as easy as clicking the mouse of your computer, there are some things to do and note when changing BlogSpot template, which if not done can jeopardize your efforts or even put your blog in disarray.
Below are my 3 recommended actions to take when changing BlogSpot template. Feel free to add you recommended action to the list if you wish
Backup Your Current Template
Backing up your BlogSpot current template should be the first pre requisite when changing to a new template. This would save you a whole lot of stress just in case you make a silly during the installation of the new template, or probably after installation of the new template you found out you are not in love with it, then you can revert to the old one only if you had a backed up copy.Don’t know how to back up your BlogSpot template? Check my previous post on how to make a backup of BlogSpot template and post
Remove embedded Adsense and Affiliate code
Most blogger template designed by independent bodies are offered for free as a tool for self promotion and under such pretext that their attribution links remain unaltered. To ensure your blog is not running on other adsense account, all adsense/affiliates code embedded in the template are to be removed .Alternatively you can decide to leave the codes if you prefer making cash for someone else
Remove Unofficial Widgets
Widget are a good way to make your blog look beautiful, but you have to consider its impact on your blog loading time. Informal BlogSpot widgets can add some great interactive elements to your layout. Unfortunately, each different widget/script you use will need to be referenced from a different server (known as HTTP requests), and will slow down page loading time.
So make a second assessment of all the widgets you have in your Blogger layout:
- Do you actually need to have each and every single widget?
- Does each widget offer some value to your readers?
If you answered “no” to these questions in regard to some of the scripts you use, you should consider removing them from your template altogether.
What do you think? Have I left out anything you feel is worth doing when changing to a new blogger template? Please be free to leave your suggestion, comment and questions below