How to Customize Blogger Post Templates

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Hi there again, Icy of IndividualChic.com here. I hope you found my last post on how to make your Blogger blog more searchable useful. Thanks very much for all the lovely comments and suggestions, they’ve inspired me to write another post.

Are you the sort of person who uses a consistent sign-off on every post? Or perhaps like me, you might have a repeated line of text in every post; you’ll see on IndividualChic.com each post finishes with a RELATED line. If you are, Blogger has a feature that can make your life easier for you. It’s call a Post Template and you can set it up any way you like.

The easiest way to do this, is to write a temporary post, formatted exactly the way you want it, and then to copy the HTML off to the Post Template.

Prepare your Post Template:

  1. Create a new post and make sure it has all of the formatting and text in it that you want to appear in every post. You might want to have a consistent sign-off like “Thanks for reading” or a signature image, or a related link like I do. Copy and paste from an existing post if that’s quicker
  2. If it’s an existing post, make sure you delete any information you don’t want to appear. You might also consider replacing text with placeholder words for where you expect to type later. I use things like “Text here” and “Link here”
  3. Check once more the post looks exactly the way you want it too
  4. Click the Edit Html tab above your post
  5. Select and copy all of the HTML code in the window

Create your Post Template:

  1. Open your Blogger Dashboard in a new browser window or tab
  2. Click on Settings beside the Blog you want to create a Post Template for
  3. Click on the Formatting link at the top of the page
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page till you find the Post Template section
  5. Paste the HTML you copied earlier into the Post Template box and press the Save Settings button

Test your Post Template:

  1. Switch back to the Posting tab
  2. Create a new post
  3. Check the Post Template has automatically inserted your default format into the post
  4. Finish writing your witty and informative post
  5. Publish the post and check the whole thing looks the way it should
  6. If you’re happy, congratulations on making your blogging just that bit easier
  7. If you’re not happy, keep fiddling until you get it just the way you want (it will be worth the effort)

Once again, I hope you’ve found this post useful. Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you all.

Thanks,

Icy.

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40 Responses

  1. Gabrielle

    hmmm, i never thought about it that way. I wonder if there’s something like that for wordpress.

    For those who want to experiment with their CSS, i found the best way to do this is through the firefox plugin Firebug. You can change all of the CSS and test it out in the browser before actually making changes to it.

    I rely on that thing. It’s also a great way to learn CSS.
    .-= Gabrielle´s last blog ..EU Allows Ugly Fruit Back On The Market – What This Means For Ugly Clothing =-.

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  2. Ashe Mischief

    Even though I use WordPress, I found a plug-in that helps with these. It’s incredibly useful for reminding me to put header’s in for my series, or remembering to add in my signature (which I forgot A LOT when I first started). Templates really help with so much– it’s great to see a tutorial & recommendation up!
    .-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..Ashe Mischief’s Birthday Extravaganza Wishlist…. =-.

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  3. Julia

    Great article! I also use wordpress though; ASHE: what’s the name of the plug-in you use?

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  4. Jennine

    ooh that could be good for me, i’ve just been plugging in our signatures the old fashion html way… but then again with different authors it might get messy, i’ll have to look into that…

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  5. Icy

    Hey Ashe, thanks for the wordpress version.
    Hey Gabrielle and Julia, even though I’m not helping with your platform, hope you found this useful.
    Hey Jennie, thanks for posting this post ^_^
    Hey Maria, me too!
    .-= Icy´s last blog ..Project Runway Oz prize update =-.

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  6. thefatandskinny

    Thanks for putting this up. I wasn’t sure how to use this feature right, so I ignored it. 🙂 Please keep the blogger tips coming.
    .-= thefatandskinny´s last blog ..Bad Bish =-.

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  7. Agus Susanto

    Would you please to explain to me how to creat image appearance automatically resize and place on the left side of your article.I need that to apply on my blog.Thank you for help.

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  8. Felicia Mesadieu

    I need to learn how to make my pictures bigger and how do i take pictures from other websites and make it appear like I made a collage without the lining around the edges. blogs like style bubble, karla’s closet, and because I am addicted look like very creative and they don’t have the lining around the merchandise they are promoting to their viewers can you help with this….i really want my blog to be a success.

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  9. Amanda Sage

    Thanks for this post and the previous one on how to make Blogger blogs more accessible to search engines. I use Blogger for my relatively new beauty blog, and I’m always happy to find tips like these. I know how to write, but templates and coding and so forth are a whole different ball game… good writing is not enough; you also need to help potential readers find you.

    Lots of people here seem to use WordPress. I may try it out for my next site, which will be a reference guide for designer bras and lingerie.
    .-= Amanda Sage´s last blog ..Suki cleansers for sensitive skin = love! =-.

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  10. Sarah

    fabulous idea. I have TRIED multiple times to get this to work other ways and it has flopped. this one actually makes sense.

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  11. Jen

    Thanks so much! I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how to do a “signature block” on my posts and your post totally works!! Ingenious!!! I’m an html rookie so I was really stumped on how to come up with the code…uh, no duh, copy it!!! Perfect! Thanks!

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  12. perfect movie

    Hey is there a way to change the blog post section to make the featured article look more distinctive than other posts. I’ve used some templates adapted from wordpress but its very difficult..Help me If u know.

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  13. K.

    Thanks so much!

    I tried to use CSS to change the spacing of my posts, but somehow all the posts ended up having double line breaks. And I couldn’t find any way to fix the problem (efficiently).

    Now I can just put the spacing HTML into the post template!

    Thanks again

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  14. rebecca

    Seriously…this was the best time saving post ever. I never thought of just writing my Post Template in a draft then copying the html. How basic. Ugh…the time I have wasted previously. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. noman khan

    hey I want to change the templates of all the posts I have over my blog. I want to show my images in bxslider I am using jQuery to get the images from post body but my landing page is getting slower. any tip on how I can stop my images in post body from being downloading in the default way blogger does. or any other way I can use this blogger template trick of yours to change for all the posts. 🙁

    Thanks,
    Noman Khan

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  16. Deasy

    Thanks for sharing, but I am still confused. whether this method is automatic for all posts? Thank you

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  17. Nicole

    Hi there. Just wondering if there is a way to have multiple templates? … For different types of posts or writers…

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  18. smartmarketingchoice

    Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted
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