0 How to back up an existing Blogger template

Once we have customized a Blogger template to our requirements, it's good practice to back up this template style. This ensures we can restore the template if something goes wrong, or even share it with other Blogger users.

To back up an existing Blogger template, go to the Template section of your Blogger dashboard and click the "Backup/Restore" button in the top right corner of the page:

This will bring up a window which appears like this:

Click the "Download full template" button which will prompt you to save the xml file template to your computer.

Note: When backing up templates, the file is saved in the format template-1234567890.xml, where the number string is unique for your template. It's useful to rename the template file to a more user-friendly name to avoid confusion later on.

How to restore or upload a new Blogger template

Again, go to the Template page and click the Backup/Restore button

This time, click the Browse button to locate the XML file you would like to upload as your Blogger template and clickUpload.

Once the file has uploaded, you'll receive a message saying that your template upload was successful and can preview your design on the Template page.

All of your existing gadgets will be saved

Previously when uploading a new template, any gadgets which were not present in the new template would be deleted. Blogger's new interface ensures that all gadgets will be retained, though they may appear in different sections of your layout.

You can easily rearrange the location of your gadgets through the Layout section of your Blogger dashboard if required.

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