Friday, December 25, 2009

Identify The Template In Your Blog

My preferred policy in Information Technology starts with
Everything has a name.
Having worked with Blogger for several years, I have compromised that, and now say
Everything should have a name.
Unfortunately, there will always be things that have no names, they are just there.

When you work on the template in your blog, and especially when you ask for help with the template, the first thing that you must provide is the URL of the blog. The first thing that I do, when providing template help, is look at the blog, and determine.
  • Is the template classic, or layouts?
  • What is the make and model?
    • Is it a Blogger standard template, or third party?
    • If Blogger, what "model" is it?


While you're reading this article, do "View", then "Page Source" (for Firefox), or "View", then "Source" (for Internet Explorer). Alternately, use an HTTP text proxy. That will give you a display of the code behind the page. You'll find a couple relevant and useful clues, in the display.

At the top, and since this blog uses a Blogger standard template, you will find the template "model" information. Third party templates may, or may not, have this. Likewise, highly customised templates may, or may not, have this.
/*
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Blogger Template Style
Name:     Minima Stretch
Designer: Douglas Bowman / Darren Delaye
URL:      www.stopdesign.com
Date:     26 Feb 2004
----------------------------------------------- */

That tells me that I am looking at a blog that uses the Blogger standard "Minima Stretch" template.

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2 comments:

bytehead said...

Mine's a third party that started out as a Wordpress template (I think...) that I have modified to the point of non-recognition as far as the source code goes. It looks pretty much the same, but I've totally redone it using PHP, includeing the use of includes so that a change of the sidebar now nolonger requires that I republish the entire blog for a cosmetic change.

Jim Serrett said...

I always wonder how I could do that easily.
Thanks for the info and your sites are great. Happy Holidays