- Multiple, exciting styles.
- A huge library of theme organised backgrounds, each with an associated colour palette.
- A selection of layouts, with symmetrical combinations of
- 2, 3, and 4 columns
- with and without split sidebars
- in both left and right variations
- Adjustable column widths.
- An updated Fonts and Colors GUI interface, with selections for new template objects like Pages Index gadgets.
From the dashboard or navbar, select "Design". From "Page Elements", then select "Template Designer" - and check out the possibilities.
What we have, now, is an almost infinite variety of possibilities, which should keep many bloggers happily occupied for days.
Yet, there are missing pieces.
- There are no dynamic width (aka "fluid") templates, a feature that was quite useful, to this blog, with a layout template.
- The "Layout" GUI will only let you rearrange existing objects - there's no ability to add new objects. You'll still use "Page Elements" to add custom accessories, headers, etc.
- There's no GUI to save the old layout, before moving forward. If I had an existing blog, I would try a new template only after backing up the existing template.
- There's no link to "Edit HTML". You have to go "Back to Blogger" to "Edit HTML", or to use "Page Elements".
As with every new feature Blogger presents to us, always remain aware of security restrictions on your computer and network, and consider how the Designer content is hosted. If you can't get the Designer to work on your browser, try another browser or another computer.
Those deficiencies aside, I now have a new look for my Buzz blog, and another for my Recipes blog.
Note this product, like all shiny new Blogger improvements, will have its rough edges. Blogger expects that, and provides Blogger Help Forum: Problem with the new Template Designer? Report it HERE! for reporting problems with the template designer. Note that the question will be closely moderated.
Fair warning though, all off-topic relies will be removed