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Corrupted Templates

My Blog Is Missing! Oh no! Generally, this refers to a deleted or hijacked blog. Other times, part of the blog is there, and the other part is not. This may be similar to the dropped post / sidebar problem, except there's garbage on the screen, or maybe the screen is blank. Or if you're in the Page Elements wizard, you can't add or relocate page elements.

What do I do now?

If you're lucky, the last time you published your updated blog, the publishing got interrupted. This will be more often seen when publishing to non-Blogspot blogs, but can happen with Blogspot too, generally with Old Blogger blogs. If that's what happened, you're in luck. Just republish your blog again. And next time you make changes, always test afterwards.

If the problem is in using the "Page Elements" GUI to add or rearrange elements, maybe the widgets are corrupt. Try resetting the widgets to default values, first. If the problem is with comments or posts, and settings on the "Blog Posts" wizard, try resetting the post template.

If a simple republish, or widget reset, doesn't fix things, or if you have a New Blogger blog (as most of us do by now), try restoring your template (you did backup your template last time you made change, right?), then republish (Save Template). If you didn't back it up, then you'll have to get a new template.

To get a new Layout template, go to "Edit HTML", and select "Select Layout Template" under "Old Templates". For a new Designer template, you'll use the Template Designer wizard.

If that doesn't do it, then you'll have to have Blogger Support restore your blog from their backup. You do have a mirror copy of your blog, to verify its completeness when they do restore, right?

In most cases, though, a simple template refresh will solve things. Preferably, from backup.

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