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A Blog For Virginia USA

An old joke from Virginia, USA (when I lived there long ago).
Q: How many Virginians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: At least 3. One does the work, the others reminisce how great the old bulb was.

And so will go the updated one.
Q: How many Bloggers does it take to migrate a blog to the New Template 2006?
A: At least 3. One does the work, the others reminisce how great Classic Blogger was.


All joking aside, there are still those who need to move their blogs into New Blogger 2006. To do this, simply use the "Claim your blog: Get started with the new Blogger" Legacy Claim wizard.

And, having moved your blog into the future, you probably should look at the template. If you've been admiring the shiny XML based gadgets on many Blogger blogs, you're going to want a blog with a layout template. And after migrating the blog to a layout template, you'll want to check out the new Designer Templates, currently in Draft (Blue) Blogger.

But there will, for a while, be those who need to setup a blog with a Classic (HTML based) template.

Fortunately, this is not at all hard.


My Dashboard, with my latest blog.


I created "Chuck's New Blog" a couple days ago, well after I finished my migration "exercise" ("stress out") last Thursday 1/25/2007. It started out life with a Layouts template. So I select Layout, then Edit HTML.


The "Edit HTML" page


From here, you can View the classic template code for your blog, and when you've decided it's what you want, Revert.


A reassuring reminder


Reminding me that nothing I do can't be undone. Even so, if this were a blog that you'd been working on for a while, I'd advise you quite firmly to backup the template on your own. Who knows what evil lives in the hearts?


The deed is done.



No obvious differences here




Bet you've seen this suggestion here and there


And now, we are given the choice to upgrade our template, from Classic, to the new Layouts.


And now my New blog, with a Classic layout


The blog is kind of empty (OK, it's very empty), so not much to see (nothing at all, really) - but it's a Classic template, take my word for it. Or, you can look at it yourself, and view Page Source, if you really are that sceptical.

Just don't overlook the "Claim your blog: Get started with the new Blogger" Legacy Claim wizard, which is where this exercise started.

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