When starting your blog on blogspot (blogger), one of the important things you will do is to get one of the best blogger templates. The better your blogger theme, the better your readers relate and navigate your blog. The templates am sharing with you now are my top 6 blogger templates (based on my experiences in using them) you may want to use for your current or coming blog project on Blogspot.
What are (Blogspot) blogger templates?
Blogger Templates are the layout structures or design of a blog. Templates can be likened to the architectural design of a building (where you have sitting room, living room, guest room, and kitchen and so on).
Templates are so powerful that they determine how your readers relate with your blog at their first visits. Template is normally use in case of blogger or blogspot blog while Theme is the term use in WordPress. They can be used interchangeably.
Things to look for in a Blogger Template
Before you settle down to use a particular blogger theme for your blog either free or paid, there are some things you should check. Viz;
1). SPEED: How fast is the demo view of the template when you check it with the best internet connection? It is necessary for it to be fast. Do not forget, we humans are not that calm to wait minutes for a blog to load.
2). RESPONSIVENESS: How mobile-friendly is the template? Do not forget that larger percentage of internet users do so via their mobile devices. Before you install any template, view it first on your mobile device to see how it looks. Also check, if the texts are legible (you don’t want your readers to strain their eyeballs before they read your blog posts).
3). SEO-READY: Usually the template developers or dealers include the description of the blogger templates they put out for sale and/or free download. Don’t overlook that aspect of SEO.
4). RELATED POST WIDGET: This is one of the most important widgets you should have on your blog. Related post widget gives the related content a reader has read. This is one of the ways to retain your visitors and increase your page views.
5). Is it customizable? I once used a template that refused to accept none of the CSS I was adding to it to make some changes. You don’t want to use template like that especially if you do not know much about about coding.
6). ADSENSE-READY: Is the blogger template naturally adsense-ready one? If not, can you manually edit the html code of the template and add your adsense codes inside? If it is yes to the questions, go ahead. But if no, get a AdSense ready blogger template for your blog.
How to install blogger template the right way
To install a blogger template, you first need to download the zip file of the template. If it’s the one you buy, the buyer will send the unzipped (xml) file to you.
To unzip blogger template, there are various zip to xml online you can use.
But what I use is WPS app on my device. Download the template >> Go to the download section of the WPS app >> Open the zip file and then the xml of the template >> Then go to my blogger dashboard to install new template and use WPS then choose the template I already opened.
See a guide on how to install blogger template in my blogging made easy eBook.
List of my top 6 blogger templates
Below are the top 6 blogger templates out of many blogger themes I have used before.
6). Emporio Blogger Template
Emporio is the only blogger-owned template I ever used and that I love. It is available in the blogger theme directory for free. I started my blog journey on blogspot with emporio. Features are;
Mobile friendly, Seo ready, Less busy home page, customizable and more!
If you need a highly customized Emporio template, contact Tuhamworld and buy from him at a token (N6500).
You can see the demo on your blogger theme section.
5). Top Magazine blogger Template
This is a blogger template meant for multiniche or news blogger. If your blog cuts across multiple categories, I recommend Top magazine blogger template for you. It is available on Gooyabitemplate for free and paid.
It is fast, seo-friendly, customizable, neatly coded, related post under each post, previous and next post navigation, and more! See the Demo on Pink Salt Initiative. Download Here.
4). Goodness blogger Template
This is a Nigerian-developed blogger template. Developed by Prince John Okosun of Blogging Prince. I made mentioned of this template when I was writing about AdSense-ready blogger template sometimes in my previous posts.
Goodness blogger template is; SEO-friendly, Mobile-friendly, Neatly coded, Adsense-ready, Sticky header menu, sharing button above and below post and sticky facebook page like widget.
It is only available for sale and it is just (N2500). Have used it before. If you have a personal or business project on blogspot, you gonna love it. See Demo Here.
3). Sanai Blogger Template
Sanai blogger template has the same features and designed by same company as the Blogish blogger template discussed below. The only difference is its sharing button and footer newsletter widget. It is also available for free download on MS Design. See the demo on Daily Health Nigeria. Download Here.
2). Blogish Blogger template
Blogish is designed by Template mark at MS Design and currently you can buy the premium version or download the free version. Blogish has two Demos. See the reasons I love the template below;
It is customizable
– Lots of fonts and colors to choose from
– related posts under each post
– Author profile
– Share button
Although it doesn’t have the natural way of adding adsense codes, with the use of Auto ads, you have no problem. The main reason I love the template is its SEO and how it structures my post title with my blog name showing just like in WordPress.
It is the template am currently using on Memo Naija, you can check it out. Download Here.
1). Mostheme blogger Template
This template is designed by the Themeindie.com group and it’s available as free and paid version. Features of this template are; SEO-friendly, Featured image section, Neatly coded, AdSense-ready: You can add AdSense codes anywhere you want (without using auto ads), Customizable, Sticky header menu, Related post below post, Sharing button, Previous and Next post navigation.
See the demo on Disday News (already moved to WordPress). Am gonna use this wonderful template again for my next project. Download here.
Newly discovered blogger templates
- Dreamline Blogger Template: You can also find this one on MS Design. See demo on Naija Paste
- Adventur Blogger Template: This template is perfect for Adventure and travel bloggers. It has a way of showing only recent posts on the front page while it shows the sidebars widgets on single post view. It also has a sticky sidebar for good user experience. See a demo on XtremeBlue Travels.
- Parenting Kids Blog Template: This is a premium template bought and edited by SirPhren. It is fast, seo-friendly and user friendly. See a demo on Parenting Kids Blog.
Wrapping up my top 6 blogger templates
I have just shared with you my top blogger themes that I have used and still using. If you ask me for a blogger template recommendation in my dream, my answer will revolve round these ones I just shared with you. In nearest future, I will be updating this post to include other blogger templates I use.
Wondering which website I download blogger template from? Click here to see websites to download free blogger templates.
Over to you: Do you have a lovely template you’d love me to check out? Kindly share with me in the comment box. If you need any of my top templates, ask for it and it shall be given free.