How to Switch Back to Old Blogger

Technology is not pretty.
Angelina Jolie is pretty.
Technology is no Angelina Jolie.
~~ Tricia Weight

These instructions were created to assist bloggers who want to use the 'Going Pink For October' templates I created.
However they can be also be helpful for anyone who just wants to revert their blog back to the old blogger template interface.

The article with written instructions and photo screenshots for reverting back to the old Blogger dashboard and template editor is HERE --> Switching back to Classic Blogger. This also includes instructions on how to back up your templates in both old and new Blogger as well as directions and screenshots to update to the new Blogger interface. **Note: If you click on an instruction photo it will open in a large window of it's own--then you can see it better without having to leave the instruction page.

These are FREE BLOGGER CLASSIC TEMPLATES some may bump uglies with new browsers and such. I do my best to help when someone asks, but my hope is that you'll be able to help one another. If someone has a question or a problem, please respond if you have a solution or a suggestion.
In the meantime I'll be out there doing my part to keep us all rockin'.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Switching back to Classic Blogger

The templates for Going Pink For October were created from classic Blogger templates. That means that you'll have to revert back to old blogger in order to use them.

For some of us, that's not such a bad thing. I, myself, prefer the old blogger because I can have more control over my layout. I can add links or anything else that I like to the blog without having to rely on the restrictive widgets that are being used in New Blogger.

**Tip One: Click on images to enlarge them for a better view of the dashboard interface as it should look to you. Warning: Images will open in a new window.
**Tip Two: You can use a keyboard shortcut to copy or to paste.
Holding down the control button on your keyboard hit the letter c to copy.
Holding down the control button on your keyboard hit the letter v to paste.

Step One:
The first step in switching back to old blogger is a step you should use whenever you are doing anything with your template. That is to open 'notepad' so you can copy anything you need to and also to save a back-up copy of the new template.
Simply go to the Start button on your computer.
Click on programs.
Click on accessories.
Then click on Notepad (Do Not use Word! It reads html, what you need is strictly plain text.)

Open Notepad
Click on image to enlarge. It will open in a new window.

You'll want to give your notepad a name. I usually use blogname_date so I can easily find the most recent copy of my template in case I decide to revert back to it.

You'll need a copy of your sidebar and links so that you can add them back to the new template. Personally I consider it a useful tip to always keep an updated copy of everything on the sidebar in a notepad on my computer. Unfortunately the new blogger doesn't offer a way to do this so it must be done manually.

This is what my notepad looks like.
Blogger Links
This contains all of the links, images, etc. so that I can have easy access to them if I ever delete my blog or decide to move it elsewhere.

Step Two:
Blogger Dashboard

Go to your Blogger Dashboard.
Click on the blog you want to change.
Click 'Template'.
Click 'Edit HTML'.
At this point it's a good idea to let blogger make a back up for you.
Click 'Download Full Template' and save the copy in your documents.
You'll need this copy when you decide to go back to it.
*The 'Going Pink' templates are just for the month of October so most of you will want to put your blog back just as it was when the month is over.

Step Three:
Revert to Classic Blogger

Go to the bottom of the edit html page and click 'Revert to Classic Template'.
You'll get a warning pop-up.
Click 'Okay'.
Your template will now open up as 'Old Blogger'.

Step Four:
At this point you'll need open on your desktop:
    Blogger Template.
    Notepad with all of your links and sidebar information.
    Notepad with a copy of the template you are going to add.

Delete everything from inside the template box.
Open the notepad with your new template.
Delete HTML

Click 'Edit' on the Notepad.
Click 'Select All' from the drop down list.
This will highlight everything on the page.

Click 'Edit' again.
Click 'Copy'.
Notepad Copy
Now all of the text is copied to your clipboard.

Copy New Template
Right Click in the template window.
This will open a drop down list.
Select 'Paste'.
All of the text from the notepad should now appear in the template window.
If it isn't, do the copy and paste again.
Once the text is in the template click 'Save Template Changes' at the bottom of the template. You should get a message saying 'Settings were saved successfully'.

Step Five:
Now click 'Preview'. (Next to 'Save Template Changes').

You'll want to keep the preview page available from this point so you can check your changes as you work.

Now it's time to add your sidebar, links and customize the template.
Remember that it's a good idea, when you add something, a picture etc., to hit preview and make sure that it looks right before you hit the 'Save Template Changes' button.

Open your notepad with your links and sidebar information in it.
This is going to be an exercise in copy/paste ;)
This shows you where you are going to add your links and also represents how to add all of your elements to your sidebar.
Link Space
You can see in the screen shot where the links should go.

Use your mouse to highlight the links and then hit backspace on your keyboard.
Delete Links
This will delete them.

Now, on your notepad, scroll and highlight your links. Copy them to your clipboard, hit edit and copy from the dropdown list (as you did in step 4, but without hitting the 'select all' option). Or you can use the keyboard shortcut and hold down the control button while hitting c.

Click the place on your template where the links should be.
Hold down the control key on your keyboard and hit the letter v at the same time. This is a keyboard shortcut to paste.

Add Links
Your link list should now appear in the template at the same place you clicked.

Now it's important that you hit 'preview' to make sure that the links appear as you would like them. Sometimes an image or button may be too large and it will knock the entire sidebar to the bottom of the page. You can adjust the size manually by adding width and height instructions to the code like this

Resize images

When you see in the preview that everything looks right you can hit Save Template Changes. Or if you don't like it and you want to start over you can hit 'clear edits' and it will remove everything you just did.

**Just remember to hit 'Save Template Changes every time you are satisfied with how it looks; if you make a lot of changes and then hit 'Clear Edits' it is going to clear every change you made since the last time you saved.

You can now continue on adding elements to the sidebar the same way you changed your links.

Step Six:
The last thing you should do before you close the template is make a full copy of it in the notepad that you opened with the blogname_date. Now you have a back-up copy of everything including any new links so you can use them later when you revert back to your original template.

Step Seven:
Changing your template back to New Blogger.

When the time comes to change back to your original template you need to Click on 'Customize Design' in the dashboard.

A dialogue box will open up asking if you want to upgrade your template.

Click 'Upgrade your template'.

This will open to a template selection page.

Do not select a template.
Click 'Save Template'.

This should take you back to the the New Blogger Dashboard.

View your blog to make sure that the old widgets are where they should be.

If they're not click on Edit HTML.

You can use the Upload to browse upload the backup template that blogger created for you in step 2.

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      • At October 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM, Blogger chillone said…


        thanks for your tutorial. i have one problem if i change the skin,all my widgets and labelcloud are can i fix it?

        thanks for your help.

      • At October 29, 2009 at 11:58 AM, Blogger T - Another Geek Girl said…

        chillone. I need to know if you lose the widgets when you use a classic template or if you're still using a new blogger template.

        You can change your background colors and such in new blogger by hitting edit html. If you change to an old blogger template you have to manually put all of your links in.

        I've used a separate blogcloud application before but if you save your new blogger template and add it back your original blogcloud should work fine again.

        email me.

      • At October 27, 2010 at 2:57 AM, Blogger MuciFoci said…

        Hello GG,

        I really enjoyed your plain english tutorial, but I am still lost.

        I am OK with the template I use, except the photo formatting! That thing drives me crazy, I miss the old layout options so much! At the moment it's just left, center or right, small, medium or large size. Boring. I want to be able to set the picture layout to tight, just like in a word processor.

        Is it possible to revert back to the old formatting without losing the current template?

        Many thanks in advance.

        PS: you can only read my blog with google translator but you're welcome any time! :)

      • At November 4, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Blogger Rupi Sandhu said…

        first of all u r so pretty thn my que,i want to change my dashboard to old frm new bcoz m unable 2 upload favicon image bt i did n't gt it,plz tell any simple procedure....nd r u on facebook,cm join me

      • At July 14, 2014 at 3:30 AM, Blogger Mike said…

        I want to put a footer at the end of each of my blog posts that outline where readers can follow me and signature as well. Can you please help in doing this?
        electronic signature

      • At October 7, 2014 at 12:18 AM, Anonymous Clen said…

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