March 20, 2015

Freebie Fridays #47 - The First Free Blogger Template

In my last post on Wednesday I wrote about starting a new project called 'Share The Blog Love' in which I share free downloadable Blogger templates from time to time. The purpose of this project is to make nice Blogger layouts available for everyone, especially the people that maybe not have the budget to buy a premade design. The free designs will first be shared on an episode of Freebie Fridays (like today) and then will be added to a page where you can find and download all free designs.

The template files of each of these designs can be downloaded for free with the download link and a demo version of each of these templates can be viewed through a link as well (see below). The only thing you have to do yourself is install the template file on your Blogger account. It's not as difficult as it might sound and you can view a tutorial on how to do this over here. If you are new to Blogger it might be a good idea to check out my Blogger Tutorial Page. I hope you will understand that while I share these free templates, I don't have time enough in my days to answer each and every question you might have about how a Blogger template works. So if you want to find out how you can add your own pages to the menubar of the template, or how you can add more gadgets to the sidebar etc., please be so kind to check out the tutorial page. This will get you started.

If you really can't figure out how to install the template file with the directions in the tutorial, you can contact me to do the installation for you. I hope you understand that while I am sharing the templates for free I cannot do a free installation for everyone. So if you want me to install the free layout for you I ask a $10 add-on fee for that, which can be purchased in my Etsy shop.


* upon installation the template will take on your own blog title & tagline in the style as shown
* upon installation the following gadgets will be in your sidebar:
   - image gadget (you will still have to upload your own welcome image in this gadget)
   - text gadget (you can write your own welcome text here)
   - email subscription box (your readers can subscribe to your blog here)
   - search box (readers can type in a keyword and they will be directed to all posts containing this word)
   - blog archive (all your posts will be accessible through this monthly archive)
* every new page that you upload to the menubar will automatically be displayed in the font style of the menubar
* every new gadget that you upload to the sidebar and give a title will automatically display that title in the font style of the template
* all your posts will have an automatically appearing 'sharing icon' in the footer that allows your readers to share the post on over 250 social sites
* in the 'Blogger Advance' option you will be able to alter the following yourself:
  - the color of all fonts except the color of the blog archive list (post text, titles, footer font, links, menubar tabs etc. are changeable)
  - the font style & size of the post text
  - the font style & size of the sidebar text
* please be aware that you won't be able to change the following yourself:
  - the font style & size of the blog title
  - the font style & size of the tagline
  - the font style & size of the menubar tabs
  - the font style & size of the post titles
  - the font style & size of the date header
  - the font style & size of the post footer
  - the font style & size of the sidebar titles
  - colors used in backgrounds, bars & borders
  - illustrations used in backgrounds, bars & borders
* social icons are not included, but if you decide to buy a $10 add-on for installation I will install a social icons set of choice from my Etsy shops for you in the sidebar (is included in the fee).


Post text area width: 700px
Sidebar area width: 240px
Fonts used: Lobster Two & Raleway
Images on demo template are only for demonstration purposes and are not included in template file

I hope I can make some people happy with this first free design!

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