How to install a template


January 2015:

I have made a video on how to upload a template (and header image). You can view it here. Otherwise, written instructions are below…


Step 1:

Log into your Blogger account and click on the ‘Template’ tab

Step 2:

(Backup Step) Once there, click on the ‘Backup/Restore’ button in the top right area.


Step 3:

Before continuing, download your current template and save it somewhere on your computer (for backup). You do not need to use this file but it’s wise to keep it incase you wish to revert to a previous design at a later date. Then this is done, browse your computer for the new template.xml file and upload it.SML_install


Step 4:

That’s it! You should see your new template load in the small preview window on the template page. Visit your blog to check!


Some important points:

  • You must upload the template.xml file. Uploading any other kind of file will not work!
  • All downloads from this site are zipped (.zip) – this folder must be unzipped before you upload! The folder contains a few different files. Trying to upload the zip folder will not work!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful templates. I love it!

  2. Thank you so much.. your free blog template is really cute. since i can’t design my own, your blog template is really cheer me up.. reallyyy love it!!

  3. thank you so much .. i love it :)

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  5. how do you unzip a file?

    • Depending on your operating system and computer, you’d be best googling that question!

      • hey i tried to use your template but when i upload it, it says like this
        We were unable to save your template.
        Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message:
        Content is not allowed in prolog.

        am i doing it wrong?

        • Have you unzipped the folder you downloaded? (You MUST upload the template.XML file, NOT the zip folder).

          Watch the video above, it runs through how to do it.

  6. I am so glad I came across your website. I’ve just started my blog and now have a layout that I love.I will make sure you advertise you as the provider.

    thanks :)

  7. Hi! Thank you for the layout! It is so pretty and I love it so much. Thanks a lot!

  8. I came here to look :-) Thank you so much! Made it so much easier! LOL

  9. Sian Brooks says:

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you! I love my new temp ate and the instructions were so easy to follow :)

  10. I love your templates! But help! I have downloaded one of your templates but there is no ‘template’ tab for me to click on – which is your first instruction! Could you possibly help me find this to begin blogging! X

  11. I love this design!
    Thank you so much for sharing, now my blog has finally the design I was dreaming of !


  13. Please how do we unzip the downloaded file?

  14. I keep getting this error message:
    We were unable to save your template.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message:
    Content is not allowed in prolog.

    What am I doing wrong?

  15. I just downloaded your free Whimsy template (which I love!). I can’t add any pages though – like an About page, or pages for my different products. Also, I can’t change color of the “Home” tab.

    Is there a way I can do these things?

    Thanks so much!


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  17. Thank you so much. It’s really nice. Wonderful of you to share it.

  18. helo… i want to ask can this template used on wordpress? how?

  19. Using it, thank you so much! It’s beautiful :)

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  21. love your blog! i am having one difficulty though. i cannot get the header image to work the way the directions say to upload it. i can upload it as an image but then i cannot place text on it. when i go to place the copied site address from the image in the location the directions inform me nothing shows up.

    what exactly is the url that i am suppose to add for the header image?

  22. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog template, I love it, not sure i installed it properly but it looks so much better than it did lol, I need to change the colour of my name for the header as it does’nt match my new template lol, although i’m not quite sure how to do it ha ha, love your blog, you are very talented, hugs Amelia…..

  23. Thank for your beautiful templates, without this I couldn´t edit mine. You are georgeous.

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