How to Backup Blogger Theme/Template & Restore It?

As a blogging platform, Blogger (Blogspot) is simple to use. Even a layperson can use and manage different settings. Uploading a new blog theme (Template) is not as tricky as beginners think. Recently, Blogger made some important changes to improve blogging. Many new options have been added, and old options have been moved and transformed. One of the new features is restoring the Backup Blogger theme (Template). You can quickly restore the Blogger theme if you want to use an older one. Taking a backup and uploading the new Blogger theme is less than 5 minutes. I have created a pictorial representation to help you understand all the steps better.

How to backup blogger theme and restore it

Why You Should Backup A Blogger Theme?

It is essential to back up your Blogger theme before changing it. Perhaps you know or don’t know, but you can’t undo saved changes in the Blogger theme. Thus, you must back up your Blogger theme. If the Blogger theme crashes after certain changes, you can upload the last working theme.

Bloggers, those who forget to back up the Blogger theme before uploading a new theme may regret it if the new theme does not work for them. They can’t restore the previous theme, menu, widgets, and customizations.

Blogger saves the theme backup in XML format. This file comprises the main design, menus, HTML, CSS, & JS customizations, widgets, etc. After uploading the XML file to Blogger, you return to all theme settings and customizations.

Steps to Backup Blogger Theme

Users with the new user interface can follow these steps.

1. Log in to the Blogger dashboard.

2. Select a blog from the given drop-down menu. (Users with a single blog may not have this option.)

3. Navigate to the Theme tab and click on it.

4. A drop-down inverted triangle button is attached to the Customize button. Click on it to open the drop-down menu.

5. The first option is Backup. Click on it.

6. A pop-up will appear with the Download option. Click on this Download button. An XML backup file will download on the computer’s hard drive.

How to backup Blogger theme

Steps to Restore Blogger Theme

You can restore a backup theme. The first four steps are the same. Only steps number 5 and 6 are different.

5. The second option is Restore. Click on it.

6. A pop-up will open with the Upload option. Click on this Upload button. Locate and upload a backup theme to restore your theme.

How to restore Blogger theme

That’s it. Isn’t it simple?

You may also learn how to back up Blogger posts, pages, and comments.

Steps to Backup Blogger Template

The Blogger theme was known as the Blogger Template in the old interface.

1. Go to the Blogger dashboard.

2. Click the [down arrow icon] next to the post icon.

3. Then select the [Template] tab.

4. After that, look at the top-right corner. The [Backup/Restore] button is left on the gear icon.

How to backup Blogger template and restore it

5. Now click on the [Download full template] button, which is orange in color.

6. If you want to upload a new template, click the [Browse…] button and choose the template file in XML format.

How to backup Blogger template and restore it

7. Press the [Upload] button below the file browse option.

8. Once you’re done, press the [Close] button.

I believe this tutorial is self-explaining. If you have doubts, please let me know through blog comments.

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