Have You Saved Your Template Today?

Here’s a tip for those of you who use Blogger:

We all know that computer files can sometimes go awry. One way to protect your blog (and anything extra that you’ve added into your sidebar, for example) is to go into your Dashboard and click the “Template” tab.

Click in the window beneath it and “Select All” by pressing [Control]-[A].

Then open “Notepad” or “TextEdit,” depending on your computer of choice, and paste those contents into a blank window. Save that file somewhere on your hard drive. Note: Do not use Mircrosoft Word. Word likes to add extra characters that could make things even worse when it tries to translate your template.

That way, if you ever decide to make a change to your blog and accidentally foul up something, or if you decide to change the appearance but you end up hating what you changed to, you have a copy of the current version of your template saved, ready to be pasted over the disaster.

Any time you make a significant design change to your blog, you should back up a copy of the old template just in case. That way, you always have something to return to just in case.

When I changed the design for this blog, because I had the old template saved, I was able to add all of my old sidebar content, including all of the links to other journals and the extra news feeds, without having to go to individual server windows and recopy all of that code one service at a time.

It might save you a big headache one day!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.