Jul 8, 2008 in

How to change Blogger Template without deleting widgets ?

One of the Major Problem Blogger users have is whenever they try to change their templates , They will loss their widgets even if they take backup of their template. After Changing their template , they need to add widgets again manually. It's really annoying and time consuming process.

Is there any way to Backup our Widgets ?

yes . We can backup our widgets before changing our template.

How to backup Blogger Widgets ?

It's really simple guys , before changing template search your widgets code without putting check in expand widgets box.

Select the widget code as shown in the image below.

Now save the widget codes shown in between yellow box to notepad. Copy and Paste all your widget codes.

After doing this Upload your New Template . After uploading you will get a message like this

At This stage don't click Confirm & save tab. Rather search for the following code <b:widget id=' , Now paste the widget codes you have saved immediately above or below the code in yellow

After adding the widget codes save your template.
That's it ! Now you will have all widgets that you used in your previous blogger template.

How This works ?

Blogger will keep the widget content on their database with unique widget id.

I hope this hack will be very useful to you guys. Tell me your suggestions in our comment form , If you have any doubts ask there I will help you.

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23 Responses So far
A. G. Showers
on August 6, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

Was wondering if you could help me out, I was following your instructions when trying to switch over to my new template and every time I tried to repaste the old widget codes, where you say:

"search for the following code (b:widget id=) , Now paste the widget codes you have saved immediately above or below the code in yellow"

I get this error message:

We were unable to save your template
Please correct the error below, and submit your template again.
Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: The element type "b:section" must be terminated by the matching end-tag "".

I checked and there are still /end tags for all of the "b:section" tables.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Mohamed Rias
on August 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM  

I hope you are not closing the widget id

<b:widget id='HTML4' locked='false' title='Subscribe Now' type='HTML'/>
you need to put / before the > . Keep one thing in mind you must insert the widget ids only after you got this error message

" Widgets are about to be Deleted " .

you can see i am changing my templates often. I use this method to backup my widgets.

If you still have problems let me know. I will upload a video demo for you.

regards ,
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Jose Balbino de Araujo
on August 13, 2008 at 9:17 PM  

I followed the instructions correctly, but it not work. Where accurately to place the safe code?

Balbino de Araujo

Mohamed Rias
on August 13, 2008 at 11:16 PM  

Hi Jose Balbino ,

I will upload video instructions to these hack soon ( within 2 days ). So please wait.

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Jose Balbino de Araujo
on August 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM  

Hi Mohamed. After to test 4 times I obtained. It’s not difficult and work well. Some Gadgets duplicates only is that they must be removed. I’ll go to place tutorial in mine blog with the credits you. I am thankful for the attention.
Greetings ,
Balbino de Ara├║jo
“Sorry about my English”

Mohamed Rias
on August 19, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

Hi Jose Balbino de Araujo ,

congrats Jose.
To help novice bloggers I created a video tutorial for this hack. You can see that tutorial here

http://www.revver.com/video/1108622/backup-blogger-widgets-while-changing-blogger-template/ .

You can embed this video in your Blog.

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on August 20, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

wow...it's really great...
I like this post...

thank's for sharing..I'm gonna try and I'll transalte it..


on August 23, 2008 at 11:22 PM  

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

on November 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM  
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on December 6, 2008 at 6:56 PM  

Hi Mohammed,

I'm trying to upload a new blogger template without losing my widget. I would love to follow your guide, but I'm being thrown off with the template I want. Instead of a stuffed file (I'm on a Mac) they are simply giving a code. If you could help me figure how to make this work, I would be greatly appreciative.

Here's the template I want http://www.pyzam.com/bloggertemplates/details/happy-holidays-blue-ornaments

Here's the blogspot blog I'd like to put it on http://minimariescorner.blogspot.com/

My email address is SelosMini at gmail
Thank you for your help, I look forward to hearing from you.

on December 23, 2008 at 9:53 AM  

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Pankaj Singla (Adv.)
on December 24, 2008 at 11:31 PM  

If i change my blog template, then is it problem for google for indexing my blog as regular done by google.Is google delay for indexing my blog for any change in template

on January 3, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

Assalam Walekum,
hey can you tell me the method to use google search box with option of searching my blog or web

on January 8, 2009 at 2:44 AM  

Thanks for your solution but I can't get the result desired. I can move all my widgets to my new template but all of the data are gone. So, what can I do to solve this problem?

on March 5, 2009 at 9:19 PM  

It is interesting to note that some users have problem changing templates because of widget ids clashes. That is the ids in the template to be uploaded are identical to the existing ones. Read http://startclass0830.blogspot.com/2009/03/changing-template-in-blogger.html

on March 16, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

Hey very valuable information for me every time i test a theme i keep losing widgets really helpful.
Much appreciated

on April 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM  

Thank you. The video was very helpful!

on April 28, 2009 at 5:37 AM  

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Mohamed Rias
on April 28, 2009 at 5:47 AM  

Thanks Angela..

Mohamed Rias

you are welcome my friend..

on May 23, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

i'm blonde :((
i have a new template but i dont' manage to change without losing my gadgets, help ?
what you want? msn, yahoo, gmail? pretty please ?

Mohamed Rias
on May 23, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

Hi Oana Nicoleta ,

You can add me to Google Talk , So that i can help you easily :) My id : mohamedrias1103@gmail.com

Mohamed Rias

on May 24, 2009 at 4:26 AM  

I just added you, hope will be at the same time on-line, 'cause i don't know what's the difference of time between us , but i'll find you :D

on June 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM  

thank you so much, you're really a big help tnx again xD.

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