If you are brand new to blogging, or you can't decide if you want to stay with Minima or not, check out this quick guide to the New(ish) Template Designer :)
I was skeptical at first when Blogger made the change to the new Template Designer, but I LOVE it! Here is a break down of the cool features that you will get with the new Template Designer:
* With 6 New Main Templates, and several options for each Template, you have a total of 27 Options!
* When you have pages, and add your menu/navigation bar, it actually looks nice! *If you don't know how to add pages, CLICK HERE to learn how.
* They make it very simple to Click through all of the different designs, and view them as you go, making it much easier to make a selection.
My Favorite things about the background section:
* Besides just changing your background, you can even change your Theme Color. Very easily I might add!
The Layout section, well, it just speaks for its self! It has made it amazingly easy to switch up the layout of your blog in SECONDS! Love it!
Same.. it speaks for its self! If you like using blog backgrounds (from makincuteblogs.com ...cutestblogontheblock, etc.), this is especially nice, because now you can fit your layout to the background, not the other way around :)
OKAY... so now we get to my favorite part! Oh, and just because it is called "Advanced" doesn't mean that it is, it is so easy! I will break this out into sections:
FONTS: Yay! So Blogger FINALLY figured out that we don't like normal... BORING web fonts! Us bloggers used to have to bend backwards, and jump through hoops to change our fonts outside of the Web Font Box! Now blogger has a whole slew of fonts (ya, some of them are not as cute as Amanda's Fonts...but they are much better than before!).
COLORS: They made is so easy to change font, background, tab colors etc.
Add CSS: Maybe I am a NERD, but I love this feature about the new template designer. It is a simple way for those of you out there that like to take you blog designs to the next level. If you are into changing your CSS, I would have to say the coolest thing about the new template designer. It gives you the ability to make changes and preview them at the same time. None of this back and forth between your Edit HTML page, and your Preview.
Have Fun Dressing Up your Blogs!