Blogger provides only a few layouts (16) to choose the design for your blogspot blog. The default designs are very basic and if you want your blog to stand out, you have to search for alternative layouts.
Just perform a quick Google search and you will see a lot of free blogger templates available on different websites. The disadvantage of using a free template is that there are chances that some other blog may be using that same template. There are also premium blogger themes available, but they come at a cost which many of us might not afford to spend.
If you want to design a unique blogspot layout, check out Blogger Template Designer.
Design Your Own Blogger Layout
1. Log in to Blogger dashboard with your Google account. Next, select the blog whose layout you want to design and choose “Template designer” as shown below:
2. In the next page, you will see 4 tabs in the far left – Templates, Layout, Background and Advanced. The design preview of your blogger blog will be shown at the bottom as shown in the screenshot below
3. The “Templates” tab lets you choose a template from 4 basic themes – simple, picture window, Awesome and Watermark.
4. Next, you can choose a background image for your blog template from the “Background” tab. There are hundreds of background images and patterns available from Istockphoto. The image layout depend upon the current template and if you are unable to view an image, switch to one of the default blogger templates and restart the process.
5. You can fix the design layout to one column, two columns or three columns from the layout tab. The columns can be aligned to the left or right depending on your choice.
6. The advanced tab lets you add custom style rules in your blog template. This is pretty handy as you don’t have to search for the CSS rules in the blog template code.
When you are done creating the design, just hit the “Apply to blog” button and the design would be implemented on your blogger blog. One drawback found is that you can not save the design for later use but given the fact that Blogger has at last allowed some customizations, blogger users have a reason to rejoice.
More templates would be added to the gallery in the coming weeks as described in the official blog post. Check out the following video tutorial to understand how it works: