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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39 Responses to “How to change Blogger Template without deleting widgets ?”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ,
    Blogger Accessories

  3. Jose Balbino de Araujo 13. Aug, 2008 at 9:17 pm

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

    Balbino de Araujo

  4. Hi Jose Balbino ,

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

    Blogger Accessories

  5. Jose Balbino de Araujo 19. Aug, 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 Araújo
    “Sorry about my English”

  6. 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 .

    You can embed this video in your Blog.

    Blogger Accessories

  7. wow…it’s really great…
    I like this post…

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


  8. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

  9. 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

    Here’s the blogspot blog I’d like to put it on

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

  10. 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

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

  12. 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?

  13. 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

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

  15. Thank you. The video was very helpful!

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  17. @Angela
    Thanks Angela..

    Mohamed Rias

    you are welcome my friend..

  18. 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 ?

  19. Hi Oana Nicoleta ,

    You can add me to Google Talk , So that i can help you easily 🙂 My id :

    Mohamed Rias

  20. 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 😀

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

  22. Thanks, I was wondering how to do that.

  23. ha, nice one. i have wasted lot of time by copying those codes… thanx

  24. Salam Alaykum Mohammad
    sorry bro but it didnt work with me!
    i followed your video tuto too but the widgets that i pasted and i added again they didnt appear!
    so i think its not soltion for all templates

  25. Hi,thanks,…

    you help me for this one….

  26. Thank you, I just wanted to give a greeting and tell you I like your website very much.

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  28. Hi,

    In my blog,I have a poll and followers widget. If I followed the above methods, do I will be able to retain those votes ?

  29. though read this before,i have a small doubt.that is even when i edit my template,my widgets get deleted and have to follow procedure you have mentioned

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  32. some very interesting points… but i think your research and bias leaves a lot to be desired… then of course, that’s just my opinion…
    have a great day… definitely a thought-provoking post!

  33. i had it done perfectly and really thanks for your help..Just wondering where all my followers gone to..huhuhuu… 🙁

    u may want to help me please and i will really appreciate it..

    For real, i don’t apply it to my real blog yet as i just worried as i could not backup all the the blog that i tried on to..

    All your help are much appreciated in advanced..thanks a lot..

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  36. Thank you so much!! It worked perfectly 😀

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