Blogger is possibly the oldest blogging platform still actively running on the web, Google Blogger has been home to millions of bloggers for over 16 years now, and still maintains a quite stable market share in the content management platform list. Out of all the known websites that run a content management system, Blogger is used by 2.8% of those websites, which comes out at being used on 1.2% of all known websites to man; thanks W3Techs. Some stick with Blogger because it’s made by Google, and you can expect high security and quality standards, while others enjoy the easy to navigate blogging dashboard for getting content out quickly and painlessly.
Blogging has been one of the most talked about topics in the recent decade, and not just for individuals and creative writers who like to build their own communities on the net, small and big business owners have long come to the realization that blogging is a wonderful medium for generating traffic, extra sales, free exposure, and generally for building community around the type of content that’s being published. The benefits of blogging easily outweigh the negatives for having to set one up, and actually having to maintain one. From simple rewards like increase in search engine visibility and branding possibilities, to things like authority, and conversion rate increase — blogging has something to provide for everyone.
Google Blogger makes it rather easy to style your own blog the way you want it to look, you’re only required to know a little bit of HTML and CSS to get started, and apart from that, anyone is capable of creating their own custom Blogger templates that they can share with their friends, and the community at large. Finding great templates can sometimes be a little bit of a pain in the butt, not because there isn’t any availability, but quite the opposite — there are so many great styles and templates to choose from, the process of finding the right one can at times feel quite overwhelming. We have decided to try and solve this mystery of finding your right template by putting together a list of the best free Blogger templates that have been modernized and optimized with the most up-to-date features, widgets, and code standards. Please join us in cherishing themes templates as you can download them all directly with no cost whatsoever.
We’re kicking off the season with Boulevard; a stylish blogging template suitable for traditional blogs, magazines and tutorial blogs that want to maintain that classical field of grid-like blog templates. Tweaked to be in alignment with the most modern search engine requirements, Boulevard will make it easy to have your content appear optimized in front of search engines, and of course your audience. It’s always all about your audience anyway! Boulevard packs some cool widgets, like social media buttons, a widget for the most popular content and comments, and Boulevard is also optimized for delivering the most optimal advertising experience to your readers, in a way that doesn’t feel pushy or enforced.
Duos Mag as the name suggests is a Blogger magazine theme, with an extra hint of that modernism feel added to it. Duos Mag will manage to make even some of the most esteemed templates to shy away. Four big things for this template are hidden within the posts template, where at the ending of each content piece you get some widgetized features like direct social sharing, related content widgets, and authors box, and even a email subscription form for getting that email list populated quickly. Works across all devices and browsers!
Global is taking modern to the next level, if we didn’t know any better, this template could easily be confused for a well-configured WordPress blog, it’s simply that good! Right away, on the homepage, we are greeted with a stunning slider plugin for displaying your latest content, a featured posts widget to outline your best posts quickly, actual content pages resemble a modern media news websites where the emphasis is put on content, and the promotion of content through social media. Great mix of typography makes Global a contender for being one of the best Blogger themes in this list, though keep checking the others, there sure are more jewels to be found.
Particular takes a stance of content-only focus. Post pages are simple, allowing bloggers to add featured images to their content, whereas the content itself is complimented with a straightforward social box for sharing content quickly, and Particular uses — instead of using Google+ comments — Disqus comment system to provide the best commenting experience there is. Nice thing about Disqus is that many of the webs users are already registered to the service, which often means that people will be more inclined to leave a comment seeing as they have already been logged-in into their Disqus accounts. Just one of the ways such platforms can work in our favor.
So many designers make bold moves with the choice of their template names, but Glamour is one that actually does look glamorous and enables a glamorous blogging experience for both the blogger, and the user browsing the blog that’s using the Glamour template. Slow scrolling might intimidate some, but one look at the post pages and the charming fluidity of typography and text-style is what makes Glamour the number one choice for fashion sites, food blogs, and travellers who want to express their thoughts in a more petite way.
Fabric is bringing back the 2-column layout in style! First thing we notice about Fabric is how easy it is to navigate the homepage of latest blogs, all posts are attended with featured post images, making the homepage feel alive, which often is important for blogs writing about things like tutorials, write-ups, lists, and other similar content. We see Fabric as a great choice for bloggers who wish to maintain a regular blogging schedule, and have a design that really compliments varieties of content, without putting the emphasized feel on just one particular type. You can easily customize the sidebar to be fitted with your own widgets and elements that will better explain your strategy.
Writers unite, we have a winner here! Typefocus lets you focus on your writing, and that alone. If planning to start your own online-based diary or journal, then Typefocus is one Blogger template you will want to explore in deeper context. Emphasis is put on typography, and the simplicity of background that compliments the written text perfectly. The left-hand sidebar is perfect for talking about yourself, and displaying your social availability, as well as displaying your most important navigation links, content is complimented with a simple sharing widget for social media, and a Google+ comment box, but you can always change it up if you like.
Girls love to blog too, and while not all girls enjoy the pink color (as many would like to assume), a pink-oriented blog is usually a safe choice for a girl of any age, and any profession. It promotes sense of security, peacefulness and connectedness of the feminine type. Lovely is a downright great choice of theme for females who wish to optimize their existing Blogger blog, or wish to start a new one altogether. We have particularly enjoyed looking at the right sidebar of the Lovely theme, it compliments writing of any type with great influence.
Kylie Jo is a Blogger template from Colorand Code, with a girly name, but not so girly design. Features are a 2-column layout that’s fitted with a right-hand sidebar, and a gallery-themed design that makes browsing many posts at the same time a very pleasant experience. The feel of the design is fresh combined with crispness, yet maintaining that minimal feel to it. It’s a very unique design in the sense where it capitalizes on all three parts of the website, the navigation, the content area, and the footer. Will be a great theme to use on blogs that are meant to be used as ways to share stories, diaries, and articles.
Being the technology geeks that we are, we completely adore Sorbet — a technology-feel Blogger template for multi-purpose blogging. Best feature in our opinion in the widgetized navigation menu where each icon represents a different list, such as links, promotional links, social media stuff, and even a search button. Optimized with latest responsive web design techniques, Sorbet will function equally well for all visitors who come from different devices and platforms. Excellent template for blogs about to write a diary, entertainment or internet.
Papersheet is another beautiful theme for writers and storytellers, it’s a no-sidebar template that focuses on displaying all of the available content on the homepage, offering readers the chance not to have to click away from when they start to immerse themselves in one of your published stories. It’s also lightweight, and uses a general theme of light colors to put the emphasis on written content, than anything else.
Photo bloggers are everywhere, not just on the favorite blogging platforms, but also on Blogger! Half a Px has released another stunning Blogger theme called Photosheet — a grid-style blog theme that’s a good fit for traditional bloggers, but mostly photographers who wish to lay out their photo portfolio in a grid / gallery like setting. The color scheme is quite dark, so take note, but remember that you can change colors yourself using the Blogger Dashboard to edit the custom CSS for each template that you are using.
Moments is a hip looking theme, it’s plain as far as features go, but it does the job of getting your blog posts across the medium effectively. Moments has a sidebar that you can populate with your favorite plugins, widgets and elements, and much of the room is given to the actual content. We are in love with the smooth flow of the Moments design!
Some businesses unfortunately aren’t capable of allocating the required budget to set up a professional blogging platform for themselves, and that’s okay, because everyone has to start somewhere. Over 11,000+ downloads for the BrandX template, indicating the importance of such templates even for free blogging platforms like Blogger. BrandX helps you to brand your business blog so that your readers are aware of your professional thinking towards such simplistic things like content. Features include 2 columns, responsive design, right sidebar, gallery-styled, fresh look, an exclusive design for Blogger, ads ready, footer columns, social bookmarking icons, posts thumbnails, drop down menu, breadcrumbs, a background pattern, related posts support, well designed threaded comments, abstract and 3D effect.
Material design is beginning to make some serious appearances in the template markets of all blogging and content management platforms, and now Blogger is part of the list as well (we guess it makes sense, since Blogger is owned by Google, and Google is the owner of Material Design), with the ever-stunning Neue responsive template. Neue instantly stands out with it’s versatility in design, and the blossoming of material design in full spectrum. Material design incorporation allows for interesting features like ripple effects, content preview for visual content, seamless social sharing buttons, a beautiful comments section, and to help bloggers who like to share video content, creators of Neue have taken their precious time to integrate FitVid library for repsonsive video content ingreation that will work across all browsers, and devices.
Are you looking for a Blogger theme that will help to inspire authority in the eyes of your readers? Look no further than Johny Cassia — a state of the art responsive Blogger theme that’s clean and crisp out of the box. Good fit for foodies, travellers, and others in similar fields who want to take utilize features by the likes of automatic thumbnail resizing, search engine optimization, custom error pages, email newsletter subscription module, and many others. Broad selection of fonts and exceptional typography makes Johny Cassia a great theme overall.
Want to run a magazine blog, though feeling like you’re technically incompetent to build your own magazine style? Don’t worry, Better Mag has got you covered, for good! A fantastic Blogger magazine template fit for news sites in any field, be it health, technology or science, Better Mag will find use in any of those situations. We love the full-width header logo that helps to make a clear statement about your projects.
Johny Darkfire is yet another blogging / magazine style template for Blogger users, this time leaning towards the more dark-ish color choices. Without much thinking, Johny Darkfire will be of good use for blogs and sites that talk about sports, gaming, and perhaps even personal community efforts where the emphasis is put towards the community aspect of the site, instead of what the design looks like, but Johny Darkfire does look quite amazing!
Avada keeps it simple, and quite real too! Big header titles, medium-sized fonts, everything to help you make a blog about tutorials and lists, without the need to worry as to how others are going to perceive it, quite frankly these kinds of themes we have already gotten used to, and they’re a very safe choice for such type blogs.
Android is the most talked about open-source operating system on the planet, millions of new smartphone devices are activated to the Android system each day, and the fact that we are seeing an Android related template is no surprise by any means. Plenty of Android related blogging websites exist already, and if there’s one thing in common for all of them, then that’s color Green — the official color of the Android mascot. AndroidMag is a template for Blogger bloggers who wish to write about Android, or mobile technology in general, and wish to use a template that’s already established a presence on the web. Content sites will greatly benefit from AndroidMag!
RealMag on the other hand takes a little more of a modern twist, and delivers a spectacular design experience you will hardly find even on the most expensive of the designs that we find on news sites today. RealMag is a responsive web design optimized Blogger template for bloggers who wish to run their own personal magazine blogs, or blogs that talk about design and development — as the design layout perfectly compliments those fields.
Folio360 might fool you with its homepage look, one that’s created mostly for photographers and individuals who wish to list their portfolio items, but once you sink deeper in the template experience and explore aspects like post pages, it becomes clear that Folio360 is much more than just a portfolio theme. You could quickly style Folio360 for the use on sites that are dedicated to bringing out fresh content each day, as the content pages are designed in a way that some of the leading blogs on the web can’t match. The content flows freely, which is one of the most important things to look for in themes and styles anyway, the flow of elements and the content itself has to be organic in order for readers to have an enjoyable reading experience.
The last couple of templates in our list of best free Blogger templates have really stood out, the modern design, the beautiful choice of colors, the stunning allocation of elements to really reflect what blogging is all about, and Fast Mag is just that — the combination of all those things in one beautiful execution that will fulfill even your most wild desires of what a professional and good looking blog should look like. We are in awe with this design, and might even have to work on trying to transfer it to platforms like WordPress and Drupal; it’s stunning!
Technology bloggers, rise up! We are concluding the list of free Blogger themes with TechWorld, a fully flexible and fully optimized Blogger template for technology bloggers. It packs the features and modification options that you would expect from a technology-oriented style — content sliders, easy to navigate archives, a sidebar, good header and footer allocation. It’s perfect for the technology writer.
Premium Blogger Templates
We have come to an end of our list of free template, it was a fun ride and we certainly learned more about the kind of styles and templates the designers and developers are building today, where they are getting inspiration from, and how it all comes together into one single template, but before we say the final goodbye in this post, we wanted to inform you about some other Blogger templates that come from a premium marketplace, by no means should you choose these because we say so, but perhaps do give these few templates a chance to shine and see what they are really about, you might come across something that actually sticks with your current desires for a template, and we sure do hope that you will let us know in the comments if it actually did. (If it’s affordable, why not? It’s an investment in the future, and who knows what kind of opportunities might come out of it, business people love sites that look great, it indicates trust and understanding!)
Planning to run a media websites that talks about literally everything? BMAG is the choice for you! This feature-packed Blogger template will leave nobody hanging when it comes to delivering a smooth design experience that compliments content of all choices. A strong in-built admin panel will allow you to make the kind of changes that will better help you align content in a way that suits your needs at that time. It’s optimized with jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5 snippets to guarantee a professional blogging experience, no matter what you are writing about.
Ovation is already a favorite amongst video bloggers, food bloggers, and fashion bloggers who wish to make their blogs feel more like home, more like a community, than just another content site. With Ovation it’s possible to manipulate the layout for different categories, making the site also appropriate for editorial blogs. With Ovation, you come to a realization of just how versatile Blogger themes can be, and how you can tap into that vast pool of creativity through your own blog. Optimized for search engines. Has many ticker and feed widgets to allow you to display content from external sources in an elegant way.
Radja is a responsive Blogspot theme for the blogger type. It’s simple, fluid and will work well for sites and blogs that talk about technology content, but certainly not limited to that market alone. Uses AJAX and jQuery to provide a fluid transition between pages, and is also fully optimized for the best performance in search engines.
Oliver is the number one Blogspot template for photographers. It’s without question the theme that will put the focus on your photography, and that alone. No longer do you have to spend hours looking for photographer themes, because Oliver is the one, and we couldn’t be more humbled by its smooth layout and extendable list of features.
MagPress offers Blogspot bloggers two different color choices for their magazine sites built with MagPress, a light and dark color scheme that’s powered by modern and classical features for delivering a passionate content consumption experience. MagPress is a big theme, and the documentation is the perfect compliment for getting you started with your own personal magazine editorial blog on Blogger!
Lastly, it’s ShadowLight we are going to end this post with. ShadowLight is a portfolio / individual oriented Blogger template that’s going to find home for content that talks about web development, web design, engineering, computer science, and other topics of that nature. Built for speed, ShadowLight is heavily optimized to be one of the fastest theme ever, making it suitable on any devices, like smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. You can get this theme up and running without any prior programming experience, an attraction you may enjoy.