The Downside of Classic Blogger Template

The recent Blogger template consist of thousands line. The code in blogger template is not only for blog appearance but also for template designer control panel. How about the classic blogger template? Can we still use classic blogger template? What is the downside of classic blogger template compare to current one?
The Downside of Classic Blogger Template
The Downside of Classic Blogger Template

If we want to learn more simple blogger template we can see The Classic Blogger Template. By Learning this template we can understand the basic concept of blogger template. To do so i create a new blog, use classic template, try to understand the code structure and tweaking the code to get appearance that i want.

By learning this, we also simultaneously learning the downside of classic blogger template and we can appreciate more the current template designer facility that has been provided by blogger.

Below is the step by step:

1. Create a new blog in Blogger

The first step is creating a new blog. If you are totally a new beginner in Blogger, you can read the previous article about 'How To Create A Blog in Blogger'.

Read : How To Create A Blog In Blogger

2. Go to Template in left sidebar of Blogger Dashboard

If we choose minimalist Blogger template, we will have the template preview is below. We can see two previews. Live on Blog for desktop look and mobile for mobile look platform.
Default Minimalist Blogger Template
Default Minimalist Blogger Template

3. Scroll to the bottom to find classic template option

Scroll down until you find "revert to classic template" option. If you can not find the link, probably you have the same problem with me. I use Internet Explorer 9.0 and can not find this option. See the screen shoot below.
There is no option for Revert to Classic Template in Internet Explorer 9.0
There is no option for 'Revert to Classic Template' in Internet Explorer 9.0
Try to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead. You will find the option to revert classic template.
Option Revert to classic templates are available on Mozilla Firefox Browser
Option Revert to classic templates are available on Mozilla Firefox Browser

4. Choose Revert to classic template

Blogger will give a notification when you click revert to classic template link. One of the downside of using the classic blogger template is to loose Blogger template designer facility. We should code everything manually. I think right now this option has been abandoned by most of Blogspot Blogger. However since this is for learning, i try to be one of the user of classic blogger template.

There will be two option after clicking the link, the first one is revert to classic template of view classic template.
Notification of the limitation on classic blogger template
Notification of the limitation on classic blogger template
View classic template option will bring us to the template HTML code editor. The code editor is plainly a text editor. There is no code line number and  there is only one black color available. This made coding become difficult in this old classic template. We can only view the code in 'View Classic template' option. Blogger try to scare you of and back off from using old template :).
Classic Template HTML Editor in Classic Blogger Template
Classic Template HTML Editor in Classic Blogger Template
If we are sure that we want to use classic template, please click the revert to classic template link again. Another HTML code editor will pop up with preview and save option. To sneak the appearance of classic template just click the preview button.
Edit template Blogger in Classic Mode
Edit template Blogger in Classic Mode
By default Blogger give a very simple template. It consist of header, blog post area and one sidebar that provide Blogger Profile, Link list, previous post, archive and subscribe to post option. I have applied the setting in one of my blog. You can check the preview on this link.


Classic Blogger template Preview
Classic Blogger template Preview
Sadly we don't have any option for other classic blogger template by default. But, if we still keep the old blogger template file, we can uploaded on blogger template option and use the old template. We also can tweak the template code as we like if we understand HTML, XML, CSS and Javascript. I made this blog to learn the blogger flexibility in tweaking the template. I'm still a newbie and learn this by trial and error.

If we examine the code in old classic blogger template we will see that the classic template consist less code compare to current blogger template. But the problem is we can not see how many line exist in the classic blogger template since there is no code line number available.


5. The downside of Classic Blogger template

As closing statement for this article, the classic blogger template provide us with simpler coding but there are some downside in template editor and blogger template designer. If you check on the left sidebar, you will not find option for layout setting that is available on current blogger template.

We also loose the responsive feature of the blog if we stick with classic blogger template. 

Below is the preview of the blog i tested using classic blogger template on mobile platform.

The classic Blogger Template Doesn't have responsive feature by default
The classic Blogger Template Doesn't have responsive feature by default

I hope this article can help me and you the reader understanding the classic blogger template feature. Please share your though and comment on the comment section below. If you find this article from Google, maybe you have the same interest with me in Blogger Coding. :)

For the next article i will try to learn the structure of old blogger template. Cheers.

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1 Response to "The Downside of Classic Blogger Template"

  1. I came here just because you've posted about old classic template. tertarik menggunakan template ini, namun sayang banyak fitur yang tidak berfungsi dengan baik. padahal pengen banget noslatgia pake template ini. thanks for sharing btw

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