People using Blogger knows about Blogger’s Template Designer and its features. It can just helps you if you want to change your template’s fonts, size, backgrounds, colors etc. only. People wants make their blog template more professional but they did not have any knowledge about HTML, CSS and Javascripts. They can’t afford thousands of dollars to hire a professional developer it’s a great tool for them. Since it is not a freeware but you can try it as a trial version. You can design professional template for your blog using this tool easily and you did not need to know about and coding languages. In this tutorial we will show how you can design a professional blogger template using Artisteer.

        What is Artisteer?

Artisteer is an amazing tool for those who didn’t have knowledge about coding languages like HTML, CSS and etc. It is the first web based automative web design software that supports almost all major blogging platform like Blogger, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. It can creates templates and themes instantly just by drag and drop. Following are the great features of Artisteer.

  •  Allow you to design incredible web templates not in minutes, in seconds.
  •  Create different pages for your website using drag and drop options.
  •  Allows you to either edit an existing theme or create a new one.
  •  There is no need to learn Photoshop, CSS, HTML or any other web designing language.

        Creating Blogger Template Using Artisteer:

The First thing you need to do is to Download and install Artisteer. It is not a freewre but its trial version still allows you to create, export or import web templates.

The installation wizard is quite simple and straightforward, just follow the instructions as it guides through the installation. If you feel any difficulty in installation you can directly ask Artisteer Support. Once installations finishes open the software either from your start menu, or from your desktop.

       Step 1 : Creating a new Blogger Template:

After opening Artisteer, the next thing is to create a new template document so go to File >> New. Now a new wizard will appear asking you to select a CMS (Content management system). It supports four most popular CMS system i.e. Blogger, Drupal, WordPress, DukeNetNuke and Joomla. Since, you are trying to create a blogger template, so you would select the “Blogger” icon. However, you can also work on other CMS themes.  Once done proceed to the next step.
        Step 2 : Designing the Header:

Now you would be able to see a Simple blog theme, using the custom functions you would convert it into a professional theme. To start off you have to design your header area. On the tool bar there is an option known as “Header” just select it as shown in the screenshot below.
It will provide you numberless option through which you can change the width, height, background, position and lots of other things in your header. In fact, you can also use ready-to-use Flash and gradient background effects. Doesn’t that sound interesting? You can also use “Suggest Header” tool that assists your design and automatically applies a design that matches your color scheme and style.

        Step 3 : Designing a Great Sidebar :

Every blog has a sidebar that usually appears either on the left or right side of a website. On selecting “Sidebar” from the toolbar, it would provide you a few options. You can change the layout, add two sidebars, and can even customize it appearance.
If you wish to add two sidebars in your website select “Layout” from the sidebar menu which would provide you a couple of options such as one column, two columns and three columns. You can select it according to your needs.
There are lots of other options like styling and coloring your sidebar. You can experiment all the functions and can create a new thing every time you play with them. However, if you have no idea how to style the sidebar, then you can try the “Suggest Sidebar” tool and this software would advise a few modifications.

        Step 4 : Designing a Perfect Post Page:

Post pages are the basic need of a website. Without having a proper post design your blogs remain empty or incomplete. To design impressive post pages select “Article” button present on the toolbar. It would take you to a list of options that can help you in creating an ideal post pages for your site. You can Change the Heading style, fonts, color, Blockquote and appearance of your post area.

All tools are there to help you, you can experiment each of them and can convert your theme into a masterpiece.

        Step 5 : Designing Other Core Elements:

Footer: You can also create a unique footer area for your site using the “Footer” button located on the toolbar. It doesn’t have lots of options for customization, but they are enough to create a decent footer.

Menu: By default, you get multi-drop down menus, so you do not code them from scratch. However, you can customize theme accordingly from the “Menu” button. It has a lot of options for customization.

Background: Using the background tool, you can either upload image backgrounds or can use the custom gradient color backgrounds. You can also add texture to your background using the same tool.
Layout: You can either use full-width layout or can select a certain width using the “Layout” option located at the toolbar. You can add border to your layout, texture, and other fascinating stuff to play.

        Step 6 : Exporting Your Created Blogger Template:

Once your template is ready, it is time to export so that you can upload it on your blog. Go to File >> Export >> Export Template >> save the file. Remember: The file would be saved in .zip extension, so you need WinRAR to unzip it. The package would consist of two files i.e. the main blogger template in .xml format and a folder of pattern images.

Final Words:

Now I think this article helps you in understanding how you can create a professional template using Artisteer without knowng HTML, CSS etc. Soon we publish a post in which we distribute Artisteer 4.1 Licence to all of our readers till then Peace, Blessings and Happy Designing.