Blogger: How to install the template (xml) file

Installing a Blogger template is easier than you might think. After uploading a single file, it is installed and you are ready to start blogging.

Note: if you have now already downloaded your template you should do that via this guide.

You can install the template by uploading the ‘Template.xml’ file found in your email receipt.


  • Do not try to open the xml file on your computer – it will display lots of errors.
  • You will need to create a blog on, if you have not done so already.
  • Your previous template will be removed and replaced. Any code in your old template will be lost, so it’s a good idea to take a backup first.
  • Before installation, you should remove any gadgets installed by your previous template (unless you want to keep them).

How to install your template:

1. Go to the ‘Theme’ section of the dashboard:

2. Click the backup/restore button at the top right of the screen:

Note: if you have now already downloaded your template you should do that via this guide.

3. Click “Browse…” and select the Template.xml file you downloaded from your email receipt:

Now that your main template is active, you should also activate the Mobile Template.

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  1. Hayley Williams

    Hello! I currently have a template on my blog from another company but I really want to swap to the Holly&Weave template, however I am completely clueless and don’t want to mess anything up on my blog. Can somebody help with this if I purchase the template? Thanks in advance x

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Hayley, sure! We offer a free installation service with all templates. Simply complete this form after purchasing 🙂

      1. Hayley

        That’s great Phil thank you. Can I also ask do you design logos too? I’m looking for something new..

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Not currently, however you may wish to check out for logo designs. There are a range of people on their with different prices from £2 upwards 🙂

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Banks! Do you need help installing one of our templates? You can request our free installation service by clicking the link in your email receipt. Then I can install it for you 🙂

  2. Hannah

    Hey what does it mean when I am trying to install a new theme but comes up with “we are un able to save your theme as it is not well formed’ ? Thanks Hannah

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Hannah, this error seems to happen randomly. It is quite difficult to say what is specifically causing it in your case since it can relate to a number of factors. It could be a setting in your web browser, computer or something to do with how the file was downloaded. If you try logging offer and restarting your computer, then re-downloading the template from your email receipt it may work better. If not, you’re welcome to request our free installation service via your email receipt.

  3. ava

    Can I check, if I want to change my current template. Will the settings/layout change into the new template. Or will the posts need to be recreated?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Ava, you’ll keep all your posts, pages, content and widgets etc. The template would re-style them accordingly into the new layout.

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