This past year, we have seen some incredible changes to the sheer quality and quantity of free templates available for the Blogger platform! From incredible magazine style designs with automatic post summaries to beautiful photo showcases, lifestream templates and everything between – there are high quality designs to suit every requirement, or inspire you in the creation of your own unique designs.
For your browsing and inspirational delight, here is my showcase of awesome Blogger templates for summer 2009. These have been selected because of their outstanding quality, attention to detail, beautiful layout and feature-rich design.
I’ve categorized these themes under nine headings to help you find the perfect template for your site: Simply Awesome, Magazine and Gallery Styles, Bright and Colourful, Minimal and Simple, Dark Designs, Feminine and Flirty, Travel Themes and Miscellaneous Templates.
Each template includes a high-resolution screenshot, a link to a live demonstration blog and links to the Blogger designer/coder’s download page where you will find instructions, licensing and further details for the design.
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This selection includes some of the most stunning and well-designed templates I have found. These templates are image-heavy and highly stylized, but I’m sure you’ll all agree they are awesome!
Papelys y Color
Blog Amuki is one of the most astounding Blogger based designs I have ever seen! I was awestruck to discover this hugely talented designer has released some Blogger templates for free!
This is the first template by Amuki, which features a very interesting effect to hide the sidebar. Be sure to check out the demo to see this effect in action!
Originally designed for WordPress by Indezigner, this theme has been converted for Blogger three times, by BloggerThemes, Blogger FAQs and Deluxe Templates. Each conversion is slightly different but both look absolutely superb and deserve these links to their download pages 😉
This is a perfect template for anyone wishing to showcase images/templates and the like using Blogger.
This beautiful template was designed by RayCreations. Featuring a stunning background, stylized headings and date headings, this is bound to impress visitors to your blog.
Designed for WordPress by Skinpress, this adorable theme has been converted for Blogger by FalconHive.
This theme is surprisingly easy to set up: full instructions are provided on the download page, while the navigation and 125px ads can all be configured using widgets in the layout.
This theme was originally created by EzWpThemes and converted for Blogger by Blogger FAQs. A feminine and quirky design, the appearance has been considered in all areas and makes for a stunning theme.
This stunning dark theme includes an animated featured posts section and very stylish typography. An original design by Insight Your Blogger.
This fabulous template offers a three column layout with integrated Twitter updates and beautifully styled headings in the central column. Converted by Falcon Hive from the original design by Gopal Raju.
Here’s another memorable EzWpThemes conversion, this time by Gosu of FoolBlogger.com. Designed to appear like a scrapbook, this highly stylized theme is colourful yet very functional.
Designed by WeFunction for Smashing Magazine, this Blogger template conversion from Zona Cerebral is simply awesome! Don’t be deceived by the apparent simplicity of the layout: once you see this template in action you’ll understand why I like it so much.
Beneath the header section is an area of thumbnails which link to recent posts. When you hover over a thumbnail, the title of the post it links to will fade in (and out) above the thumbnails. The footer too is well-styled, and while this template will require personalization for your particular blog, I promise the results will be well worth the effort!
Here’s another stunning conversion from Alvaris Falcon, converted from the WordPress theme by TemplateLite.
This three column theme is beautifully designed with image-heavy backgrounds in the style of a sunny garden.
Magazine and Gallery Styles
In recent times, magazine and gallery style themes have become very popular.
Magazine-style themes are ideal for niche blogs which are regularly updated, and where the showcase of a particular category assists readers in navigation.
Gallery-style templates are perfect for photo-bloggers, artists and designers to showcase their works as in portfolio fashion.
All of the following templates make excellent use of functions and CSS styles to ensure magazine and gallery style themes showcase the potential of Blogger as a powerful publishing tool.
Here is a simple, elegant and fresh template by Dante araujo which includes automatic post summaries and thumbnails on the home page.
Here is an elegant design with an unusual colour scheme, particularly effective for a business/corporate blog. Converted from the WP theme by Jinsona, Falcon Hive’s Blogger template is excellent and well worth a look.
This design is simply fabulous! Converted by BloggerTricks from the original design by CamelGraph.com, this features automatic summaries, recent posts with thumbnails, a featured posts section and integrated YouTube embed.
This is a clean, magazine style theme with read-more feature for posts on the home page and split header section (perfect for adding wide adsense banners above the fold).
Converted from WpThemeDesigner‘s template by Anshul.
This template by Dante araujo is a fantastic template for photo bloggers, designers and artists! Only the images of each post are visible: these thumbnails expand into a larger version using the JQuery FullSize feature.
Be sure to check out the demo for this template: I am very impressed by this template as it demonstrates the full potential of Blogger as a web-publishing tool.
When I saw the WordPress version of this theme on Smashing Magazine, I wondered when it would be possible to see a conversion of this for Blogger. And finally it is here!
Originally designed by Vikiworks.com, this has been converted for Blogger by Blogger FAQs and features thumbnails for posts on non-item pages, integrated Flickr photostream and stunning graphics in the background.
A clean, magazine style theme, Gumball Special was originally designed by Evan Eckard and has been converted for Blogger by Blogger FAQs.
A stylish magazine layout from Falcon Hive which has been converted from the original theme by PaddITsolutions.
Features a featured posts slideshow, automatic post summaries and excellent use of space in the sidebar.
A fully functional template with featured posts slideshow and recent posts thumbnails in the header. This is converted from a template by Jinsona by Cahaya Biru.
A pale version of Dante araujo’s Showcase theme, which includes automatic thumbnails and a fresh take on the colour scheme.
This is a stunning, unbtrusive magazine style design which makes use of all available space in a truly elegant manner. Converted from the WP theme by Wpthemedesigner.com by Blogger Tricks.
This is a truly stylish, magazine style theme converted from Jinsona‘s WP Theme by Cahaya Biru. With bold contrasting colours, a sliding featured posts section and integrated Twitter updates, this is a stylish and highly functional template.
Cellar Heat Light Gallery
This is a pale, gallery-style version of the popular Cellar Heat theme by Evan Eckard, which has been converted for Blogger by MagzNetwork.
Here is a stunning, elegant template which has been converted from PaddItSolutions‘ WP theme by FreeBloggerTemplate. It features a slideshow “featured posts” section in the header and stylish presentation throughout.
This is a tremendous theme which really needs to be seen in action in order to be fully appreciated! Gamezine is converted from the WP theme by Jinsona Design by Cahaya Biru. It is designed to be a showcase style template for gaming Bloggers, and includes a wonderful magazine-style on the main page.
Bright and Colourful Templates
The use of strong, bright or contrasting colours can really make a blog design come to lie. Here is a selection of colourful and memorable templates to enhance the appearance of your blog:
A stunning design from RayCreations with tabbed navigation and high-res background image.
This cheerful, bright coloured theme uses few background images and is very pleasing on the eyes. Converted from the WP theme by Deluxe Templates.
This three column layout was converted from the original theme by Scribblescratch by DeluxeTemplates.
Harking back to designs of the past, this bold and colourful template will brighten any blog! Converted from the original CSS template from Dawghouse Design Studio by Blogger FAQs.
Fresh, colourful and beautifully designed, this theme by RayCreations is simple yet truly awesome.
A clean and fresh blog theme, converted from the WP Theme by WebDesignLessons by Deluxe Templates.
This bright and eye-catching template was converted from Template Lite‘s WP theme by Blogger Styles. It offers a three column layout with stunning large background image and many stylistic features throughout.
Converted from the WP theme by SimplyWP, this muted colour theme is simple yet effectively presented. Blogger template coded by Ipietoon.
This is a simple, red-toned theme was created for Blogger by Skinpress and offers a clean simplistic layout and an integrated feed link in the header.
Minimal and Simple Designs
Colour, layout and typography alone can serve as the basis for a great design. These simple, minimalist templates use few (if any) images, ensuring that the blog content is the main focus of the readers’ attention:
This fast-loading three column blog features three narrow columns and lots of eye-pleasing white space. Ideal for micro-bloggers, this was designed for Blogger by Dante araujo.
This simple typographic template was converted from Mentariwork’s CSS template by Deluxe Templates.
Antonio Lupetti of Woork has always had an exceptional eye for design. Typoork is his latest free Blogger template offering, featuring an exceptional clean layout and beautifully ordered typography.
An elegant, vaguely feminine theme with minimalist layout. Based on the theme by Quick Online Tips and Bloggerized by ChicaBlogger.
This is a two column template of my own design which features a unique approach to presenting the meta-data for each post.
A simple, yet highly effective design which includes integrated Twitter updates beneath the header and navigation links. Designed by Dante araujo.
A pale white and red version of Dante araujo’s Showoff template.
A simple two column theme with only one backgroud image which instead focuses on CSS based colour and typography. Designed for Blogger by Deluxe Templates.
Smash My Typo
This simple green-toned template is based on the CSS template by FreeCssTemplates and has been converted for Blogger by Blogger FAQs.
This elegant simple theme features three columns and integrated RSS subscription links.? This was designed for Blogger by Deluxe Templates.
Templates of a dominant dark colour scheme work beautifully where bright contrasting images are presented in the posts.
Many designers choose to adopt a dark colour scheme for their blogs, though these templates may also be adapted for personal, business and technology-related niches:
This stunning dark theme was originally created for WordPress by Evan Eckard, and has been converted for Blogger by Blogger FAQs.
This theme includes Twitter updates in the header, well-designed comment counts, plus integrated search, feed and navigation links. Converted from the WP theme by Skinpress by Falcon Hive.
Another stunning original design by RayCreations. Features a two column layout with unique styling of the different widget types and breathtaking main background image.
A dark and serious theme by Dante araujo with a keen focus on each element of style.
Rock My World
Originally designed by Pelangipetang, this awesome grunge-style theme has been converted for Blogger by Deluxe Templates.
A stunning, simple dark theme which offers three columns in the layout and perfect attention to details. Originally created for WP by Design Disease and converted for Blogger by Blog and Web.
This is an image-heavy, beautifully toned design featuring Twitter and RSS links in the header and a stylish approach to the layout. Converted from Skinpress‘ WP theme by Falcon Hive.
Here is another conversion of a Skinpress theme by Deluxe Templates, this time a dark theme with a stylish and highly functional header section.
The Conservative American
An unusual niche-style template with a patriotic feel, this two column template is not short of features including: automatic date, Twitter integration and navigation links. Converted by Zona Cerebral from the WordPress design by Jeremy Buff.
Converted by Falcon Hive from the WordPress theme by Jinsona Design, this dark intriguing theme offers many great features, though requires a good deal of customization to install.
An original dark design by Templates Novo Blogger.
Feminine and Flirty Designs
This round-up would not be complete without a selection of feminine and flirty designs for ladies who prefer a girly appearance to their themes:
WP Polaroid Pink
Meet the Chef
Gisele Jaquenod’s designs are always cute, well designed and perfectly laid out. Here is her latest offering: Meet The Chef, a three column feminine design with unique header banner.
This cheerful theme was designed by IpieToon and features a split sidebar, widgetized footer section and unique header banner (watch what happens when you move your cursor around…).
This simple two column theme was originally designed by Top Tut and includes a beautiful header image. Converted for Blogger by BloggerThemes.
Tired Girl offers a beautiful header design and quirky approach to navigation. Designed by Skincorner for Blogger users.
A cute theme by Ipietoon, which is perfect for those blogging about a new addition to the family. The PSD file may also be downloaded for customization of the header banner.
A beautiful Blogger template offered by Klodian of Deluxe Templates, this two column template was converted from the original design by EzWpThemes.
This ethereal theme offers a beautiful colour scheme, and includes integrated search and RSS feed link. Converted from the WP theme by TemplateLite by Deluxe Templates.
A simple, retrospective design in sepia tones, this theme was converted from GetTemplate’s original design by Chica Blogger.
Subtle and feminine, this template was converted from SimplyWP‘s theme by ChicaBlogger.
This original theme by Dante araujo offers a three column layout which can be easily customized by swapping out the background image. The PSD file is included for easy customization of the logo.
I love the balanced layout of this subtle theme, which is based on the design by EzWpThemes and converted for Blogger by Deluxe Templates.
With a stunning background image, tabbed navigation and stylish sidebar section, this template is impressive while pleasing to read. Converted from TemplateLite‘s original design by Falcon Hive.
Unusual Layouts and Styles
I love to see new design styles where the author has chosen to break out of conventional layout schemes. We tend to consider a blog layout as having at least one sidebar to the left, right or either side of blog content; that the header section should span the width of the blog, and other assumed layout options.
This set of themes defy convention: some are single column themes (ideal for showcasing photos!) while others do not appear like blogs at all!
Based on the WooThemes template, this Blogger conversion includes tabbed navigation buttons, social media links and stylish sidebar headings.
This has been bloggerized by WP Blogger Themes and is well worth a look!
Are you launching a new blog soon? Launchpad is the solution to help potential readers subscribe for updates. You can write blog posts and simply upgrade your theme once the site is ready for launch.
This template was converted by ejner69 from ThemeShaper‘s original design.
Please do take a look at the demo for RS garden to appreciate it fully – my screenshots do not do justice to this unusual theme!
Featuring a single, wide column on the home page and a narrow, left sidebar on item pages, this clean layout is ideal for photobloggers.
This simple one column theme is ideal for photobloggers and designers to showcase their works. Converted from ClipThePhotos‘ theme by Deluxe Templates.
This is a very clean, single column theme which features the post-meta-data in a column to the right of the post body and a widgetized three column footer. Converted from Nathan Rice‘s theme by Quite Random.
This theme offers a highly unusual, fluid layout in which the sidebar and posts are separated by a central vertical line.
Converted from Guy Fisher‘s WP theme by Template GoDown.
This unusual two column theme is left-aligned: a rare layout style in recent template design. It appears as a grunge-style notebook with highly stylized widgets in the sidebar and integrated navigation links. Converted from the EzWpThemes template by Deluxe Templates.
A narrow, single column theme converted from Pelangi Petang‘s template by Zona Cerebral.
Another left-aligned theme, this original design was created by Dante araujo. It offers a clean and simple layout with excellent use of contrasting colour and minified header logo.
Travel Themed Templates
Here is a small selection of “travel” themed templates for Blogger, specifically chosen for those who wish to blog about their travels and world adventures!
A bold, bright theme with integrated RSS link in the page curl. Converted from the EzWpThemes template by BloggerThemes.
This is a beautiful, artistic template for travel bloggers. I particularly love the signpost for navigation around the blog! Converted from the WP theme by TemplateLite by Falcon Hive.
This notice-board style template was designed for Blogger by Lecca and features a split sidebar section.
Another template designed for Blogger by Lecca, this features a useful integrated Flickr photostream in the header which displays the latest Flickr uploads – perfect for updating with images on the go!
Travel and tour
Here is an elegant, simple theme for travel bloggers which features integrated navigation links and a quirky “polaroids” section in the footer.
Converted from Free CSS Templates’ design by Deluxe Templates.
Here’s a final selection of awesome free Blogger templates which were difficult to categorise elsewhere. All are of excellent quality and truly deserve a place in this showcase:
An elegant and highly functional theme which offers integrated Twitter updates, email feed subscription and “SexyBookmarks” for easy syndication of posts.
Created by BieTempltes.
This stylish blue business theme was originally designed for WordPress by EzWpThemes and has been converted for Blogger by FalconHive.
Simple, elegant and well laid out, this template will perform well for a multitude of blog niches. Converted from Blog Oh Blog‘s original template by Deluxe Templates.
MobiPress in another feature-rich template from Cahaya Biru, with a bold colour scheme and interesting layout. This was converted from the WP theme by Jinsona Design.
This is a beautiful grunge-inspired theme by Ray Creations, which inuludes a stylized welcome message and integrated navigation links.
Originally a WP theme by Web Design Lessons, this lush green theme was converted for Blogger by Deluxe Templates.
The Business Templates
A professional theme, this can be adapted to have 2-6 columns for all your widget needs. The header image also may be changed to suit the requirements of your blog.
Coded by OurBlogTemplates.
Based on Andrew Lindstrom’s beautiful WordPress theme, this Blogger conversion was coded by Blogger FAQs.
The Clam Shell
An awesome theme with big bold icons! Converted from Michael Soriano‘s template by Free Blogger Template.
This is a simple, grunge-style theme with a huge RSS icon in the header, integrated navigation links and beautiful typography choices. Converted from the Skinpress theme by Dante araujo.
This elegant white theme was created by Denshou and may be downloaded from BTemplates.com
This delicious template was coded by Lawny and is based on a PSD tutorial by PSDVibe.
Typebased is a beautifully elegant design, originally created by Woo Themes and bloggerized by BTemplates. This design features two columns in the layout, and post data is separated in a column to the left.
This stunning, glossy theme is based on the original template by Alexandru Cosmin and converted by WP Blogger Themes.
This design includes a breathtaking background image and stylized sidebar column. Another intriguing and original design by Ray Creations.
This grey and blue themed design puts the blog’s description in central focus – a feature noted among portfolio blogs and websites – while the blog title is minimal in the upper left corner. An original Blogger design by Dante araujo.
Last – and most certainly not least! – this amazing theme by Blog Amuki is adapted from Falcon Hive’s excellent Zinmag Tribune template.
Tonos Cálidos uses the magazine template, but injects this with subtle grunge overtones and a warm colour scheme. This is even more beautiful when viewed in the browser, and would make an excellent choice for a portfolio blog or personal site.
Blogger templates have truly evolved over the past twelve months. It’s been a pleasure to find such great templates and talented designers who offer their works for free download in efforts to improve the resources available to the Blogger community.
Each of these templates is the product of hard work, patience and perseverance. Wherever possible, I have linked to the download page on the Blogger template coder’s site and – where applicable – to the original designers website (in cases where templates have been converted from another platform). For any of the templates you download, be sure to check the license and adhere to any conditions of use. After all, attribution for the work of these talented designers is the least reward we can offer for their efforts!
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Please also take a look at my previous showcase posts to find even more beautiful Blogger templates which are completely free to use:
- The Top 20 Free Blogger Templates of 2008
- 125 More Excellent Blogger Templates
- 12 Free Photoblog Templates for Blogger
- 101 Excellent Blogger XML Templates
Let us know which designs you love the most by leaving your comments below!
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