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Saturday, January 26, 2008

How to get back lost "blogroll" or Link List after upgrading from old classic template to New Blogger template

Before I even start discussing topic in title, my advice is save a copy of your old classic template before you do anything like upgrading to New Blogger template. Yes, I know, Blogger said they will save a copy for you, but in order to get that old classic template after upgrading, you have to revert to old classic template from your now New Blogger template, which means if you do not follow the advices given in these posts:

Backup New Blogger template PLUS Page Elements and changing to another New Blogger template

How to backup New Blogger Page Elements

you may lose a lot of things when you revert to the old classic template to get that template. By saving a copy, you need not revert to the old classic template to get the previous old classic template before you upgrade. In any case, why only depend on Blogger. Why not keep a copy yourself and be under full control of your own template? It also serve as an extra backup in case anything happen, and there is only good that can come out of such a move.

A further reason why you should do the above is, you can have easy access to whatever customization you may have done in the old classic template which you will lose when you upgrade to New Blogger template.

An example - the "blogroll" or Link List. In the old classic template, it is in the form of HTML for an unordered list plus hyperlink HTML tags. I give an actual example below which uses the title "Blogger Resources" (which, I am an eternal optimist, I hope someone who find blogs like this one helpful, plus wants their visitor to have access to the same kind of information and/or help they get from this/these blogs, will add to their blog, with deletion of whatever they don't want of course:

<h2 class="sidebar-title">Blogger Resources</h2>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Blogger Tips and Tricks</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Blogger for Dummies</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Testing Blogger Beta</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Dummies Guide to Google Blogger</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Tips and Tricks for Bloggers</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank?>Google Pack makes your PC more useful</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Picasa, the friendly photo organizer and photo editor</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">Generating Revenue from your Site</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">AdSense Alert</a></li>
<li><a href="" target="_blank">FireFox Alert</a></li>
<li><a href="<a href="" target="_blank">Free Image and Video Hosting</a></li>

Preferred method of adding Link List (blogroll) to New Blogger blog

Most less knowledgeable bloggers will use the Link List Page Element to make their "blogroll". My advice is, don't, if you can help it. It is good if you don't want to bother with HTML (which is not difficult to learn, especially if you read sufficient number of posts in my blogs, but that Link List Page Element cannot be backed up. Something happened and you are forced to fall back to your backup template, your Link List is gone, no more. You will have to recreate it from scratch.

Use a HTML/Javascript Page Element to make your "Link List". Now not only you can save it as a backup, you can be very flexible like adding target="_blank" (or target="new") attribute to make the link or links open in new windows, etc.

Note: target="_blank" had been depracated (mainly because of those darn mobile divices like hand phones that can display web pages, etc), and so don't know how long that is going to last.

How to get back "blogroll" or Link List after upgrading to New Blogger template

If the above did not already give you an idea as to how, here are some clearer instruction. Backup your current New Blogger template PLUS any Page Elements that can be backed up. Then revert back to your previous old classic template or open your saved backup old classic template file if you have one. Get the HTML for the "blogroll" or "Link List" from the template (it will like something like the example I gave in the scroll box above). Now you either have the choice of using the URL's from that HTML to add to a Link List Page Element, or use my recommended method of using the HTML/Javascript Page Element instead. The later will be easier and better. You can even just paste the HTML into the HTML/Javascript Page Element "box" itself.


  1. This is a nice tip. I was going through this because I needed some help in getting back my Blogroll which I inadvertently lost while changing template. I had a blog: which was having new XML template of blogger. Yesterday I changed the template to yet another XML template. I had taken backup of my earlier template, so I was glad that I can restore my blogroll. However, when I tried doing that, the blogger simply refused to recognize the blogroll widget code and didn't show me anything!!! :( :( It seems I have lost my precious blogroll... Can you please help? It's really urgent... I would request you to send your comments on my mail: or drop a comment on any of my posts on and I would pick it up from there. Many thanks in advance!!

  2. Hi Guru,

    With the XML template and the New Blogger Page Elements, if you use their standard blogroll, there is no way you can backup the blogroll. You can only backup blogroll if you use HTML and the HTML hyperlinks with 1 hyperlink for 1 blog and <br /> in between.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger Tips and Tricks

  3. Thanks Peter for your response. I have also published your comment on my blog.

    Keep linking... :)

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