Customisation Tips for A Blogger Blog - Choosing Your Colours

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A few weeks ago I was chatting to someone on Facebook and they happened to mention how difficult it was to find any useful customisation tips for a Blogger blog.



The majority of blogs offer lots of advice to users of WordPress but for blogger... not so much.

I have been using Blogger since I started blogging back in 2011 and I love it. I am able to make my blog look how I want and at the same time Google take care of all the complicated things like hosting and ensuring I don't get hacked.

In the (almost) four years I've been blogging I've tried all kinds of customisation, some things have worked, some haven't. 

Eventually I spent money on a template design I liked, I put it off for as long as I could but I felt it was necessary for me.

However, when you're starting out you don't want to have to spend money (or at least I didn't), and you can pretty much do everything yourself these days anyway. You just need the right tips and advice to get you through.

With that in mind I've decided to start a series of blog posts with tips and advice for Blogger blogs. I know there are loads of Blogger blogs out there and we should all try and help each other out. So without further ado...

Disclaimer: All the tips and advice I offer are from experience. I am NO expert, just a blogger who's been at it for a few years. 

Customising your blogger blog


Let's start at the beginning - choosing your template.

Blogger offers a wide range of templates and some of them are really lovely but if you're going to want to customise I would go for the 'Simple' template. I've found that that one is the easiest to customise.

With a plain white background and simple text it's like starting with a blank canvas and you can add your own imaginative touches easily.

The first thing you're going to want to do is decide on a colour scheme. As you can see I have two major colours, gold and pink, and my text is grey. These are the only colours you'll see on the blog, apart from photos of course.

Some blogs use 3 or 4 colours but I think that can look a little 'busy' and make the blog difficult to read. I much prefer simple and elegant styles. Of course this is just my opinion and if you think your blog would look better with lots of colours, go for it.

Tip: Learn or jot down the colour code of your chosen colours.


All colours have a colour code, for example the colour code for the gold on my blog is #c2a664.

Whenever you're customising your blog it's useful to have those colour codes to hand. Either jot them down or learn them. That way when it comes to customising your header or blog text you'll have the codes handy.

It is fairly simple to find out what the colour code is for your chosen colour. There are websites that can tell you, simply click on the colour and it will tell you the code: http://html-color-codes.info/

Or, if you've found a colour you like on a website right click (if using a Mac) on the colour and select "Inspect element". I'm using Chrome as my browser - this feature may not be available on other browsers.








That will bring up a window that shows all the code for the website you're using. Scroll down in the "Styles" section and find your desired colour, the code should be right there.








Like I said, make a note of the colour code because you'll need it later.


Once you've decided on colours you can move on to creating a header for your blog. For that you can head to PicMonkey or Canva, both these sites are free to use and have tools to help you create your own images.



Next time I'll be going through how to create your own header using Canva.

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18 comments:

  1. Oh brilliant! Finding tips for blogger blogs is, as you say, really difficult. Looking forward to seeing the rest of these.

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  2. Fun tips, lady! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wish I'd read these tips when I was with blogger Morgan! Now switched to Wordpress, and I still need to take the time to discover all i can do! Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou xx

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    1. I think we all spend so long learning and when we think it's a good idea to switch we have to start all over again! Hope you get there soon with your Wordpress hun! xx

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  4. What a great idea. You are right there are loads of word press things but hardly anything for blogger. I am always looking for ways to improve my blog so will be following your posts excitedly. Thanks! #abitofeverything

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    1. Hope I write something you'll find useful, and if there's anything you'd like to know then drop me a line and I'll try and write a post on it. :)

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  5. I agree with you, more than 2 colours look a little busy. It's great you are giving advice on blogger as there aren't so many. I can imagine is so difficult for a blogger to learn to do all this things. I'm lucky my husband will take care of this part of blogging :)

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    1. The Hubby has helped me too on many occasion but I've learned a thing or two too! :)

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  6. These are great tips. Like you said, there is so much help for word press users and not a lot for blogger, even Google isn't very useful so you need people like you and other bloggers sharing their tips!

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  7. Great tips! Thanks for sharing...I'll be following your blog for more tips. Hope to see you again at #abitofeverything

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  8. I use wordpress and agree that there seem to be post after post of advice so it's nice to see someone doing it for blogger! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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  9. Great blog! I have a search button on my blog that I want to float to the right side of the masthead bar. Can you suggest how to do that please?

    Fatima | www.blogsbyfa.com

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    1. Thanks Fatima! I'll have a look into it and let you know. x

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