As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, the sheer quality of Blogger templates has increased dramatically this past year or so. Now that talented designers and coders have begun to understand the widespread appeal of Blogger, we are presented with wonderful, intricate and highly usable Blogger templates to enhance the overall appearance of our blogs and dazzle our growing readerships.
In this post, I’d like to introduce you to ten stunningly beautiful templates for Blogger, which are all free to download and are highly functional to boot.
1. Art Template
Converted for Blogger by Gosu of FoolBlogger.com, this stunning design is reminiscent of a scrapbook compilation with customized headings for the widgets in the sidebar, an integrated search function and even colourful tabs for your important blog pages.
This was converted from the original WordPress template by EzWpThemes.
View demo of Blogger Art Template | Read more and download this free Blogger template
2. Water Color
Converted from the WordPress theme by TemplateLite, Falcon Hive’s theme offering is based on a watercolor design and includes a useful Flickr Photostream in the footer. Dates for each post are neatly presented as tabs to the left of each post, while the single sidebar offers room for all your Blogger gadgets.
Magazeen is a truly amazing conversion from the free WordPress theme designed for Smashing Magazine. Zona Cerebral’s conversion is truly excellent.
While this template may not include such stunning backgrounds and design features as other templates in this article, the use of block color and particularly the featured posts in the sidebar make this an eye-catching design with user-friendly properties. Just below the header you can see the integrated Flickr photostream while comments for each post are highlighted in contrasting bold pink.
4. Black Magic
This rich, dark template is another conversion of a Smashing Magazine template. Originally designed by Gopal Raju, this theme offers a two column layout which is especialy useful for portfolios and was converted for use with Blogger by IpieToon.
5. Zinmag Tribune
Zinmag Tribune is an elaborate and elegant conversion of the newspaper-style theme by Jinsona Design. Almost every aspect of the original functionality has been maintained in this conversion which must have proved difficult work for Falcon Hive to convert, yet results in an amazing theme which you really need to view for yourself to appreciate.
6. Infinity for Blogger
If you had seen this template on Smashing Magazine when it was first released, you’d probably have wondered when a talented Blogger designer would have converted it for use with Blogspot blogs!
Well here it is, this stunning dark yet colourful design which was first created by Vikiworks Studio has been converted by Blogger FAQs with very little loss in usability.
The sidebar is fully widgetized, and images on the front page operate as stunning links to individual post pages. Links in the header section can be configured to point to important blog posts, while the RSS feed in the upper right points to your blog’s usual feed URL.
Here is another truly stunning template in the scrapbook style. Originally designed by WP Themes, this template has been converted for Blogger users by Blogger FAQs, and would be especially useful for those writing about craft or feminine issues.
8. Dark Forest
Dark Forest is an original and ethereal design by Ray Creations. Offering a two column layout and stunning background image, this is a beautiful and eye-catching design which would be highly effective for creative bloggers and photographers.
View demo of Dark Forest | Download this template
9. Vintage Paper
This is quite a simple template, but one which is made beautiful by a stunning background design and attention to detail. Originally designed by Ophelia Nicholson, this theme would be ideal for a writer or to showcase photography against the aged-paper background.
View demo of Vintage paper | Read more and download this free theme
This beautiful Blogger template is another original design by RayCreations. Offering a pale, intricate background image and grunge-inspired design, this template would be ideally suited for creative bloggers to showcase their own designs through blog posts.
View demo | Download this beautiful Blogger theme
My intention for this article was to supply a list of ten stunning templates which have captured my interest n recent weeks. There are literally hundreds of free Blogger templates available for download, and my selection represents but a fraction of the best Blogger designs available. So if there are particular themes which you enjoy and would like to recommend to other members of the Blogger community, please feel free to detail these in the comments below.