Presentation is key when making a first impression in the business world. If you’re running your company on a budget, you’ve likely chosen blogger. Not only is blogger free, but it is a lot less maintenance than a self hosted wordpress blog or custom built shopping cart. There are no script updates or security vulnerabilities to worry about. When you log into your dashboard you can focus on blogging instead of what needs to be taken care of to keep your site up to date. In the past, one of the downfalls of blogger was that there was a lack of professional themes available to customize your blog. This is no longer the case!
In addition to the “set it up and forget about maintenance” aspects of having a blogger hosted blog, you have the ability to customize the look of your site with free blogger templates. Years ago there weren’t as many professional blogger theme designs available on the web. These days there is so much more available! You can even set up an e-commerce shop to sell your merchandise with blogger! You’d be surprised with the amount of great designs there are out there on the web for free. Some of these templates make me want to set up another website just to use them!
Blogger Has a Corporate Back End
Are you worried about not having the ability to get a custom domain name? Blogger has you covered. For $10 per year you can have your own .com domain and a free google apps account to create domain email addresses, chat and share documents with your team. Check out this post by Paul Crowe on Setting up a Custom Domain with Blogger. In addition to having a professional front end for your business, you can have an Corporate Level Business Suite on the back end for your company.
Do you still think that blogger may be inferior? Check out the free templates below.
This blogger template is such a cute design style for foodie bloggers. I absolutely love it! It has a buit in ad spot and 5 star rating system. It has a built in popular posts area at the bottom with great styling. In addition to these features you’ll find integrated facebook, google plus and twitter social sharing buttons.
Free clean & minimal tumblr style blogspot template.
Elite Minima is a feminine/girly style free blogger template with great typography and widget styling. It also features responsive CSS design for mobile browsers.
Focus point is another feminine/girly free blogger template in professional photography gallery style layout. The pages and posts layout is 2 column with a nice popular posts sidebar gadget.
Lightroom is a darker style photo gallery template for blogger with left side navigational menu. The homepage layout displays only photos from your posts, with your photography as the focal point.
Primal is a showcase template with subtle textures and a vintage masculine design style. It features social sharing buttons – tweetmeme (twitter),. Stumbleupon, Digg and Facebook Like.
The Focus is a 3 column magazine style blogger template with lots of room for gadgets, featured/popular posts and news categories.
X5 Shadow is a dark and masculine free blogger template of exceptional design. It has a a very unique menu navigation design addition to a nicely styled featured posts slider. If you’re looking for a dark template that has an author bio area, this one may be the one for you.
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Nomad is a free blogger template with left side navigational structure. The design is very clean and masculine, with an emphasis on photography.
Blogger Store v2
Blogger store is a groundbreaking e-commerce theme that can be installed on blogger. It features the simple cart shopping cart script, blogger template designer color customizations, superfish menu and last but not least – featured content automatic slider. Automatic slider is a script that will automatically pull the images from your posts and add them to the featured content slider. It has buttons for displaying products in grid and detail view, much similar to premium shopping cart templates.
Liquid is a 2 column magazine style layout for blogspot blogs. Honestly I’m surprised that this one is free because it is such a great design! It sports a full size nivo slider, automatic thumbnails and post summary.
Wallbase is yet another fantastic photography blogger template that offers a full screen slideshow of your photography gallery. This one is definitely a must see.
Chromatic is a 2 column magazine style corporate blogger template design. It’s features include automatic “read more” link, automatic post thumbnails, nivo slider and footer social networking section with a recent tweets area.
Apparet is a fresh and clean blogger template design with fully functional admin template designer. Choose unlimited options for background colors, text colors & web fonts. It also features an automatic slider utilizing “jQuery Cycle All Slider” and a Superfish Dropdown Menu. It has animated “read more” & sliding labels in addition to footer social icons with CSS Image Sprites.
Circles blogger template has a very unique design that would make for a wonderful fashion blog. This template is an exclusive download which may be obtained by following Comartidisimo on Google Plus. Just follow her, and then she’ll follow you back so you can obtain the download link. I found Google Chrome to be a useful browser for this, as I don’t speak Spanish and it automatically translates the content for me.
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