How to reset corrupted Blogger Blog Posts template

So you finally did it! You’ve managed to tweak your Blog post gadget template to the point where it is starting to behave or function strangely. Now the most important and complex part of your blog is all messed up -the date stamp is missing, the post footer disappeared, the comments section looks weird, the comment link  is nowhere to be found etc.

blog posts gadget template reset

You’ve tried adjusting the settings in Blog Posts gadget configuration page, but nothing worked. It seems your blog is corrupted beyond repair. You wish you could just reset the template and start over.

Well, you can. You can easily restore the corrupted Blog post template to its original condition in just a few steps. However, bear in mind that resetting the template will also remove other changes you’ve made to the template such as auto read more, Facebook Like button, Twitter Tweet button etc. But hey, if could add them once you could probably add them again.

Here we go,

  1. Go to Template > Edit HTML > Proceed.
  2. Make sure the  Expand Widget Templates check box is UNCHECKED.
  3. Find the following line in your HTML code:
    <b:widget id='Blog1' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'/>
  4. Change the ID from Blog1 to Blog2. It’s as easy as that. What this step does is removing the corrupt Blog Posts gadget (Blog1) and replacing it with a fresh new gadget (Blog2).
  5. Click SAVE TEMPLATE button to save.
  6. You will be asked whether to keep the widget or delete it. Choose delete by clicking the DELETE WIDGETS button.
  7. View your blog. The post gadget should by now revert to default template -fully functioning and free of any changes.

Now you can start tweaking the template again and re-adding the add-ons that were once in there. However, do remind yourself to be more careful this time around :)

40 comments to "How to reset corrupted Blogger Blog Posts template"

Ayush Chand January 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM    

Thanks guys! Can you tell us how to validate the blogger template? Mine has too many errors!

Mary January 19, 2011 at 7:45 AM    

Love the way you've written this .. "you finally did it!" etc. Very nice ;-)

Greenlava January 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM    

@Ayush Chand
Try this link: W3C Validating Blogger XHTML Template - Blog Validation Errors


gamerap January 21, 2011 at 11:56 PM    

Good job

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Greenlava January 26, 2011 at 2:49 AM    

I notice that...thank you. Any form of support is appreciated and welcomed :)

Samudra February 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM    

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Bung Deb's February 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM    

very good info, thanks for sharing it

Carole in the UK February 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM    

Yet another useful post which worked for me.

My comments link had suddenly vanished and I had spent so much wasted time on Google looking for help and voila I found it on your site.

God Bless. :)

mancai February 25, 2011 at 12:33 AM    

thanks for this trick...

penhitam March 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM    

its only work for blogspot user, right?

Greenlava March 5, 2011 at 9:20 PM    

Yes that's right, this is only applicable for Blogger/blogspot.

BirdGunBlog June 8, 2011 at 3:44 PM    

My "older/Newer posts" link is missing.
I attempted this choice, I also attepted "Revert back to default" and that didn't do it either.
I tried inserting the code that shows up on all the Tips/Tricks site and those didn't work either.
I am at a loss.
my site is
any ideas?

Greenlava June 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM    

Actually the blog pager is still there in your template, but it's hidden. To unhide, go to Design > Edit HTML, find and remove this CSS code:

#blog-pager {

Unknown August 5, 2011 at 6:12 AM    

I have been trying to fix this for like 3 months now, and yours is the ONLY suggestion that worked. I am so happy right now. :) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Caroline September 6, 2011 at 7:45 PM    

Thanks so much! Went looking everywhere for the answer and it worked! The post repeated itself, having a custom template can be very frustrating :P

Play cash bingo September 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM    

Major thanks for the article post. Will read on…

tatuaggi October 16, 2011 at 4:37 PM    

Templates are pretty awesome and well designed. Definitely like to work with them.

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Nice templates, I would surely like to use some of them in my next blogs and check the working of them.

Juan R. √Čvora October 28, 2011 at 4:36 AM    

This solution works ok in old version of blogger, if you work with draft, change of id crash when you save. You need to move to clasic mode and change this there.
Later you can return without any problem.
Thanks from

LMAMODELS November 9, 2011 at 6:46 AM    

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jhoveleen February 24, 2012 at 8:48 AM    

Your post made my day from being upside down because of the blogging problem I encountered 2 days ago. I became sleepless because my post was doubled and it so annoying reading my post in that problematic situation.

Thank you very very much for this blog post. Thumbs up!

PurpleRosy March 10, 2012 at 7:32 AM    

OMG I have spent all day so far trying to see what I did wrong when I changed my template. That was so easy - thank you SO MUCH!!

ohhpalo March 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM    

Thanks for your helpful info.
A little extra tidbit... I could only do it via the "Old Interface."

Anonymous,  April 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM    

Thank you very much. I was working to start a new blog because I could reset the blog to default layout. But this one did the job. Thank you ..

NakedSha June 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM    

Thank you very much. This was useful for me as I have a customized template.

Unknown August 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM    

I cannot change my number of post in my blog,i change it to 6,10 but it still showing 2 posts on my web page,Please help me out,i don't what should i do,???

Greenlava August 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM    

@Sahil khan
That's due to Blogger auto-pagination. It automatically limits the number of posts displayed on homepage depending on the posts' size. Bigger sizes mean fewer posts on homepage.
You can solve this by adding Blogger jump break to posts.

Anonymous,  September 5, 2012 at 4:15 AM    

Thanks its really help i done it with ease

The Idea King September 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM    

Thanks.... you saved my blog... love you!!!

Mina Menon October 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM    

thank u! It worked!!

Dragon-hunter95 October 11, 2012 at 2:43 AM    

Thank you it was very helpful for me... I thought that my blog is finished

Unknown October 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM    

thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

Aman Deep October 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM    

Thanks! you help me a lot

Lionel November 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM    

Thanks a just saved me from a big mess.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside February 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM    

I have been trying almost a year now to fix my comment reply. Others could reply in my comment section but I couldn't reply to them. By doing this tutorial, I was FINALLY able to fix it. Thank you so much!

Unknown June 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM    

salam bro...x menjadi la...comment link kat blog aku tetap x muncul...

trima kasih...

Greenlava June 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM    

@Noh Kodiang
For your particular problem please refer to Removing double (duplicate) blog posts in Blogger, case no.1.

Unknown June 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM    

well, it still didnt work.

the comment link still doesnt show up.

Greenlava June 15, 2013 at 2:28 AM    

@Noh Kodiang
Cuba check Settings > Posts and comments > Comment Location

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