XHTML To HTML: Blogger Template Conversion

XHTML to HTML Blogger templatesI already shared how a dynamic XHTML BlogSpot template could be converted into a blank Static HTML Template, but what if you needed to keep the same design of your blog and only remove the Dynamic objects like widgets. This could easily be achieved by carefully converting the XHTML format of code structure to Basic HTML 4.0 File. This will enable you to even embed or add a PHP or ASP.net code inside the Cloned BlogSpot design in HTML format. A live example is our Contact page with a PHP contact Form. It is not possible to add PHP inside blogger templates because no direct access to web hosting ftp account is available so far. When you visit our contact page, you will feel like you are still in BlogSpot template environment but in reality its only a Cloned HTML design of the original template. The steps today are interesting and fun to try. Make sure you have a webhosting to try today's tutorial. We are using hostgator as our blog web host to host all our files and resources.

This is our new series and would be fun sharing all the new development tips.

Part1: XHTML To HTML: Blogger Template Conversion
Part2: In Progress...

Purpose of This Tutorial

Purpose: XHTML is composed of XML and HTML 4. In this series we will learn to remove the XML portion of code and leave HTML 4 alone. Thus we will be able to create a static HTML Clone of a blogger template.

Download and Study your Template

  1. Go To Blogger > Templates
  2. click Backup/restore
  3. Download your template
  4. Right click the downloaded xml file and choose "Open with > wordPad"

Study the template:

Every webpage has the following concrete HTML structure. Only the DOCTYPE element would differ in different platforms.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">








A webpage consist of 4 important sections

  1. The DOCTYPE defines the type and version of web language being used in the page. In Blogger & also wordpress the type is defined as XHTML and version as 1.0. The only difference is that wordpress uses transitional XHTML while Blogger uses the strict unforgivable version.

    Blogger doctype looks like this. You will find it at the top of your downloaded file.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

    The bolded part is the declaration for XML so that custom tags created using xml could be identified by the compiler. You wont find the bolded part in Wordpress blogs instead you will find the PHP opening tags.

  2. The html tag enclosed both the head and body tags
  3. The head tag is where you add all your stylesheets (CSS) , scripts (JavaScript, jquery etc.) and meta tags (for SEO & platform compatibility purposes). Code inside head tags are visible to browsers only and not visible on webpage to visitors.
  4. The body tag contains your main content. This is the area where you add your Blog header, navigation, post section, sidebars and footer. Code inside body tag is visible on webpage. Any thing you add here will appear on your site and visitors will be able to see it.

Now if you open the downloaded XML file you will observe that the template has the same core HTML structure as we discussed above. Press CTRL + F to find the tags.

All you need to do now is to  identify the dynamic code sections and remove them from the template leaving behind static objects along with their related stylesheets and scripts. For that stay tuned for part2!

The Browser Wars

The day Netscape introduced their custom HTML tags which only their browser could interpret, started an ever growing war between browser companies like IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari and opera. Designers were finding it difficult to create a code that was compatible with all browsers, thus W3C stepped in and introduced XML. XML was used to write other web languages and was a common standard for all browsers. Since most pages were already coded in HTML using tags that no more are supported by modern browsers today, XML was use to create advanced HTML called XHTML. Since then XHTML has remained the standard to create fancy and colorful webpages. The same language is use to code Blogger and Wordpress platforms.

To understand what is the basic difference between XML, HTML and XHTML, I would highly recommend that you read the great article written by hubpages folks.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions related to the code format above or a similar questions, please post your queries in the comment box below. In our coming tutorials we will be diving deep to explore the exciting combination of  webhosting with Blogger hosted blogs. Peace and blessings buddies. :)

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  1. Just returning to be the first to comment.

    Just rock us Mohammed.

  2. This post series is going to be one of the most effective series for all the newbies I guess. Every blog designer should know how the template actually been made . Hope you rock it. :)

  3. Nice Work ! Mustafa bhai is back with a bang !! :D
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  4. WOW bro, this series will be very useful to new bloggers for designing blogger templates.

  5. thanks for a great information..

    Akhil Abraham
    Blog:All Blogging Tools.com

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  7. Hi

    In your post you mentioned Blogger uses the strict unforgivable version. But In my blogger template showing transitional DOCTYPE. Is there any problem for using transitional DOCTYPE in blogger template ?

  8. very useful post bt my ques is different.
    sorry for that

    my blog is Widget Generators

    I'm using MBT template bt m not able to see OR add Read More Buttons in it.

    plzzzz help me.


  9. This information is really great man..
    Keep it up.

  10. Now MBT is following previous path of interesting posts.Another great post after static html page for all bloggers. Waiting for next post of this series.

  11. This is another wao, this will help a lot, I have been battling with these differences in html and xhtml this days, can't wait for part 2 to be released. Weldone Mohammad. <3

  12. very useful information, but plz write an article on how to convert wordpress themes to blogger templates. it will be interesting.

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  13. Awesome Post .


  14. Mustafa yr i want to add credit footer like urs help me buddy.

  15. Could you give me a little explanation about the diffrence between XHTML and HTML? What is the advantage of HTML?

  16. @Elena MinovaXHTML is a family of XML markup languages that mirror or extend versions of the widely used Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the language in which web pages are written.

  17. Assalam-O-Alekum Mustafa bhai, Just a suggestion Why you are not opening a Third Blog WordPress Tricks and Tips really need help in WP :( Now Stucked in how to implement AdSense Code in WP.... Waiting for your reply!

  18. Woah 20 Comments i thought to be the 1st one. OH! Yes, This article is posted by our Mustufa Bro so you can expect some extra Attention.

    Wow Dude perfect time and perfect tutorial, I Think lots of People that are not made to code would surly take some benefits from it.

    Bro, Why don't you reshape MBT :) The Theme is bit OLD and we have more powerful SCRIPTS and CSS. May be a Bit Final Touch is Required (IT ONLY MY Though)...Peace

  19. Assalam u Alaikum Brother,
    I was looking for subscription widget. I found “MBT” which is fully equipped with the nice lab, demo, and clear instructions and you just do not keep your readers engage but truly giving them genuine posts.

    Mashallah, you are doing a good deeds, I've browsed and used some of your widgets and its working fine.

    Rashida Shaikh

  20. Aslam-0-Alykam

    Plz help me frndx..
    i registerd a new domain for my blog... but when i aplying to my blog after all DNS cname recods setting....its not working giving me this error

    You're about to be redirected

    The blog that used to be here is now at http://www.awaargi.com/.
    Do you wish to be redirected?

    This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has not been checked for spam, viruses and other forms of malware.

    yes No

    and when i hit yes

    Oops! Google Chrome could not find www.awaargi.com

    this happend

    what i do..???

  21. Thanks For Sharing This Post. I need it

    Rahul Kashyap
    Blog: SDMMovies.com

  22. Thanks for this Awesome Post..
    i really needed it..
    i like many blogger templates but i could'nt use it without Blogger..
    but this This guide i will be able to.. thanks!
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  23. wow,this is very nice tutorial and i read this tutorial very nice feeling.thank you so much.
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  24. Hello, as a new blogger, I have a nice feeling to read this post. I had a problem just now. My blogger template has been deleted accidentally but forgot to save the template. I have accessed the recently cached code. When I copy and paste the same it shows errors. Please help, I am novice in blogging. Applied for adsense, please reply urgently!

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  26. Still waiting for next posts of this series.

  27. But when will the other posts in tis series come back.

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