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February 02, 2010 /

As many of you may now realize, I've been on a somewhat lengthy hiatus...

Unfortunately in my absence, one of my websites used for hosting older templates and related images has disappeared! This means that many of you currently using these templates now find them unusable, or downright ugly.



Luckily, I've managed to find an old backup CD which includes most of these templates and I'm now in the process of updating them.

Unfortunately, the backup CDs are mostly corrupted. I'm unable to access the images used for these files in order to update the templates.

The templates affected by this issue are:

  • Sunset
  • Girly Web 2.0
  • Magical - Now updated - see below
  • Sweet Dreams (all versions)
If by any chance any Blogger Buster readers still have the original Zip files or images (and would be willing to send these over) please do get in touch!

I'm truly truly sorry for those affected by this problem and will endeavor to do all I can to retrieve and update these older templates wherever possible.


I'll update this post regularly with details of any templates I am able to update with links to the updated files. Please let me know if you're experiencing issues with a template not listed here so I can attempt to resolve all problems as soon as possible

UPDATED FILES

2/2/2010 - Butterfly Template is now updated:

  • Images now hosted on Picasa
  • Template updated to support Blogger's latest features, including comment avatars and post pages
Download updated Butterfly template from Google Code

3/2/2010 - Magical Template is now updated:

  • Images now hosted on Picasa
  • Template updated to support Blogger's latest features
Download updated Magical template from Google Code

3/2/2010 - Sunset Template is now updated

  • Images now hosted on Picasa
  • Template updated to support Blogger's latest features

Thanks to Switcher for sending over the original Zip files for the Magical and Sunset templates =]


Image credit: Alex E. Proimos, via Flickr

Author: Amanda Kennedy

Amanda is a professional blogger and web designer living in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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105 comments:

  1. With all due respect. :)

    This is the very same reason I wrote this blog post, about how & why each individual blogger should host their own Blogger/Blogspot related files themselves.

    Once you learn how to host the first file, the rest are very easy to host, & all for free.

    http://soswitcher.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogger-host-javascript-file-for-free.html

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  2. Another reason why creating once own template is a great idea!!! I'm sorry to say this when you are desperate for someone to say "I have the files". :D

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  3. @Switcher - I do agree, and almost always include image files in the Zip for download. More recently I've been uploading images to Picasa so there is no real issue regarding hosting. These are some of my oldest templates - and I do feel terrible that losing these images means some readers can't now use their templates.

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  4. It should be, to upload images to a file hosting itself. So that the above events did not happen ...

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  5. tHAT SUKS. gLAD TO SEE YOU GOT IT ALL WORKED OUT.

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  6. Welcome back Amanda, we really miss ....
    Sorry can't help for this :-(

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  7. @Amanda

    I found the "Sunset Template" (complete zip file)

    ***********************************
    Blogger Template Style
    Name: Sunset
    Designer: Amanda @ Blogger Buster
    URL: www.bloggerbuster.com
    Date: 20 July 2007
    ***********************************

    I'll use the contact page at the top of this blog, & send you my email info.

    Email me, & I'll reply with the .zip file attached.

    Hope this helps, :)

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  8. Switcher, that's wonderful news! I've just replied to your email - thank you so much!!

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  9. I also have:

    ****************************************
    Blogger Template Style
    Name: Girly Web 2.0
    Designer: Amanda
    URL: www.bloggerbuster.com
    Date: 14 Oct 2007
    ****************************************

    The .zip only includes the .xml file

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  10. @Amanda

    I hope the .zip file I sent to your email are the correct files.

    I'm sending a 2nd email that includes the complete "Magical" template (as far as I can tell). :)

    ***********************************
    Blogger Template Style
    Name: Magical
    Designer: Amanda @ Blogger Buster
    URL: www.bloggerbuster.com
    Date: 21 Aug 2007
    ***********************************

    Hope this is helping...

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  11. Hi, I use the magical template. Before it disappeared, I transferred all the images to my Photobucket. I still have the .zip file in my computer if I can be of any assistance, I would be happy to help.

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  12. @Switcher - Thank you so much! I received the files and have now updated the templates/download links. You've been so helpful =]

    @Options Mom - Much appreciated, though Switcher already sent me the files. Thank you for the offer though - I'm so happy to know readers have been willing to help me with these problems =]

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  13. @Amanda

    I couldn't find anything related to the "Sweet Dreams" template.

    Maybe someone else will have the .zip file saved?

    The 3 .zip files I sent you, I found on the same server that your links from this blog are pointed to, listed under other url's. It's possible the last template is still hosted on that server, I just couldn't find it.

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  14. Lovely. I liked it. Plz do visit me and leave your comment on GooTAR Blog

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  15. Hi Amanda,
    Actually,Google had prompted messages on blogger home pages that the images in the templates will be transfered to another server. We were provided links to update it. I updated it and now my images are safe.

    I ll research and let u know if I can find some help on this.

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  16. Amanda, I'm sorry for your aggravation. I hope it all works out without requiring too much extra work from you, although I know that's a tall order.

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  17. @Swathi,

    I think that only included anything that was hosted on googlepages.com

    Google was trying to move everything to sites.google.com

    I had the notice in my Blogger home page, a few days ago.

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  18. I am glad to see you back Amanda.

    I did keep sending emails but I never heard anything back and because there was no recent posts on your blog I thought maybe something had happened to you

    I transferred all no actually Most of my widgets to this new template I have ( I actually forgot a few)

    I don't particularly like the template I now have its not very friendly.

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  19. Welcome back Amanda,

    I posted this same issue over on your forum for Tic Tac 3-Column (Blue):

    The template has "collapsed" on my site StimulatingBroadband.com. One Blogger veteran told me it had become "corrupted."

    I see the same thing has happened on the demo version here mon your site. Is there anything I can do? Or can you reload it from your end?

    Thanks for all of your great work.

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  20. Hi Amanda,

    I have the sweet dreams 3 col zip file. If you still need it, I'll be happy to send it to you.

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  21. Amanda,

    I know this has been a challenging time for you, with the crash of your templates.

    It has been difficult for all of us supporting sites with templates that fully disappeared. However, it would be good if you could spend at least some time answering our questions and posts on here, and our email.

    Over the last few days, for example, I emailed to you a template that I had found with at least partial functions. I haven't heard back from you in any venue as to if this could be a solution for those of us who lost a particular tmeplate.

    We can't work through these tehcnical problems without your support. Thanks.

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  22. Any chance of reupload the Red/Silver template?

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  23. Wow, so odd to see a few people being so demanding of FREE templates.

    I hope all is well Amanda, we've missed you!

    Meanwhile, switcher...any chance you can send that Girly Web 2.0 template my way? :)

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  24. Hi, Amanda. Is this also the case of your scripts? I'd been using your recent comments script for FTP publishers and it's not working in my site now. Please help...

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  25. Hi Amanda,

    Glad to see you back - I've looked at quite a few Blogger support sites and always come back to you. Your hacks usually work the first time and you are a great teacher. If you answered questions in the comments so I could learn by reading your answers to others and be able to solve my problems without needing help then this would be the perfect Blogger blog! But I love it and will take it anyway I can!

    I thought you had stopped this blog. I'm wondering if this problem is affecting your hack for creating drop down menus for labels? I suddenly lost my drop down menu, and the code section in that post here has gone from an Adobe error message to being parked on by GoDaddy.

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  26. i don't know if my problem is anyway related to this post. i use the girl web template and for some reason the header is not working properly. can you check please and let me know what i can do to fix it. thanks so much.

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  27. I hope everything will be fine.

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  28. It was nice reading this.

    i have reviewd it all here

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  29. I do think I have sunset and Sweet dreams. I'll check my files and let you know.

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  30. Hi Amanda
    Greetings! Help Template Disappeared! Part of my Tac-Tac blue 3 col is missing and just wonder anything that I can do to fix it please? tQ

    BananazPeople

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  31. Hello and thanks for the update,
    alas my rolling tag c;loud for blog pages is now nonfunctional.....
    hoping repair is possible :)

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  32. blogumulus widget also not working properly not on my page but some of my friend. Please check on this! tq

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  33. Hi Amanda - I was using your calendar widget, but I notice this stopped working, did the javascript file disappear too?
    Thanks (and sorry for the issues you have had)

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  34. Hi Amanda - I hope I'm in the right place.

    I had used the spinning word cloud HTML for labels for my blog and that's now kaput with a link to you and RoyTanck in it's place.

    I'm not sure if this is connected but would you (or someone else) have the code again for this please.

    Thanks.

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  35. so..blogumulus doesn't work anymore huh..

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  36. hey perfectly designed your blog and helped me al lot.
    Thanks

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  37. is there any chance blogumus will be working again?

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  38. is this why "blogumus" stopped working too?

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  39. Hi I am currently using Tic Tac 3-Column (Blue): but some parts of the template are missing. Is there any way I can reload them? tQ

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    Thank you
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