Add a new instagram widget

The previous widget used in the themes will no longer work. You can generate a new widget from You'll have to register, but generating a widget is free.

Follow By Email (Subscribe) Widget

As Blogger will discontinue the "Follow By Email" widget on July 11, 2021, you should download your subscriber contacts and look into using another newsletter service (MailChimp, Flodesk, etc). You can get in touch by email ( if you'd like me to switch the sign up forms for you and customize the new one.

Add a Cover Photo or Use Slider

Add Cover Photo

1. Go to Layout -> open the "Cover Photo" widget.
2. Upload an image (it has to be big, at least 1200px wide, since it will be stretched to the full width of the page).
3. Add a title to the Title field.
4. Add a caption to the Caption field.
5. You can add a link to the Link field, but it's optional.

Add Slider

If you'd like to replace the cover photo with a slider, do this:
1. Go to Layout -> click on "add a gadget" from one of the Home sections.
2. Find the "HTML/JavaScript" widget -> open it and paste this code inside: <script type="text/javascript">
var numposts = 4;
var displaymore = false;
var showpostdate = true;
var showpostsummary = false;
var numchars = 1;
<script type="text/javascript" src="/feeds/posts/default/?published&alt=json-in-script&callback=autoslide"></script>
The slider will automatically display your most recent posts. If you want to display featured posts, do this:
1. Replace this part of the code: <script type="text/javascript" src="/feeds/posts/default/?published&alt=json-in-script&callback=autoslide"></script> 3. With this: <script type="text/javascript" src="/feeds/posts/default/-/Featured?published&alt=json-in-script&callback=autoslide"></script> 4. Change the word Featured that's selected in the screenshot below with the label you want to display posts from:

5. Click on "Save".