First of all, thanks to everyone who participated in the “What Blog Template Should I Make Next” contest! The list of submissions was nicely selected and as expected, several of the submissions were magazine-style templates which is the latest trend in blog templates.
The bad news is at this point magazine-style themes are really hard to convert into an acceptable working fashion. This is primarily due to the fact of Bloggers’ limited template tags and not being able to create a static home page. I have seen a couple attempts of sites trying to convert magazine-style themes but the results haven’t been too good.
With that being said, I think it’s in the best interest of everyone if eBlog Templates converts a template that will work as designed and will also be popular for other Blogspot bloggers.
Here’s a summary of the templates submitted (excluding templates that are copyrighted, already converted, or only available for purchase). The list is ordered by date submitted.
Thanks to Andre, Javi, Keite, and SMSReports for the 6 great submissions! I really like them all but unfortunately we need to eliminate 4 based on the entry requirements listed above. The Visionary, Mimbo, and Branford magazine-style themes will not convert over to Blogger well (if at all) and the Mag Style template by JackBook has already been converted.
That leaves us with two finalists: LightBreaker and Massive News. Congrats to Javi and Andre for making the finals!
Now comes the part where we leave it to the eBlog Templates visitors to vote on the winner. The poll below will be left up until the end of April at which time the winner will be announced. Then I will convert the winning template and include a footer link (of the winners choice) and release it on eBlog Templates!
If you aren’t familiar with SEO (search engine optimization) just the fact of having a viral footer link back to your site will substantially help your site rank better. Essentially whoever downloads and installs the template will have a link back to the winners site!
Update: The contest is over the winner has been announced. See the results here.