Now this is exciting news! Blogger has just announced a new feature: the ability to create static pages and then display them in tabs at the top of your blog or in the sidebar! With this feature, Blogger now mimics one of the best features of blogs that use WordPress as their platform.
How To Create Blogger Pages
Using my personal genealogy blog, Destination: Austin Family, as an example, here is how to use the new Pages feature at Blogger:
- Log in at Blogger. Go to the Posting tab on your Dashboard.
- Click the Edit Pages link at the top.
- Click New Page and then begin creating your page. Enter a Page Title and then the content of the page. The Page dialog uses the same toolbar as the Posting dialog.
- Click Publish at the bottom of the screen. Next, choose the location for the new page. Your choices include the sidebar, in a tab below your blog’s masthead or a link that you can use for manual placement.
- Click Save and Publish. In the example below, I’ve opted to use the Tab feature.
- Click on the link in the tab and the new Page displays.
Genealogy Blog Uses For Blogger Pages?
Now that you know how to use the new Pages function, here are some ideas for using them (and remember you are limited to 10 pages!
- An About page that describes your blog and its purpose.
- A Surnames page listing all your surnames that you are researching.
- A Locations page listing all the areas in which your ancestors lived or where you are conducting research.
Are there any others you can think of? Leave your suggestions in the comments below to share them with your genealogy blogging colleagues!
The new Pages feature is one that will be very valuable in communicating with your blog readers.
Next: The Pages Gadget and configuring the Pages List.
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