Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Changing New Blogger settings

(Under editing)

When you start a blog, various default settings have already been set for you, and if you are happy with the default settings, you can continue to blog without bothering with the settings. I would advise changing at least some settings, so in this tutorial, we will learn about what settings are available and what and how to change them.

Basic Settings

When you are in a blog creating or editing post or in template editing mode, etc, you will see these tabs and sub-tabs at the top left of the page:
New Blogger tabs and sub-tabs
If you want to change any of the default settings, you click on the SETTINGS tab and by default, you will be in the BASIC sub-tab. In this sub-tab page, you can change your blog title which can be anything you like and do not need to be unique (this will not change your blog's URL. Also, if you value getting targetted traffic to your site, you should chose a title which has relevance to the content of your blog), write or edit the description of your blog that will appear in the Header of the blog, choose whether to add your blog to Blogger listings (default is "yes". It is best to leave it as "yes" unless you want privacy), choose whether to show quick editing icon New Blogger quick editing icon at the bottom of your posts when you are logged into Blogger. Default is "yes" and this will enable you to edit the post when viewing the post with just one click. This is a great convenience and I would advise to leave it as "yes". Some expressed irritation at seeing the pencil and screwdriver and spanner icons, but rest assure you will be the only person seeing them. Other visitors will not see them. You also have a choice of whether to show email post icon New Blogger email post icon which will enable your visitors to click and email that post to their friends. The default is "no". Some say that showing this icon will help your blog become better known as visitors email the post to their friends. If you are of the same opinion, you can elect to enable this by selecting "yes". Others may not want that option, preferring that people read their post on their blog instead, in which case they will set it to "no" (default).

All the above settings apply only to the particular blog you are on. The last setting is a global setting, that is, it will apply to all blogs in your account. That setting is whether to enable COMPOSE mode for all your blogs. If you select "yes" you will see these New Blogger Edit HTML and Compose tabs tabs at the top right-hand corner of the template editor. The COMPOSE mode is what is often referred to as WYSIWYG (what you see is what your get) mode, and in this mode, as you prepare your post, you will see the post as it will appear on the Web including photos displayed as photos rather as HTML. I personally prefer EDIT HTML mode, but if you are not familiar with HTML mode, by all means chose the COMPOSE mode. But I would encourage you to learn some HTML because that can help you a lot in your blogging tasks even if you only know a little bit of HTML. A good place to learn is W3schools. However, if you chose not to take the trouble, I think you will also be able to pick up some HTML as you read the posts in my blogs.

Some people post a lot of codes for special characters (like me) on their post, and for them, if they are not careful and switch to the COMPOSE mode, they will get their codes for special HTML characters converted to HTML tags and they will have to redo their post all over again to get it to display as how they want it. (If you don't understand what I am saying, it is OK because only very few bloggers will be concerned regarding this matter). For most people, it is best to enable COMPOSE mode especially if they are not familiar with HTML.

Setting for Publishing

If you click on the "Publishing" sub-tab, you will be able to change the URL (If you are not familiar with URL, refer to this post What is an URL and how do I get it? (click "BACK" button to return to this page)) of your blog if you wish (subject to availability) and also choose whether to ping blog update notification services whenever you publish a new post to let them knows the blog has been updated. The default is NO in my account. You can set it to YES, and Blogger will automatically ping the list of blog update notification services. Unfortunately, they don't tell us what services are being pinged even when I asked them. So I have set mine to NO and each time I make a new post, I will go to pingoat.com and do the pinging myself. Some also use pingomatic.com, but there seem to be less there and I prefer pingoat.com. More about pinging later.

Formattings

There are a lot of settings to be set in this sub-tab. The first is to choose the number of posts you want displayed on the main (home or index) page which can be according to the actual number of posts or the number of post in a specified number of days. The default is 7 posts displayed on the main page. You can change it to whatever you want, but if number of posts in a specified number of days is chosen, a maximum of 99 posts will be imposed. See screenshot:
Blogger display no of posts to be displayed on the main page option
Here you will also choose the Date Header Format (the way the Date Header of your post is displayed),
Blogger date header format
the Archive Index Date Format
Blogger Archive Index Date Format
and the Timestamp Format
Blogger timestamp format

You can also choose the Time Zone and the language your blog will be in. Other choices are whether to enable line breaks. If set to no, even when you press the Enter key in the post editor to start a new line, the next line will be displayed on the same line as the one above. So if you select "no", all your paragraphs will be squashed into one long paragraph. You should leave it as the default "yes".

You also chose whether to display the title Field or not. If set to "no" the title of your post will be the first line of your post. You should leave it as the default "yes" in which case, above the post editor will be displayed a box for you to type in the title of your post.
Blogger show title field. This will allow you to type your own post title and you should try to include relevant keywords in the post title for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

There will be a choice of whether to show link field or not. If you select yes, a box for the link field will be displayed as shown in the screenshot above, and you can enter the URL of the site that is connected to your post. You may also leave it blank. I normally leave it blank unless I have very good reason to link to another site. If you leave it blank, anyone who clicks on the post title will be taken to the individual post page (permalink) where you will see only that post on the page plus comments, and no other posts.

You will also select whether to Enable float alignment or not. You should leave it as "yes" unless you are having problems with post layout.

Finally at the bottom there is a Post Template box. Anything you enter into the Post Template box will always appear in the post editor window whenever you create a new post. This comes in handy when you want something always repeated in your post

Comments

In this sub-tab, you wil be given a choice of whether to show or hide comments (default is "show"), select who can comment - only registered Users (those who have a Blogger account), Anyone (anonymous) or only members of this blog (those you have invited to become an author and have accepted). Default is "only registered users". You can set this by clicking on SETTINGS > COMMENT, then in the "Who can comment?" section, use the drop-down menu to select your choice:
Blogger Settings: Comment
You can also choose whether new post have comments enabled or not, to show or hide backlinks (sites which have linked to your post), whether new post have backlinks, the Comments Timestamp Format, whether to show the comments in a pop-up window.

You can choose whether to enable comment moderation or not. If you enable comment moderation, a box will appear for you to enter the email address to which notification of new comments for you to publish or reject. If you leave this blank, the only way for you to moderate the comment is via the sub-tab Blogger moderate comment in the Dashboard. This will not be good because unlike moderating via email notification, you will not know which post the comment was made unless you remember to click the New Blogger moderating via Dashboard. Click POST NAME to show post title in which case you will be able to see part or all of the title of the post in which the comment is made. If you intend to respond to the comment, my advice is to type or copy-paste the post title in a Notepad file so you have a record. The moment you approve the comment, it will disappear from the Dashboard and if you can't remember the post title, you will have a really tough time to find the post to respond to the comment. This is the reason why I have chosen to moderate comment via email notification. You have a permanent record plus you have a link to the post through which you can get to very easily by cliking on the link. Plus if you accidentally rejected the comment or you want to edit it, you can remedy that. Refer to What you can do if you accidentally rejected comment or want to edit comment

You can also chose to enable word verification or not. This is to control comment spam, so that only human who enter the text they see in a graphic correctly will get their comment posted. It is good to enable word verification to cut down spam comments, but if you have chosen comment moderation, you may choose to disable this to make it easier for your visitors to make comments. This is what I do.

There will be a choice of whether to display the profile photo of commentators in the comments. The default is "yes".

Finally, there is a box for you to enter an email address for all comments to be sent to. This is useful if you want a backup of your blog comment by creating an email address specifically to receive new comments. You may also choose to leave it blank.

Archiving

Blogger Archive setting: Enable individual post page (permalink)In this sub-tab, you can set the archiving to monthly, weekly, daily, or even no archiving at all. Then there is a very important setting of whether to enable post pages or not. The highly recommended choice (the default) is "yes", in which case each post will have their individual post page URL (permalink). When this is enabled, each post will have its own page and URL and visitors who like that post can link to it using the individual post page URL (permalink).








Sitefeed

This sub-tab will give you the choice of having your sitefeed in full or short. If "full" is selected, then those who subscribe to the feed will receive your post in full. Some people prefer to set it to "short" in which case subscriber to the feed will only be given part of the post, and to read the rest of the post, they will have to visit your site.

There is also a window for you to type the feed footer (what appears at the bottom of the feed. For the few AdSense account holder who have the AdSense for Feeds or other third-party feed additions, they can paste their code in that window. For this to work, you must have enabled individual post page and set your sitefeed to "full".

eMail

In this sub-tab, you can enter a BlogSend Address (an email address to which new posts are emailed to whenever you publish a new post. This can serve as a backup of your blog as you will then have a full record of all your posts in that email Inbox. If you want to blog via email, you can also enter a secret email address to send your post by email without having to log into your Blogger account. This feature is useful if you plan to post-date your posts for them to be published in the future. See post How to prepare post to be published in the future (close new window/tab to return to this page).

Permissions

This is the final sub-tab, and in this, you can set the blog to let anyone (default), only certain people you choose, or only the authors of the blog to be able to view your blog. However, if you choose to limit the blogs to certain people, they first have to log in to be able to view your blog.

You can also invite people to become co-authors of your blog by providing the email addresses of those people you want to invite. If they accept the invitation, they will then be able to publish posts on your blogs. They wouldn't be able to change any settings or template unless you make them administrators of the blog.

22 comments:

definitely said...

This is fantastically helpful. Thank you. Is there any chance you would know why a (classic) Minima template in new blogger would create a 404 Error message when trying to use the >>HOME link?

Although I have customized quite a bit, it is the only flaw so far. Ideas?

(And Q2: Will all the customization be TRULY lost when I upgrade the template?) Many many thanks.

Peter Chen said...

Wished I can answer your question, but the truth is, although I had the choice of migrating my old classic Blogger account, I chosed to wait till the last minute, so I have no personal experience of migration. What I have done is created fresh a beta account and played with it, tested various things: Testing Blogger Beta and created a few more beta blogs like this one. It is likely problems like these I fear that cause me to pause.

Peter aka Enviroman
Enviroman Says

definitely said...

thank you for your response, peter. your site is fantastic! and i will keep coming back for more info!

all best wishes for a prosperous new year!

Janet McFadyen said...

Hi I posts mostly my art images and I want to write a small paragraph under each image and then...Please help me make a "for more on this subject click here" so a person doesn't need to go through my ramblings to get to my next image or posting . Thanks Janet

Peter Chen said...

You didn't complete your first question. But I am guessing you want links so that your visitors can click to to to "Newer Post", "Home", "Older Post". This is already provided for in the New Blogger, but only thing is, it is right at the bottom of the post, including comments, if any.

But if you want this exactly below your image, you will have to do it manually. See post How to have "Previous Post", "Next Post" links on your blog.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

ebs said...

My Adsense for feed doesn't work and i have the settings correct... why? anyone knows?

Peter Chen said...

You are using AdSense for feed? Consider yourself lucky. AdSense for feed is not for everyone. Got this message from AdSense Help:
"Please be aware that our beta test of AdSense for feeds is full and we are not accepting applications at this time. If you're interested in participating in AdSense for feeds in the future, please check back here for updates."

If you are having problems, the people to ask are the AdSense Support. See How to contact AdSense Support.

Peter a.k.a. enviroman
Enviroman Says

Sylvie Shaw said...

Hi Peter, I tried Blogger help group and read others with a smilar problem. I want to have short feeds. So I change the settings to short, on PC and Mac, different computers and times, it says it's Saved on all occasions. But it still only displays FULL posts. Can you please help. The blog is http://rivercityandsenseofplace.blogspot.com
Sylvie thankyou.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Sylvie,

Looks like you already tried to catch Blogger Employee and others attention regarding this problem but got no solution. Problem like this I cannot solve or even try to figure out the causes. You should try Blogger support. Refer to
How to contact Blogger support
Problem in signing into Blogger, cannot see blog in Dashboard, etc..

The only other thing I can do for you is to bring this problem to a private group and see if anyone has a solution or has some insight to offer.

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Blogger Tips and Tricks

Sylvie Shaw said...

Dear Peter,

Thank you for trying. Much appreciated and for taking the time to reply. I am sure you are heaps busy. I have tried to change the look of the blog to short several times, and on PC and Mac, and different days and times. So whatever the problem must be sourced elsewhere not here. Thanks so much again for your care and ime, Sylvie

Peter Chen said...

Hi Sylvie,

Sorry I couldn't provide much help. Did you try to contact Blogger Support?

Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
Generating Revenue from your Website

Won said...

Thank you Peter for the Help! Have feedburner installed now!

Won
http://wonpreachersthoughts.blogspot.com

Aggie said...

Hi, do you know how to delete a comment after it's already published. Someone left me comment on my blog, but after you click on it, it sais your computer got some virus....please help...I don't want to mess up my visitors computers..thank you

Peter said...

Hi Aggie,

You need to elaborate more. See What to do when asking for help.

Actually, deleting a comment is very easy, as described in How to delete a comment and How to delete a comment Part 2.

But your problem seem more complicated and it is better you try to described it with as much information as you can such as what you did before the problem occured, step-by-step.

Peter Blog*Star
Blogger Dough
(Blogging helped my put 2 sons through college on my pension and if not for blogging, I would have been in financial difficulties. We want to help you do the same)

luthien said...

Dear Peter
i am fortunate enough to come across your blog. I am delighted with the wealth of information there is here. I have been using blog sites for a couple of years just to put my photos in. Now I want to start a blog on my passion.. something to do with craft and would like to try my luck with adsense. :))) Thank you so much for sharing so many things. Wish me luck... I hope to put my baby to college with my blog...just like you :))))) Thanks again.

Elisi said...

All of my paragraph spaces disapeared, and i don't know how to get them back, I've tried to put the spaces in when I write, but they don't come out on post. Do you know what I can do? don't know how to use HTML but it use to work with out it....
thank you for any help.
Elisi
The Seekers Path

Peter said...

Hi Elisi,

I have experienced getting my blog settings changed without me doing anything but not losing paragraphs. However, I have seen Blogger messing up my formatting when I toggle between the post editor Compose mode and the Edit HTML mode. See Compose mode mess up my formating.

The remedy I can suggest to you is to surround your paragraphs with <p> and </p>, that is, put <p> at the beginning of a paragraph and </p> at the end of a paragraph.

QuesoJoe said...

Hi!

I'm having trouble with enabling post pages and permalinks. I've set the "Enable Post Pages" to Yes but the post titles are still not clickable. The timestamp link does work, so I'm out of ideas. I've read everything, but this seems buggy. Any ideas what could be wrong?

Karl Straub said...

i have followed the directions blogger gives for changing the time zone setting, and the dropdown doesn't seem to have my time zone. am i missing something? my time zone is washington dc, edt i believe.

thanks,
karl

Clemsongirl said...

thnx alot! ;) i will keep coming back if i need more info!

Sally said...

Ever since I set up my blog my second oldest post comes up first; the most- recent-post-up-top default doesn't seem to be working. Any thoughts on what to do for that?

Now that the new templates and design features are in place, I am having to learn this stuff all over again. Not a happy camper! I can't find a thing (like where to delete my profile picture), much less where to change things so my newest post appears when I open my blog.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Peter @ Enviroman said...

Sally, check the drop-down menu at the top right of the page, the one with your profile photo, and click PROFILE