When Blogger’s redesign launched earlier this month, it was all about the looks; there was no announcement about new features. It seems that, buried under the new interface, some useful new tools have been added anyway, specifically a method for adding any web address to the ‘Pages’ widget. It’s a great and easy way to point to your Google+ profile for example, or to feature some of your labels on the front page. I shared a work-around for this sometime last year and it has proven my most popular article to date, both in terms of comments and of views, so there is clearly a need for it among Blogger users. The procedure is simple enough:
- Log into Blogger in Draft;
- On the left sidebar click ‘Pages’, then in the ‘New page’ menu choose ‘Web address’;
- Type in a name for the new page and the address below;
- Click ‘Save arrangement’ and you’re done!
This solution solves the downside of my work-around of not being able to reorder the pages you added this way. Not to mention manually editing your template is usually frowned upon by the Blogger engineers, because it could cause conflicts with future template updates. The only problem I saw so far is that, if you delete the ‘Pages’ widget and later re-add it (to reset any previous changes you made to the HTML code), these manually added web addresses are deleted and you have to input them again. Another good news is that I couldn’t find any limit to the number of links you can add here – as far as I now, Blogger pages should be limited to 10, but after adding 10 web addresses in addition to the pages I already created I received no error.
Personally I am not very fond of the new redesign and I
might write an article about the things that keep me from using it on a regular basis, but it’s worth temporarily switching to it for the small benefits it brings.