Thursday, May 5, 2011

Posts, Pages and navigating inside your blog

This article explains Posts, Pages, and some ways that they can be used to help people move around inside your blog.

Since Google introduced the new Pages feature, there has been a lot of confusion about Posts, Pages, Sub-pages, and how to categorise things.

This isn't helped by a lot of Blogger's own documentation, written before the Pages feature was introduced, which used the term "pages" to refer to a collection of Posts.

This article explains the difference, and looks at when each type of item should be used.

Pages vs Posts

A Post is the basic unit of information that you publish in Blogger.  Each post has a post-date, and this date is often the main tool for organising the information in your blog.

On the surface, a Page is similar to a Post.  But really, they are quite different, and should be used for different things.

Pages are meant for static content that doesn't change often.  This is content that supports your main content, which is in your posts.   Because of this, Pages:
  • Could not previously be set as your home page (although there is a way around this now)
  • Cannot be navigated to from the Newer/Older posts links
  • Don't have labels - so cannot be navigated to from the Labels gadget
  • Are not included in RSS feeds
  • Are not included when you export your blog contents,

Navigating around a Blog

When the Pages gadget is displayed as a horizontal bar, it looks like a menu bar.

This makes many people think that Pages are the main way of navigating around a Blog.  This wasn't true, initially, but recent changes to the Pages gadget have made it more helpful.   That said it's not the only - or the best- way to let your users navigate.

Other tools that Blogger provides for navigating around a blog are:
  • The Labels gadget (to list posts by category) - you can use it to make it seem like you have put your posts into "pages"
  • The Archives gadget (to go directly to a post by date)
  • The Newer/Older posts links (to go through the blog one screen at a time)
The Linked List gadget can also be used for navigation, provided you set it up with links to Posts in your blog.  

And you can put links between individual Posts using regular hyperlinks (select the text, cick the Link item in the toolbar, put in the URL of the post that you are linking to).

The Pages gadget is not intended for navigating through most of the contents your blog - it is only useful for getting directly to reference information that isn't stored in the same sequence that your main blog contents are.

Related Articles

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Why Blogger's "static" pages are more trouble than they're worth

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Putting your posts into "pages"

Jump Breaks and Posts

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  1. Thanks very much, I will give this a try.

  2. can u suggest me any solution to arrange my links in the posts in alphabetial order

  3. In the Labels gadget, the label-names are displayed in alphabetical order.

    Why don't you try explaining what you want in the Blogger Help Forum ( hopefully someone there can help.

  4. Thanks, Mary. And thanks for addressing my question in the Blogger forum.


    - JC

  5. good explanation but it doesnt help. it would be great if "each additional page" could hold multiple posts, just like the main. i was actually thinking to keep my blog instead of a web, but this is a HUGE minus! .... maybe work on that.... ?

  6. HI Please help me.........

    i have some posts that i need to display only on page not on home page.
    i have find the solution but it also come on home page. i have do this making the labels. it come on page but also come on inner page. please give me solutions i am trying this since 3week but not find any solutions.