Monday, April 25, 2011

Removing the attribtion gadget by unlocking and then removing it.

This article documents removing the attribution gadget from Blogger by unlocking and then removing the gadget.  This method no longer works (last tested 20 Sept 2010 - the gadget is automatically re-added to the blog's footer section), but the technique may be useful in future.   

See the main article (removing the attribution gadget from blogs with Designer templates) for the most recent information about techniques that do work and for background information about the topic

WARNING:

I have not checked the Blogger Terms and Conditions to find out whether you are allowed to remove the Attribution.   Even if they don't mention it today, a requirement to keep the statement could be added tomorrow.   This advice does not mean that I, or Google/Blogger, are saying that you should/can/may/must remove the attribution statement.


Note:  the following instructions relate to the pre-Sept 2011 Blogger interface.   They will not be updated, because this method (generally) does not work.

How to remove the Attribution Gadget by unlocking and then removing it.



1  Go to Design > Edit HTML.

2  Take a backup:
Download a copy of your template:  this is a backup - save it somewhere safe, in case things go wrong.

Find this section in the template:
<!-- outside of the include in order to lock Attribution widget
      <b:section class='foot' id='footer-3' showaddelement='no'>
<b:widget id='Attribution1' locked='true' title='' type='Attribution'/>
</b:section> -->
The simplest way to locate it is to use your browser's search function (Edit > Find in Firefox, similar commands in other tools), and look for "lock Attrib".


4  Change
locked = 'true' 
to
locked = 'false'

Preview the template change, to check that everything else is ok.  If not, fix the problem.  (The attribution will still be showing at this stage.)

6  Click Save Template


7  From the Design > Page Elements tab, edit the attribution gadget.  It will now have a Remove button on the left hand side.  Click this, to remove the gadget from your blog.

8  If you want to, add an an alternative attribution notice.



Related Articles: 



Removing the attribution gadget from blogs with Designer templates (current approach)

Giving your blog a credits statement

Types of templates in Blogger.

Template Designer now live in Blogger.

How the data in your Blogger blog is organised

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22 comments:

  1. this no longer works. yes you can still unlock attr. gadget (and move it) but after removing from contents all together blogger.com returns an error when saving the blog.

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  2. Indeed: all these methods are something of a cat-and-mouse game, things work for a while, and then don't as something else changes. See http://blogger-hints-and-tips.blogspot.com/2010/04/removing-attribution-gadget-from.html for the latest I know about what does/doesn't work.

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  3. Everything worked fine and the attribution gadget was removed from the Design>Page Elements Tab, but as soon as you click 'view blog' it automatically reappears. Bugger!!

    Now I'll have to search for another solution

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  4. Sorry Jo, you must have missed the bit at the top which says:

    "This method no longer works (last tested 20 Sept 2010 - the gadget is automatically re-added to the blog's footer section), but the technique may be useful in future.

    See the main article about removing the attribution gadget from blogs with Designer templates for background information about the topic, and for the most recent information about techniques that work."

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  5. thanks,looking for this tutorial

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  6. thank you, it worked.
    I have a question. Does anyone know how to remove Newer Post, Home and Older Post button in footer of the blog? Thank you

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  7. Wow, thanks. That attribution makes the blog look so novice. Anyway, people who want to see it can just view the page source ;)

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  8. I don't know what I would do without you, maryc. I have just repaired another problem--with your help. Thanks again!

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  9. Glad to help Carol. Luckily there are lots of people writing "how to" tips for Blogger, having a big community like this is part of what makes it a great tool to use.

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  10. Managed to get rid of the attribution! Thanks!

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  11. just tried it now and it worked. thank you very much it helped a lot.

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that this worked for me just today. I began by modifying my template default attributes (designer, date, template name), per your related post. This in itself did not allow the removal of the attribution code alone. By unlocking the attribution code as above I was then able to delete the attribution widget from within the layout design screen. Success! Hope this helpful to others also :)

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  13. Glad to hear you found an option that works for you: it's been a real cat-and-mouse game, thinking up new ways around it, and wondering how long it will be before Blogger codes around them. So far so good though.

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  14. This worked for me today, 1/26/2012. Maybe it works for some and not others? Good luck

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