Saturday, August 6, 2011

Blogging Tip...How to Add Pages or Tabs to the Top of Your Blog

Hi everyone. I have started to update all my older blogging tip posts to show pictures with the new blogger dashboard...

Today's feature is how to add pages to the top of your blog. Pages are stand alone posts that you can feature certain things. You can add...
  • FAQ...frequently asked questions
  • an about me page
  • contact info
  • family info
  • what your blog is about
  • sewing tutorials
  • cooking
  • advertising
  • so many other ideas too!!

Page features...
  • Pages are permanent, static and are always there, unlike a blog post that is incorporated within in your blog and are found by the date of the post...in chronological order.
  • you may want to have a page about something important, so visitors won't have to search your blog for that post
  • The "Home" button brings you back to the most current blog post. The "Home" button just appears when you add the page gadget
  • you write your pages just like a blog post
  • edit and change them as much as you'd like

If you haven't noticed Pages before...here's what my Pages look like under my Title. Little gray tabs of specific info.






Let's get started...
  • first, go to your dashboard and click LAYOUT



Click ADD GADGET...



Scroll through the pop up screen and find PAGES and ADD them...




Now from your dashboard again click PAGES (or from the left side of the layout page, there is also the PAGES section)


This is what mine looks like, because I already have PAGES added.


Click NEW PAGE and the choices are BLANK PAGE or WEB ADDRESS



Once you have added pages, click the drop down box for where you want your pages to show...top of blog (like mine) or side bar.



Click on EDIT in each page to write or edit.



This is what my ABOUT ME page looks like when I edit it or change it. It's like a regular post.


See the gear on the far right for OPTIONS? Click on that for options on THAT PAGE.


Here are the settings for my pages, but you can change yours as you'd like.


Now PART 2 OF PAGES...fonts, colors, separator lines etc...


Go to dashboard and click TEMPLATE...


Under the picture of your blog, click CUSTOMIZE (circled in red)


On the left side, go to ADVANCED.


PAGES are Called TABS in this design feature.

Here you can change the font style and text color and selected color (explained below)



TABS BACKGROUND lets you change the color around each tab or page title. I've chosen TRANSPARENT, so there isn't any color at all except my "Selected" color is gray


Here is a close up of the color choices.

SELECTED COLOR means if your readers scroll over a page title that color will appear as the "selected" color.

Scroll over mine and you'll see what I mean...mine are gray.



Have fun with your pages!! Hope this helps!

Take care,
~Karen~

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55 comments:

  1. Oh Thank you so much for this! I have been wanting to do this for along time and read up and its all becomes a mess in my head lol.. You explained it very well!!

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  2. Thanks so much for explaining this Karen, I've been trying to figure this out for sometime and was beginning to think I had a "scrambled" brain, LOL.

    Gail :)

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  3. Thanks you so much! I've been messing around with this and trying to figure it out. Love the tips!

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  4. OOOOOO....I hope to be able to sit and do this sometime soon. You did a good job of explaining it! THANKS!!!

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  5. Don't ask me how I found you - but I'm so glad I did. You have a delightful blog that's full of wonderful information. Thanks for being here!

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  6. Karen....this was so great! I was just thinking about those pages, and didn't have any time to figure it out.....cuz there really is NOTHING that is self-explanatory about blogging.....and I hate messing with stuff I don't know anything about! Once again.....you rock! :o)

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  7. Karen, thanks for the blog lesson. I've been wanting to do this. I do have a question, though. Is there a way to make new posts show up on a certain page? For instance, if you write a post about organization in the future, how does it end up on the 'Organization' page?

    The blog buddy posts are a great help, thanks again.

    Andrea

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  8. Hi Karen
    You must be a mind reader, I was just thinking that I must add a page to show quilts that I have quilted. Thank you so much for your easy to follow directions.
    Cheers
    Linda
    Taupo NZ

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  9. WOHOOO!!! Thank you this post is so appreciated!

    I'm a Newbie Blogger and Crafter and who now has "buttons"...

    THANK YOU!!

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  10. Karen, It's very easy to understand and I have learned a lot from it. I was just thinking that I must add a page to show quilts that I have quilted. Your writing style is eloquent, revitalizing,and fairly interesting.

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  11. Thanks for the information I have been wondering how to do these things on my blog.

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  12. I was looking for this! Thank you so much for sharing and doing such a wonderful job to make things easy! Perfect!!!

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  13. It worked out perfectly! Thank you so much for showing this and making it so easy (o:

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  14. Thank you so much for this tip! I was just looking for ways to add tabs! Thanks! :)

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  15. May I join the others in adding my thanks. It is wonderful to be able to refer to all your pictures to get through the difficult task of tweaking the blog. I am very grateful for your assistance in tidying up my blog.

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  16. Terrific tutorial you shared here. It is easy to understand and can 't wait to make one blog for personal use, before Christmas. I truly saying that it is truly interesting.
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  17. This is so helful - thanks for sharing. I'll be playing with this on my sewing blog tomorrow ..... http://everydayimstitchin.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again

    Gemma
    x

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  18. Thank you! Thank you!! As a self taught blogger, I respect the time and effort you have spent to figure things like this out. Thank you for being so willing to share what you have learned!

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  19. Karen, I used your tutorial to create pages. My question now is, can I link past blog posts to those pages? Or is it only possible to link posts going forward?

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  20. thanks! you're good at not only crafting but also blogging technically. Cool!

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  21. I have tried to follow your tutorial and can only get so far. For one thing the design of the pages have change It does not give you choice of edit page so I can not get additional page I only have home. I hope you can help me. plus can I once I do add pages add past posts to these pages. Example of a recipe given and want to have them all in one page sort of like yours. I just do not know how to make links like that.

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  23. Ok I am a little slow at this. I figured it out. I just had to go to the old dashboard. Thank you very much.

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  24. Thanks so much Karen,I have just started blogging and am totally confused. You have helped a lot.Please visit my page and get my button. Thanks again for the help.

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  25. Once again Karen to the rescue! Now I have pages for my recipes and Tutorial (if I should have any) and quilts and, and, who knows??? Thanks, you're a sweetie pie.

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  26. Thank you Karen for the great tutorial...I'm always afraid to try things on the computer....always have my DH do it....well I DID IT.....you are a great confidence builder...and I will start trying to do a few more changes on my blog....thanks a million...hugs from Michigan, Pauline...(o:

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  27. I love this tutorial and really want to add the TABS/ pages at the top of my blog, now I tried to add a dummy page and go back, and I can't find where it is. it said first I already had added PAGES, and I usually have my gadgets on the right side but they are not there now, wonder what I'm doing wrong?

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  28. Tyvm for all you do to help fellow bloggers out there, Joined your blog please Join mine if it interested you http://marjorie7777buzzagent.blogspot.com/ I am a product tester for all companies around the world, Giving honest opinion on everyday products. Ty again *+*

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  29. I was just exploring your blog and found this! All the while I have been wondering how on earth do people have tabs on their blog! LOL Thank you so much. I would have never figured this out on my own.

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  30. Thanks so much for this clear and easy tutorial. It was perfect. After reading through it only once I added tabs at the top of my blog page. I too was stumped with the tabs features and was so happy to find your post and it worked perfect the first time! Thanks again.

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  31. I have my pages set up, but how do I post something to a particular page? I have an "about me" graphic I want to put in my side bar, and I know how to do that once the image is on the blog, but I want to put it on my "about me" page to stay and link from there, but I can't figure out how to get the image onto that page and not my front main page. Help? :)

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  32. And I just noticed I didn't have a profile image up, so I fixed that :)

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  33. Wow I can not thank you enough!! Super simple.. I thought I was gonna have to pay someone to figure it out for me. You are amazing. Thank you thank you thank you. Oh yeah THANK YOU....lol

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  34. I have been trying to figure this out and am so thankful for such easy instructions. I will be working on my blog to do this and some other updates this week! Yay. Thank you!

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  35. I´m so thankful for finding this, and I have made 2 pages to my blog, but now I´m having a problem and I wonder if you can help me! When I try to make new post on these pages I have no idea HOW TO :( it always posts to the home page :(

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  36. Thx so much.....i wanted this....u made it easy for me...

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  37. Hour your tutorial on adding pages was great. But have one question. How do I get my post to show up under the correct page. In the past I used labels to filter post into categories and placd buttons onmy blog for them to shortcut to, I like what you did with you ages and wanted to try something new this year. Please share thsnks

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  38. I love your blogging tips page. I have been trying to follow several of your instructions but my screens look different than yours. Are these images in your posts from an older version or am I doing something wrong?

    I try to relate them to my version but sometimes I can't make it work! :(

    ~ Darlene

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  39. Thank you so much for the great tips! They have been very helpful as I a "new blogger". I too have had some trouble navigating because my screens look different but with trial and error I am slowly adding things. Thank you again, your instructions have been a helpful guide.

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  40. Hey! Could you create a new tutorial on how to do this with the new blogger format? I'm so confused my head hurts :( xx

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  41. I am feeling quite the idiot......I read the labels tips this morning and applied them to my blog....Thank You. I have pages already, but if I move them to the top....only like 3 show up and I don't know know how to have rows of them. I have read this tip sheet. Your pictures 4 - 7, does not look like mine. Also, how do add the pictures boxes to your pages?

    Thank you so much for your tips
    simplebutfabulous.blogspot.com

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  42. Thanks for your tips I do have a question. Any idea how to get back to the old blogger design? I have the new version and I can create a page but only one post per page. I am new to all this and I think pages are making me crazy. I tried blogger help but it wasn't any.

    Thanks again.
    Angela
    asmith65@windstream.net

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  43. Hi Karen - this is such a great blog! i am just starting a blog and this is just what i needed. Just a quick question do you know how to link a blog to a couple of pages if the blog is relevant to more that one tab? x

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  44. Hi Karen, thanks for your tips. I have added the pages and now I can't work out how to link my existing posts to a page. I haven't done much with my blog but I think I would do more if I didn't find blogger so hard to work with. Do you think you would be able to put up a post to explain the next step with pages?

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  45. NOW I feel like I can finally get somewhere with my blog. This (and other tips you've shared) was so helpful! Thank you!!

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  46. Hi! Thank you so much for your help!! I started my blog just for fun, but I want it to be just like I want it!! Your have been a great help!!

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  47. Karen,
    Thanks for all your information!
    Blessings,
    Betsy ♥

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  48. Oh Golly! I have a way of making mountains out of molehills. I have added Tabs to the top of my blog. I understand about customizing fonts, etc., but before I get to doing that I am stuck on how to point my posts to the correct Tabs. Here is where I am at:

    http://iweararedhat.blogspot.com/

    i.e., When I click on Crafts, how do I pull up all my Posts that I gave the label Crafts? Make sense?

    Lucy

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  49. Oh, P.S.

    I am afraid you are my favorite Go To person. I came across your site a couple of months ago, but I have been learning how to transfer my VHS tapes to DVD and onto my laptop. That's another story. But I have just glanced at a couple of your Tabs, and love your blog. Thanks soooooo much for your tutorials and for sharing.

    Lucy

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  50. Thank you so much...im new to blogging and this helps me alot..

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  51. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without your blogging tips--thank you so much!
    Linda
    Sewwhat!

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  52. Thank you so much. This made it so easy for me to add tabs to my blog.

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