Blogger Getting Started Guide



To use Blogger, make sure you have a compatible browser and operating system:



Browsers:

  • Google Chrome

  • Safari version 4 and up

  • Firefox version 3.6 and up

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Internet Explorer version 10 or 11. If you experience issues, try another browser or turn off Compatibility View.


Operating systems

  • Windows

  • Linux (Ubuntu)

  • Mac OSX


For Blogger to work, check if your browser uses cookies and turn Javascript on.

Step-by-step guide to starting a blog


To start using Blogger, sign in with your Google Account. Choose to create a Blogger profile or use your Google + profile.

Note: When you use Blogger, make sure you comply with the Blogger Content Policyand Terms of Service.

1. Create a new blog


You can create up to 100 blogs per account. To create a new blog:

  1. At the top left, click New Blog.

  2. In the dialog that appears, enter a name or the main title for your blog.

  3. Choose a blog address (URL). This will be used by readers to view your blog.

  4. Once you have a blog name and address, choose a template. Click Create blog.


Tip: You can use your blog topic, name, audience, or even location to choose your blog name and address.





There are two ways to find your URL.

From your live blog



  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. On the blog you want to find the URL for, click View Blog.

  3. The URL is in the address bar, at the top of your browser.


From your dashboard



  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Click your blog.

  3. In the left menu, click Settings > Basic > Publishing.

  4. The URL is in Blog Address.


To change your URL, follow the same steps, then click Save.

After a blog is permanently deleted, the blog’s URL cannot be used again.





2. Use the Blogger dashboard


To open the Blogger dashboard, sign in to Blogger

The Blogger dashboard will list your blogs with some quick links on the right.

  • To manage a blog, click a blog’s title.

  • To create a new post, click New Postnew post.

  • To see your posts, click Post list post list.

  • For other actions, click More Optionsmore options

  • To see how your blog looks, click View blog.


Under the list of your blogs, you’ll see a list of your favorite blogs.

3. Manage your blog


Once you have created your blog, you will be redirected to your blog’s dashboard where you can build and manage your blog.

  • Overview: You can see your blog’s activity, news and tips from the Blogger team, and more.

  • Write a new post: At the top left, clickNew post.


You can use the left menu to see your posts, pages, comments, stats, manage earnings and campaigns, and more.

Learn how to change your blog’s look.

Learn how to control access to your blog.

To go back to your Blogger dashboard, at the top left, click My blogs.

4. View your blog


You can see how your blog looks in two ways.

  • From the Blogger dashboard, click View Blog.

  • At the top of your blog’s dashboard, clickView Blog.


When you see your blog, a navigation bar will appear at the top with some actions or options you can use.

To change or manage the navigation bar:

  1. Go to your blog’s dashboard.

  2. Click Layout.

  3. Under “Navbar,” on the lower right, clickEdit.


Note: If you use Dynamic Views, the navigation bar may not appear. Learn to use custom templates with the navigation bar.

5. Get updates


To get feature announcements, advice, and other information to help you get the most out of your blog, sign up for email updates.

  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. At the upper right, click Optionsoptions.

  3. Select Edit User Settings.

  4. Under “Email Notifications," check "Feature Announcements."

  5. Click Save.


To unsubscribe, uncheck “Feature Announcements.”


Change your profile on Blogger




You can share information about yourself with your readers through your Blogger or Google+ profile. You can only use one profile for all blogs you contribute to.

Choose and edit your profile


You can use your Google+ profile or create a Blogger-specific profile:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. At the top right, click Settings Settings > Edit User Settings.

  3. Under "General," select a profile type:

    • Google+

    • Blogger



  4. Click Save.







  • Switching to a Google+ profilewill affect all your blogs.

  • After you've switched, you have 30 days to revert to your Blogger profile.

  • After 30 days, your Blogger profile will be deleted and you'll need to create a new Blogger profile.

  • Any information you had in your Blogger profile will not be shown in your Google+ profile.

  • Google+ profiles are public, but you can choose whether your profile can be found by a search engine.

  • If you use a Google+ profile, the name on your blog will change to your Google+ profile name and will link to your Google+ profile.

  • Comments made in the past will still display your Blogger profile name. Manage Google+ for your blog.


Edit your Google+ profile



  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. In the top right, click your photo, then Google+ Profile.

  3. Edit your Google+ profile.


Choose which blogs to show on your Google+ profile:



  1. On your profile, click About >Links.

  2. Add or edit the blogs to show.

  3. Choose who can see your blogs.

  4. Click Save.










  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. At the top right, click your name > Blogger profile > Edit profile.

  3. Edit your profile.

  4. Click Save Profile.





Show your profile on your blog


After you choose a profile, you can show it on your blog:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Select the blog to update.

  3. On the left side of the page, click Layout >Add a gadget.

  4. Search and select a profile gadget:

    • Google+ profile: Google+ Badge

    • Blogger profile: Profile



  5. Click Add Add.

  6. Select your settings and click

  7. Save.

  8. At the top right, click Save arrangement.




Add pages to your blog



You can create pages for consistent content like “About” or “Contact.” Pages can appear on your blog as tabs at the top or links on the side.


Note: You cannot use specific posts as pages.



Add a page


1. Show your pages



  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Select the blog to update.

  3. In the left menu, click Layout.

  4. In the section you want your pages to show, click Add a Gadget.

  5. In the window that appears, next to Pages, click Add .

  6. Set your settings and click Save.

  7. At the top right, click Save arrangement.


To change where your pages will appear, drag the gadget to its new location.



2. Create, edit, or delete pages







  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Select the blog to update.

  3. In the left menu, select Pages.

  4. Click New Page.

  5. Add a page title and other information.

  6. Click Save, Preview, or Publish.


To edit a page:



  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above.

  2. Under the page you want to edit, click Edit.

  3. Make updates to your page.

  4. Click Save, Preview, or Publish.


To delete a page:


In Pages, under the page you want to remove, click Delete > OK.








  1. From the Blogger dashboard, click the blog you want to update.

  2. In the left menu, click Layout.

  3. In the "Pages" section, click Edit.

  4. In the window that appears, clickAdd external link.

  5. Add the page title and URL.

  6. Click Save Link.


To delete a page:



  1. Follow steps 1–3 above.

  2. In the page to delete, clickRemove 





3. Select the pages to show



  1. In the left menu, click Layout.

  2. In the “Pages” section, click Edit.

  3. Select the page you wish to show.

  4. Click Save.

  5. At the top right, click Save arrangement.


There is no limit to the number of pages you can have on one blog.

Create and edit a post



To create a new post, click New Postnew post


When you write a new post and click Save, it creates a draft version. The post won't show on your live blog until you publish it.



To edit a draft post:



  1. On your blog’s dashboard, click Posts.

  2. Point at the title of the post and click Edit.


Actions you can take:




  • To make a post show on your blog, clickPublish.

  • To see how a post will look, click Preview.

  • To remove a post from your blog, clickRevert to draft.

  • To delete a post, click Delete under the post title.

    • Once you delete a post, there is no way to get it back on Blogger.

    • If you posted your content in other places, like Google+, you will need to delete that content separately.



  • To delete multiple posts, check the posts to delete and click Delete.


Note: There’s no limit on the number of posts you can have on a blog.



Set post settings


At the right of the Post Editor, click Post settings.




  • Options: Choose to allow reader comments, how to compose posts, and add line breaks.

  • Location: Add your location.

  • Permalinks: Set the format of your links.






You can add keywords to categorize and label your posts.


To change labels on multiple posts:




  1. In the left menu, select Posts.

  2. Check the posts to edit labels.

  3. At the top, click Label.

    1. To remove or add an existing label, select the label in the drop-down menu.

    2. To edit a label, delete the old label and add the new label.




You can have a maximum of 2,000 labels per blog and 20 per post.







At the right of the post editor, clickPost Settings > Schedule and set a time and date for your post to show on your blog.


To set your time zone:



On your blog’s dashboard, selectSettings > Language and formatting > Formatting > Time Zone.



More features






Templates save time by automatically formatting your posts:




  1. In your blog’s dashboard, clickSettings > Posts and Comments.

  2. Under Posts, next to Post Template, click Add.

  3. Add your post template. Use HTML if necessary.









You can allow readers to see a summary of your post with a link to “Read More.”





  1. Place your cursor where you want to make the break.




  2. In the Post Editor, click Insert jump break ic_blogger_18dp.png .




The gray bar can be dragged to reposition the jump break.



Learn how to change “Read more.”







You can type words in English and have them appear in your preferred alphabet, such as Arabic or Russian.




  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Select the blog to update.

  3. In the left menu, click Settings > Language and formatting.

  4. Under Language, change toEnable transliteration.

  5. Select your language.

  6. Click Save settings.

  7. On the Post editor, clickTransliteration.









You may have to complete word verification to prevent spam.


To avoid word verification when publishing, submit your blog to Google for a review. Next to the word verification, click  .



Note: Even if your blog is whitelisted for spam, you may have to complete word verification if you make a large number of posts in a single day.







To turn on posting by email:




  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Select the blog to update.

  3. In the left menu, click Settings > Mobile and email.

  4. Under “Email,” set your unique email and settings in Posting using email.

  5. Choose whether to publish automatically or save as a draft and publish them yourself.


To post by email:




  1. Create an email with your post title as the subject.

  2. The body of the email will be the post.

    • To mark the end of your post, enter #end.

    • To include an image, attach an image to your email.



  3. Send the email to your unique email address (username.[secretword]@blogger.com).


Note: This email address must be kept private or anyone who emails this unique email address will be able to post as you on your blog.



Note:




  • Avoid adding content hosted by someone else without their consent.

  • Avoid using copyrighted materials. Learn more about Blogger’s copyright policy.

  • Avoid adding content that violate ourcontent policy. This includes explicit imagery posted without the subject’s consent and hateful, violent, and crude content.



Customize CSS tags for layouts



To use the template designer with the CSS of your blog’s template, there are a few guidelines to follow.



Set up the variables


In the <head> section of your code, you'll need to have a pair of <b:skin> </b:skin> tags.


The CSS style declarations will go in between those tags, along with the variable names that make your design work with the Fonts and Colors page.



<head>

...
<b:skin>
<style type='text/css'>
/*
* Variable definitions:
*  <Variable name='bgcolor' description='Page Background Color'
type='color' default='#fff'/>
*/
body {
background: $bgcolor;
margin: 0;
padding: 40px 20px;
}
</style>
</b:skin>
</head>



The CSS code enclosed in /* and */ comment tags won't be shown on your blog.


There will be a list of variables here, one for each font or color that you want to be editable from the “Fonts and Colors” tab. Each variable is required to have the information shown in the example above and described here:




  • name – May contain letters or numbers. Each name in your template must be unique.

  • description – Add a description to appear in “Fonts and Colors" section.

  • type – "Font" or "color."

  • default – The default value. For colors, this should be a hexadecimal color code, for example  #FF0066. For fonts, it will be a list of the form font-style font-weight font-size font-family.


Use the variables


After the variables are set up, when you want to use the value of a variable, enter$variable_name in the b:skin css.




The template designer has editing support for a specific set of CSS variable types. To set the type of variable:




  • color variables will provide a color palette for selection in the template designer.

  • font variables will provide a font selection, with size and bold or italics options, in the template designer.





In the example above, there is a variable called bgcolor, which is set to white (#fff). In the next code, it says: background: $bgcolor. This turns the background white, and you can change it in the “Fonts and Colors” section.


Note: You don’t need to create variables for other types of CSS attributes. These can be included in the CSS just as they normally would be (as with the margin: andpadding: attributes in the example above).


Learn more on CSS




Add images and videos to your blog




You can add photos, other images, and videos to any blog posts that you create.

Add an image to a blog post


Images in your blog are stored in a Google Album Archive and show up in Blogger when you’re inserting them into pages or blog posts.




  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Choose the blog to update.

  3. Create a new post or edit a post to add images.

  4. On the Post Editor, click Insert image .

  5. Choose where you'd like to upload the image from.

  6. Choose one or more images to upload.

  7. Click Add selected.

  8. When the image is in your post, click it to change the size, caption, or location on the page.








Add an image to a post quickly by dragging it:

  1. Create a new post or edit a post to add images.

  2. Drag an image from a folder or desktop to the post page where you want it.




Stop images from opening in an overlay


By default, images on your blog will be opened in a large overlay, called a Lightbox. To prevent images from opening in the Lightbox:

  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Choose the blog to update.

  3. In the left menu, select Settingsand thenPosts and commentsand thenPosts.

  4. In “Showcase images with Lightbox,” choose No.


Note: If you have Dynamic Views turned on, images in your blog can only be opened byturning it off.

Delete images from an album


You can delete images from your album archive any time. If you delete an image from your blog album in the Album Archive, the image will also be deleted from your blog.

Note: If you placed a photo from a private folder on your blog, a copy may appear in both that folder and in the Album Archive. If you want to remove such a photo from the Album Archive completely, you should delete it from both places: the private folder and the blog album in the Album Archive.

Troubleshoot uploading issues


If you have problems uploading images, clear your cache and cookies, then try these steps:

  • Turn off your pop-up blocker or add Blogger.com in your pop-up blocker settings.

  • Turn off any plugins you have installed on your browser.

  • Try the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.


Add a video to your blog



  1. Sign in to Blogger.

  2. Choose the blog to update.

  3. Create a new post or edit a post to add images.

  4. On the Post Editor, click Insert a video video icon.

  5. Choose the video you want to use.

  6. Click Upload.


Note:

  • Avoid adding content hosted by someone else without their consent.

  • Avoid using copyrighted materials. Learn more about Blogger’s copyright policy.

  • Avoid adding content that violates ourcontent policy. This includes explicit imagery posted without the subject’s consent and hateful, violent, and crude content.


 




 

 

 

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