Blogger Announces New Pages Feature

Blogger Pages Feature

Now this is exciting news!  Blogger has just announced a new feature:  the ability to create static pages and then display them in tabs at the top of your blog or in the sidebar!  With this feature, Blogger now mimics one of the best features of blogs that use WordPress as their platform.

How To Create Blogger Pages

Using my personal genealogy blog, Destination: Austin Family, as an example, here is how to use the new Pages feature at Blogger:

  • Log in at Blogger.  Go to the Posting tab on your Dashboard.

Blogger Pages Feature

  • Click the Edit Pages link at the top.

Blogger Pages Feature

  • Click New Page and then begin creating your page.  Enter a Page Title and then the content of the page.  The Page dialog uses the same toolbar as the Posting dialog.

Blogger Pages Feature

  • Click Publish at the bottom of the screen.  Next, choose the location for the new page.  Your choices include the sidebar, in a tab below your blog’s masthead or a link that you can use for manual placement.

Blogger Pages Feature

  • Click Save and Publish.  In the example below, I’ve opted to use the Tab feature.

Blogger Pages Feature

  • Click on the link in the tab and the new Page displays.

Blogger Pages Feature

Genealogy Blog Uses For Blogger Pages?

Now that you know how to use the new Pages function, here are some ideas for using them (and remember you are limited to 10 pages!

  • An About page that describes your blog and its purpose.
  • A Surnames page listing all your surnames that you are researching.
  • A Locations page listing all the areas in which your ancestors lived or where you are conducting research.

Are there any others you can think of?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below to share them with your genealogy blogging colleagues!

Conclusion

The new Pages feature is one that will be very valuable in communicating with your blog readers.

Next: The Pages Gadget and configuring the Pages List.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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