Wednesday, October 04, 2006

How to have different profiles for different blogs

Update 30 March 2007: This post have been superseded by a new post: Different profile for different blogs in the same Blogger account Part II

UPDATE: Before you try to use this method, read the comments section first.

UPDATE 13 November 2006: There is one more comment that says the original owner of the account cannot be removed, even if the new team member is given administrator works. Since I have limited time and may take some time to test it myself, please read the rest of the post with a pinch of salt. It may not work.

Bloggers frequently have more than one blogs. If the blogs are all in the same Blogger account, all of them will have the same profile. If you want to have different profiles for different blogs, this is what you must do. It would help if you have more than one browser otherwise, you will have to log in, log out, log in, etc. This will be especially true for those using Blogger Beta.

If like many, you have only Internet Explorer, I advise you to install FireFox. It is a much better browser than Internet Explorer. (you may chose to use only one browser if you want, but having 2 browsers will be more convenient). Refer to What is FireFox and why you should be using it. See also the advantages of having more than one browsers on your computer: Why you should be using more than one browser

OK, back to the topic. To get your blogs into different account:
1. Start a new Blogger Account with a different email address from your original account.
2. Open a different browser (if you want to use the same browser, you will have to sign out)
3. In the new browser, sign into your original Blogger account (Dashboard).
4. Select the blog you want to be in the new account.
5. Click the SETTINGS > MEMBERS tabs
6. Click "Add Team Member/s"
7. Enter the email address that you used for the new Blogger Account in the New User(s).
8. Go back to the previous browser. Sign into the email address referred to in no. 7
9. Look for the invitation. Accept the invitation.
10. Go back to the browser where you have the original Blogger account and the blog in which you want to be in the new account. In the MEMBERS setting, you should see a new member. Make him an administrator (be very sure of doing this).
11. Go back to the first browser and get into your new Blogger account and confirm that the blog is in your Dashboard.
12. Now that you are sure things have worked out, in your original Blogger account and the relevant blog, in the MEMBERS setting, remove yourself as a member.

Now you should have 2 blogs in two different Blogger account and you can set different profiles for the 2 blogs. And if you are using 2 different browsers, you can be logged into both at the same time.

Update: I have written this post solely from logic and from I know of how Blogger works. But I never had to try to change the profiles for my different blogs myself. A reader commented that he followed the instructions, but found that while he now have 2 users on both blogs as administrators, he could not remove the original user from the secondary blog because the remove option isn't available (see the comments section). If I have the time, I would test that out and report it here. In the meantime, if you have tried to make different profiles for your different blogs and found the same difficulties, I hope you will put your comment there.

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22 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/05/2006

    If you really want to help people, instead of just cutting and pasting from blogger's help pages, why not just offer the link instead?

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  2. Hi Anonymous,

    If you want to make accusations like this, you should have the guts not to post anonymously.

    1 Which of my posts is cut and paste from Blogger's help pages?

    2. I have followed the link in your comment and have noticed a big difference in what is in my post and what is described there.

    2. I have received comments and emails that says my blog is easier to understand than Blogger's help pages.

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  3. To anonymous,

    And do you bother to read the rest of my blogs and see the difference between my blog and Blogger Help.

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  4. Anonymous10/13/2006

    Hi Peter, I followed your instructions. I have two users now both tagged as admins (on both blogs). However, I can't REMOVE the original user from the secondary blog because the REMOVE option isn't available. It remains available only for the secondary user. Yes. They are both admins.
    Any idea how to fix this?

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  5. Hi Orchid,

    To tell you the truth, what I posted is from logic, from what I know of how Blogger works. But I never had to try to change the profiles for my different blogs, so I can't tell you from my own experience. I hope you keep trying and let us know if you succeed. If not, I will have to update the post to let the readers know of the problem. If I have the time, I may try to go through the steps myself. If I find a way, I will let you know. If I don't succeed, I may remove this post. Thanks for letting us know.

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  6. Anonymous10/17/2006

    I have tried this and unfortunately it doesn't work - in blogger beta you can invite yourself under another email address to become an author, when you accept and then log into the blog with the new identity, all you can do is post. you can't actually edit the blog. Even if you log back in as the original blogger, all you can do is remove the new author. You can't give him/her permission to do anything more than post. I thought your good advice sounded a logical way to approach it, but blogger beta does not give you the options. Maybe the old blogger did?

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  7. Hi Orchid and Tony,

    Thanks for the feedback.

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  8. can u add a author from blogger beta acount to your blogger blog? if that works, I could transfer my blog from blogger to a new account on blogger beta because option of upgrading the blogger blogs isnt available to me yet.

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  9. I don't know, but I doubt it. I wish I have the time to test it. In any case, why are you in such a hurry? There are lots of reports of problems still with Blogger Beta in the Blogger Help group.

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  10. Anonymous11/13/2006

    Hello,
    I have followed your instructions but I am having the same problem as some people. I can't remove the original myself because the remove button is not available. Can you help?

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  11. Hi Dhamirah,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have done a further update to the post.

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  12. Anonymous11/25/2006

    I have the same problem. I tried the first suggestion in this post.
    As in this comment, my OLD blog title will show up, not my new one. I've deleted the old one, all that is there is the link to my new blog.
    I cannot make *this* comment take you to my new blog, just an old profile.
    Will keep coming back here to see if anyone has any new ideas.
    Thanks for taking the time to try to fix it!

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  13. Hi Peter, I was here when I search for articles related to dynamic Google Adsense code switching, in accordance to post's author in a team blogging. Anyway, I have get the trick to work, and post in my blog here. Have a look. Thanks.

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  14. I, too, cannot delete the orignal team member (myself) after going through the member/administrative trick. The "remove" option is not available. Now, if I delete the original google account, will my blog disappear completely? or will it still show up under the second administrative account (also mine)?

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  15. Hi Denise,

    I have done a test. Created a Google account, started a blog, invited an authour, made that admin, then canceled my Google Account. What I discovered is that the Blog remains, but there is no profile. When I tried adding a profile via the second admin google account, I got an error message "bX-mlcrno".

    Peter
    Enviroman Says

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  16. Hmmm...I'm wondering if I'll still get that error if I already created a profile for the second admin account? What do you think...should I wait and email support to see what they say? Or are YOU support? (lol) I did look at my blog earlier, and it listed both account profiles with my name showing up twice but with no profile information. This is nuts!

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  17. I have been messing around with this a good part of the evening and have found something that should work, but you will have to manually code each individual profile info in if you want it shown on the blog and to be different than the original owner. The original owner is the parent blogger, then you have your offspring with different google accounts that you make admins. You can keep the parent as an overall manager but if you don't want the cluttered dashboard or want to post as a specific user then sign in under that account. For template and other management not having to do with posting I'd use the parent option. Plus, if there are sign in problems, another account may get thru when another won't. Just a suggestion. It's what I am doing until there are other options.

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  18. Hi HJ,

    Thanks for your contribution. Do you mean you mess with the template of the secondary blog? If so, do you mind explaining on how you did it either on your own blog or in the comments here.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" (in progress)

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  19. I'm in the process of changing the templates themselves to reflect the profile information (if any) that I want shown. If I don't then I delete the part of the template between the body tags for the sidebar about the profile container but not the formatting of the profile that is at the top of most templates. There's an open tag, item and close tag. Simple. Then I just type in the same space the image source and any text. Many people already post links to their yahoo 360, myspace and other pages. They can also include a link that is basically a blogpage of their profile and bloglinks and just call it "My Blogger Profile". One of my deletions and replacements can be found at http://dittersfreedoodles.blogspot.com I hand coded the profile info how I wanted it.

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  20. Yes, thanks for addressing this issue. It's pretty ridiculous - why would anyone want to have multiple blogs (say, a personal and a professional) if they're just going to mirror each other?

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  21. Hi Rannerish,

    I will show you 2 examples of blogs belonging to the same person (me) having different profiles:
    Enviroman Says
    and this one
    Blogger Tips and Tricks.

    The first one is an environmental blog and has a meaningful cartoon as the profile picture and description, not about me, but things relevant to the environment.

    This one has my personal photo plus some personal details.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  22. This does work if you follow directions correctly. You need to remember to sign in to the original account (the one you want to remove) and remove that id as an administrator.

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