Saturday, November 18, 2006

New Blogger: How to make the permalink more prominent

In the new Blogger beta blog, the link to the individual post page (permalink) is still represented by a simple timestamp Google Blogger timestamp permalinkat the bottom of the page. Clicking on the timestamp will take you to the individual post page. If you want the URL of the individual post page (permalink), you right-click on the time stamp and select "Copy link location" (This is for FireFox. Wording will be similar but different for different browsers). I am suprised that Blogger still use the same method of displaying the permalink, as most people unfamiliar with the Blogger setup will not realise the timestamp is a permalink. To make this more prominent, you can add a text PERMALINK next to the timestamp. To do this, you can add a text PERMALINK or any othe text you wish next to the timestamp (or even replacing the timestamp if you wish. To do this, you will have to click on the TEMPLATE tab to access the template, tick the "expand widget template" and then look for this block of codes:
<span class='post-timestamp'>
<b:if cond='data:top.showTimestamp'>
<data:top.timestampLabel/>
<b:if cond='data:post.url'>
<a class='timestamp-link' expr:href='data:post.url' title='permanent link'><data:post.timestamp/></a>
</b:if>
</b:if>
</span>


then insert the text PERMALINK (shown in red) or any other text you like, in the code

<span class='post-timestamp'>
<b:if cond='data:top.showTimestamp'>
<data:top.timestampLabel/>
<b:if cond='data:post.url'>
<a class='timestamp-link' expr:href='data:post.url' title='permanent link'><data:post.timestamp/>|PERMALINK</a>
</b:if>
</b:if>
</span>


NOTE: For those still using old classic Blogger template, refer to Make permalink more prominent (old classic Blogger template)

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20 comments:

  1. Can you use the Blog This! button yet in Blogger Beta? This is the only feature I am waiting on to convert.

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  2. Hi Kristalogy,

    To tell you the truth, I have never used "Blog this" so can't comment much on it. But I have read a number of posts on the Blogger Help group of being unable to use it.

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  3. so you don't ever 'blog' posts or articles from other sites then?

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  4. Yes, I don't blog on post directly from the "blog this" button. I am a retired scientist, so like to experiment. Maybe I will start using that feature for my other blogs

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  5. OK I have just installed the "Blog this" link into the link bar in FireFox, logged out of my Blogger classic account and logged into the beta account. I found a newspaper article that I would like to blog about, highlighted a block of text and clicked the "Blog this" link. The result of the test is described in this post: Testing "Blog this" for Blogger Beta

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  6. Anonymous11/19/2006

    hey..ur site is the best..used ur tips to get a favicon for my blog..anyway..can u please post on how to get fancy cursors for blogs..i have tried everything and it just doesn't seem to work..please help..!!!

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  7. Peter: Thanks for your replies. I'm impressed you are spending time helping us bloggers out in your retirement! Very grateful for you blog; I reference it first when I have a problem. --K

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  8. Anonymous11/21/2006

    Thanks for your work in posting this hack! Keep up the good work!

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  9. Anonymous12/15/2006

    Thanks!
    Cruising through the rest your site.

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  10. Anonymous12/15/2006

    for insecure dummies-What is the character prior to "permalink"
    thank you for tech help Joe

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  11. I am not sure I understand your question, but what appear before the "permalink" displayed depend on how you configure the act. In my case, the timestamp which I have left intact, preceed the displayed "permalink".

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  12. in your highlighted example you have a line. I had to put a space so that it wouldn't read.... AMPERMALINK
    You have some wonderful information, thanks for helping us all.

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  13. Nice! I didn't know the timestamp was the permalink URL...good to know.

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  14. Thank you!! I've been looking for this info everywhere. Really appreciate the help.

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  15. what are the copyright issues of linking to someone else's article for your own blog post, either from another blogger or a newspaper or similar publication?

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  16. Hi Sonny,

    If you are referring to copyright issues by just providing an active link to someone's article, there is no issue. In fact most publishers including me will welcome you providing a link to our articles. However, if you are referring to reproducing the whole article word-for-word, that is duplicate content and will be considered infringement of copyright. Acknowledging and providing a link will be more kindly looked upon than copying without acknowledging, but still would be copyright infringement if no prior permission is given.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" IN PROGRESS. Use the CONTENT at the top of the main column

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  17. Thanks for this post. I couldn't figure out how to remove a link from the timestamp (or just remove the timestamp completely) and this helped me figure out how to do that. I didn't realize some of the coding was hidden, but by clicking on the expand widget templates, I was able to find the coding I needed. Thanks!

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  18. This is awesome. Amazing tips but is there any way to remove the timestamp from a single post. It's the post at the top that I use as categories. http://www.coolonpurpose.com/

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  19. Sign into Dashboard > LAYOUT and click EDIT in the Blog Posts section of the LAYOUT. Remove the tick against "AT 9PM" for example

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  20. Hi perhaps I'm quite late here :-) coz i'm new in blog and i wanna try ur suggestion but somehow i couldn't remove the time

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