Sunday, April 15, 2007

Making "About Me" a single line that link to full profile

Received a request to make "About Me" a single line which when clicked takes one to the full profile. This can easily be done.

First you need to get the URL of your full profile. Sign into Dashboard and in the top right corner are details of your profile. Right-click on the "VIEW" link and choose "Copy Link Location" to copy the URL of your full profile into clipboard. If you wish, you can open Notepad and paste it there in case it is cleared from clipboard, then you can get it from Notepad.

Blogger Profile URL

Then click "Layout" in the Dashboard and click "Add a Page Element" and you have a choice of either choosing "Link List" or "HTML/Javascript" in the pop-up. In the demonstration blog Furniture Center, I have chosen "HTML/Javascript" as I will then have a choice of whether to make the link open in the same window or a new window. The "About Me" link is at the bottom of the left sidebar of the demonstration blog Furniture Center. Click on it and see what happen.

I then typed <a href="profile URL" target="_blank">About Me</a> into the HTML/Javascript window and licked "Save to Blog". If you don't want the Profile to open in a new window, you can leave out target="_blank" from the above HTML.

I have also created another demonstration blog Alternative Medicine to demonstrate another way of doing it. The "About Me is also at the bottom of the left sidebar. Click on it and see what happen.

In this case, I chose "Link List" rather than "HTML/Javascript" and made a special blog for a purpose written Profile which give me more flexibility to format the profile in whatever way I want. Again, I will have to copy the URL of the purpose created profile blog from the address bar (or VIEW from the Dashboard) to the clipboard. In the Dashboard for the Alternative Medicine demonstration blog, I clicked "Add a Page Element" in the Layout and clicked "Add a Page Element". In this case, I selected "Link List" and thus don't have to bother with writing my own HTML. I just paste the Profile blog into the field for the URL, then typed "About Me" in the field for the "New Site Name" and click "Save to Blog". The disadvantage of using Link List is that you have no choice over whether the link open in the same or new window. It will open in the same window.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Peter - I'm hoping you can help. A while back (around the time 'Beta' became 'new blogger' I stopped being able to embed links into my profile. I tried everything, and finally was alerted to the fact that new blogger uses different html or something.

    I see that you have embedded links into the demonstration profile. Can you tell me how you do it? I've gone so far as to try and figure out how to make a completely new and separate profile (and suppress the old profile) just to be able to embed links, but the easiest thing would be just to keep the old blogger profile, as I'm happy enough with it. IF I can have links, that is.

    Also, people have said I should switch to 'new blogger' - I did switch to 'beta' and don't know if this is any different. In any case, I use a hacked (3-column) template, so I don't know if that's even a possibility.

    I'd be very grateful for any tips! Thanks.

    Alda
    www.icelandweatherreport.com

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  3. Hi Alda,

    I answered in a previous comment. Unfortunately I will have to delete that comment because it contains long unbroken lines that extend into the right sidebar, or even worst, it may cause the sidebar to slide to the bottom of the page (IE6). I have thus answered you in this post: Hyperlinks in Profile (About Me).

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Earning Online

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