Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Blogs, posts, web addresses, permalinks, archives,

We often come across bloggers just starting to create blogs, publish posts, etc, but are confused over the terminologies. Google/Blogger has created a good Guide for Beginners which should be a good starting guide to refer to. Whatever, I think it is a good idea to sort out the confusions over terminology. It will be a long winded explanation below but it may help if you refer to the examples (illustrations) below.

At any point in the explanations below and you want actual examples to deepen your understanding, refer to examples. Best if you are very new, just initially concentrate on publishing new posts then try to digest the rest of this business of blogging.

First the blog and its web address (URL). Each time you create a blog, it will have its own unique web address (URL). For more info about web address, refer to How to get blog or post URL (address), and a blog webpage (URL) may look something like myblog.blogspot.com. For example, the web address of this particular blog is www.bloggertipsandtricks.com and there is another example Robotics for Children below.

Whenever you publish a new post, the posts itself will have its own web address (permalink), something like myblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-blog-post.html. After you have created a blog, it will be listed in your Dashboard (what you see when you log into www.blogger.com). You can create more than one blog for each Blogger account and each blog will be listed in the Dashboard in a list of all your blogs.

After creating a blog, the next task will be to publish a post. This you do by clicking on the CREATE NEW POST pencil icon Blogger create new post pencil icon or if you are in a Dashboard of a specific blog, the plain NEW POST icon Blogger create new post pencil icon.

Clicking on them will open a post editor where you can type your text, upload photos, etc. When you have finished editing your new post, clicking the PUBLISH icon Blogger publish icon.

Once you click PUBLISH, Blogger will assign it its own web address (permalink, see explanation below):

This post will be displayed in 3 places,
1. its own web address (myblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/my-blog-post.html)
2. in the homepage myblog.blogspot.com together with other posts if you have created them (the default maximum number of individual posts displayed in the homepage is 7 but can be changed by you the author). Once the maximum is reached, publishing another new post will get this new post displayed at the top of the homepage while the oldest will be pushed off and will only be displayed in its own webpage (permalink) as well as in the archive.
3. in the archives as explained in (2). If you have added the Archive gadget in the sidebar, there will be listed all other published posts. In the current month, each post published in that month will be listed individually in the archive gadget together with other posts published in that month. Older posts in later months will not be listed individually but there will be listed individual months, and when you click on that month it will go to the webpage where all posts published in that month will be listed.

Illustration (example)

BLOG ADDRESS (url): For example, there is this blog Robotics for Children which unique web address is http://robotics4children.blogspot.com/

Then this is an example of a post: LEGO Wedo GUI (something that helps us talk with computer which has its own web address (permalink) http://robotics4children.blogspot.com/2015/01/wedo-program-screen-gui-graphic-user-interface.html and viewable on its own webpage (permalink), but as of today (4th March 2015), it is currently the latest post, so it sits at the top of the homepage Robotics for Children below which are other posts which you can see when you scroll down.

When new posts are published later, you will see a different post at the top of the homepage). However, if subsequently new posts had been published, it will then be pushed further down the homepage till it reaches the bottom. Any further new post published will push this post off the homepage but it is still viewable at its own web address http://robotics4children.blogspot.com/2015/01/wedo-program-screen-gui-graphic-user-interface.html and also in the archive for the month of March 2015 together with all other posts published in the same month.

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