January 12, 2015

Blogger Basics - Managing Basic Settings


Hi guys! After more than a week of radio silence, apart from last week's Freebie Friday, I'm back again with a short tutorial. And it's a tutorial in the category Blogger Basics, so it will probably be interesting for people that just started out using Blogger as their blogging platform.

While installing some blogs for clients over the last few weeks, I was a bit surprised to find out that quite a few of those clients asked me how they could change the tagline of their blog if they ever wished to do so. That was reason enough for me to write this tutorial, that might sound so simple to a lot of bloggers, but might help out a few that are just starting their blogging journey.

So today we're going to take a look at a small part of the blogger dashboard called Settings. More specifically, basic settings.

If you open your Blogger Dashboard, this is the screen you will see:




On the left side of the screen is a list with options and the bottom options is settings. That's the one we're going to take a closer look at today.

So press, the 'Settings' option to go to the next screen:




As you see, it opens the first option within the settings menu, which is 'Basic'. And that small section deserves some explanation. So let's go!

OPTION - TITLE
When you created your blog in Blogger you were asked to give it a title and an URL. But what if you ever wish to change that title? Then you come here, click the edit button, change the title and save it. Your blog will now show a different title, but will still have the old URL.

OPTION - DESCRIPTION
Description is just another word for tagline. If you fill in a little tagline here, it will appear underneath your blog title. Please don't make the tagline too long, because all this text will show up on your blog under your title. And having a paragraph long tagline just doesn't look so good. So for all my clients and readers who are asking themselves where they can fill in or change a tagline, this is the place!

OPTION - PRIVACY
Most bloggers will want this set to 'listed on blogger', otherwise your blog won't be visible to search engines, and how are readers ever going to find your then? The only reason to set this option to unlisted is when you want your blog to be private, just your own journal without people peeping into your writings.

OPTION - BLOG ADDRESS
This is where you can see the URL link of your blog. When you start out with blogger it will be something like www.yourblogname.blogspot.com. But if you ever decide to change it to a .com address like I did with The Dutch Lady Designs it will show here as well. In case you still have the .blogspot.com address, you can easily change the URL by editing it. But I wouldn't recommend it. If your blog already has readers and you change the URL, chances might be your readers won't find you back anymore.

OPTION - BLOG AUTHORS
If things are running smoothly you should see yourself listed as the one and only author of your blog. As you can see you have the option to add more authors, but only do this with people you trust and you've invited yourself to contribute to your blog.

OPTION - BLOG READERS
This is set to Public by default. You can set it to private if you only want certain folks to read your blog, but most of us want our 15 minutes of fame, so this will probably be a setting most of us don't mess with.

So this was the first short tutorial on managing a part of the dashboard. I'm planning on doing a lot more to help out my clients and readers that just started out as Blogger bloggers. Really, don't let yourself be intimidated by all the options. Blogging is just too much fun for that!

Till soon!

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