Blog Tip: Create Link Bar Menu in Blogger

March 12, 2010

It’s now possible to create up to ten static pages in Blogger that you can link to from your blog.  This feature makes it easy to set up a menu bar.  See my menu bar above?  The headings “Meet Carolyn”, “Contact” and “Featured On” are linked to static pages, not blog posts.   

Setting up a static page is very simple to do and similar to the way you publish a blog post.  From your Blogger Dashboard go to “Posting” as if you were going to write a post.  
 
Post Dashboard 
Instead of clicking on the “New Post” tab like you would when creating a new blog post, click on the “Edit Pages” tab instead. 

EditPost
Click on the “New Page” button and Blogger will open up a window where you can create a page similar to the way you create a post.  Set the “Page Title” field to the desired name of the heading on your menu bar (Meet Carolyn, Contact, etc.).

createpage
When you’re done creating your page, click the “Publish Page” button.  Continue creating up to ten static pages.   After you publish the last page, click on “Add the Page List Gadget” as shown below. 
 addpagelist
This will bring up a page that will enable you to configure a Page List Widget, which can function as a Menu Bar.

configurepage
Here, you can drag and drop your pages to change the order and choose which pages you want to show on your menu bar.  When you hit “Save”, go into your Dashboard, select Layout and drag your menu widget to where you want it.  If you want a horizontal menu bar, move the gadget under your header.  If you want a vertical list of  links, drag the widget to a side column.

I really like the functionality that this adds to a blog.  Good luck!

25 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I was really hoping Google would get it together and show blogger users some love with static pages. Yay! Glad I stuck with it and didn't get romanced by the naysayers. Looks like I'll be working on reformatting my blog this weekend.

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  2. Thank you so much - I've been wondering how to do this, too!

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  3. Looks like I'm not the only one ecstatic to see this post today. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  4. this was very helpfull thank you for your tips
    Amanda
    http://mayshomemade.blogspot.com/

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  5. I swear, Carolyn, you must be reading my mind on these things! I have been looking all through Blogger lay-outs and all the tabs trying to see how to do this. Thank you again for pointing me in the right direction!

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  6. oh, great - I have recently been on my own private blog improvement crusade. Creating a side or top menu I yet have to do. Haven't found easy enough instructions for me, yet. I will give yours a go... Hehe, and I will reciprocate by drawing your attention to my photography tips for bloggers (part 1 and 2). That's where I DO have authority ;-)
    http://craft-werk.blogspot.com/2010/03/photography-tips-for-bloggers-part-2.html

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  7. Thanks so much for posting this! I have been wondering how to add links like that for a while now!

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  8. Thank you very much.
    Is there a link to a tutorial for how to get your posts to link to the pages?

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  9. Question: How did you hook up your posts (such as cooking posts) to the particular page? Did you have to manually do this or is there a way to hook it up when you label it "cooking"?
    Thanks!
    Kari

    P.s. THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING THIS! I've already incorporated it into my blog! :)

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  10. I can't say thank you enough for posting this I think I am going to "freshen" up my blog soon and this will be so helpful. Thank you for not being greedy and sharing your bloggy knowledge :)

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  11. I did what you said for the pages but theres no page list gadget showing up anywhere. How do I get this?

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  12. Hi Seanymph,
    If you can't find the page list gadget once you've created your static pages you can also do it through the "Edit Layout" tab on your blogger dashboard. Once in Layout, click on "Add a Gadget" wherever you want your menu bar. When the list of gadgets opens, select Basics, and then the gadget called "Pages (New!)". It should open the page list gadget.

    Good luck!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this. It is one of the things I want to do this week.

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  14. Thanks that helped me a lot, but I still have (probably a very) silly question. How can I select already existing posts into these pages? And also, if I use this, do I have to particularly choose one before posting and insert the new post there? Oh how much I hate these technical things, haha.
    Thank you! erika

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  15. Oh this is great!!! You know it took me for ever to figure this out few weeks ago...So nice you are teaching it...
    frenchy

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  16. Thank you so much for this tutorial-I am so going to do it! And thank you for the nice comment on my blog!

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  17. Thank you for the tutorial! I just added a page to my blog and intend to do more!!

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  18. Thank you so much for this!

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  19. I am new to blogging and still trying to figure it all out, Thank you so much for this post, It was so easy!
    I have added this to my blog and love the way it looks, Is there a way to move my posts into these links?
    Thanks a bunch
    123comepartywithme@gmail.com
    123comepartywithme.blogspot.com

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  20. thnx dear ...
    pri

    dietofadietitian.blogspot.com

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  21. I am so excited to read this but I have a few questions....i also want to know how to make sure certain labels are added to a static page. for example if I want a tab titled "my tutorials" do i have to manual add each tutorial I post or can i use labels to automatically add it?

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  22. This is my first time i visit here. I discovered so numerous interesting stuff in your weblog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all of the enjoyment here! maintain up the great work.

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  23. Really this will surely do? You're such a genius man! What it is like? a widget? So nice to know that stuff really works huh.

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  24. "I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me."

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