Just wonder why it took the team at Blogger so long to decide that Page-starved blogspot bloggers deserve this Blogger Pages feature. There have been so many requests for them since way back when. But no luck, it was a long wait.
Just imagine WordPress users making snipe remarks at Blogger users for living under the rock. So at last poor suffering Blogger users can see daylight. Now Blogger Pages are available on Blogger in Draft. This was announced last week on the official blog Blogger Buzz.
Here's what Blogger Pages can do for you, according to the official site's post:
"Blogger Pages lets you to publish static information on stand-alone pages linked from your blog. For example, you can use Pages to create an About This Blog page that discusses the evolution of your blog, or a Contact Me page that provides directions, a phone number, and a map to your location.
You create a page similar to how you write a blog post. From Blogger in Draft click the Posting | Edit Pages tab, then click New Page. (Note: you can create up to 10 pages.)
Once your page is published, you can link to it from the new Pages widget. The Pages widget lets you add links to your pages as tabs at the top of your blog, or as links in your blog's sidebar.
In the Pages widget, you can decide which pages will have links, and in what order they will appear. You can also choose whether or not you want links automatically created for pages when you create them by checking or unchecking the box to the left of Add new Pages by default."
But here's a little bit of a letdown. If you are using custom templates, they may not automatically support Blogger Pages as horizontal "tabs."
Fair Warning to FTP Users
Blogger users who relied on FTP to publish their blogspot blogs have been given notice that it will no longer be supported. The official site has announced that it will stop after March 26, 2010.
According to Blogger, FTP usage has been a drain on their ability to improve Blogger.
Although it is expected, this move will not go down well with some FTP users, Blogger has promised to make the transition "as seamless as possible".
Here are the steps to be taken by Blogger:
- Building a migration tool that will walk users through a migration from their current URL to a Blogger-managed URL (either a Custom Domain or a Blogspot URL) that will be available to all users from Feb 22. This tool will handle redirecting traffic from the old URL to the new URL, and will handle the vast majority of situations.
- Providing a dedicated blog and help documentation to provide as much information as possible to help guide users through the migration off of FTP.