Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Static pages

In the beginning was the blog, made of posts.

Archive and label-search pages helped readers to find the posts they liked.

In late 2009, in response to popular demand, Blogger added static pages: Blog pages that do not comprise any posts at all.

Typical uses include an "about this blog" page, or an extended profile of the blog author, or an index of blog content.

Blogs are limited to no more than 20 static pages each.

These pages sit apart from the rest of the blog, but are integrated into it by (1) having the same page design (including sidebar gadgets) and (2) a Pages gadget that automatically generates links to all the static pages plus the main blog page. (However, I suggest that this gadget is not really very useful.)

Conceptually, these stand-alone pages sit outside of the blog's natural chronological hierarchy. They are all equally "now."

Static pages are not secondary blog pages to which authors may post blog posts. That is what is static about them. Blog authors seeking that functionality should investigate labels and label-search pages.

Within these limitations, pages are useful places to put "timeless" information (such as an About page). They are also good for very large collections of images, since Blogger's unavoidable auto-pagination feature would deform the pagination of the blog were the photos in a regular blog post.

A static page is also a good place to park a "journey" page showing your blog content in chronological order, which you can make using my blog-journey hack.

Just don't knock yourself out trying to turn your static pages into mini-blogs that comprise blog posts. Blogger will resist your every effort. Check out label searches instead.

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