How to Manage Basic Settings in Blogger.

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Now that you have learned how to create a post and publish. Let us move to another aspect, that of "Blogger Basic Settings". The settings are important because that is the way you are informing the Blogger how to display your Blog to visitors. When you click on Settings tab, you get the screen as seen image no.1

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There is a various option available like Basic, Publishing, Formatting etc, as seen in the figure above. The Basic settings page is open by default and other pages are loaded when you click on the respective tabs. Let us see how to negotiate these pages.

Basic

Import/Export: If you have been Blogging earlier, you can import all your post including comments to your new Blog by using this function. First, you have to log in to your old Blog and go to Settings-Basic and click on Export Blog. On the next page, when you click on "Download Blog" another window opens asking you to open or save the file. Select "Save file" and the XML file will be downloaded to your computer. Save this file with an appropriate name. Now log in to your new Blog and go to the Settings-Basic page and then click on import file. Browse and select the file that you had imported earlier and then enter the "Captcha" text, which verifies that a human is conducting the import operation. Thereafter, check the box in front of the text "Automatically publish all posts" and click on import Blog. That's it. All your post from the earlier Blog will be published to your new Blog.

Title: This is the title of your Blog. Make it catchy and interesting, so that it stays in the reader's memory; after all, we want your prospective readers to keep coming back. Another requirement of the title is that it should be indicative of the content, i.e., say something about the blog and its content. You cannot have a blog named fast bikes when the content is going to be literature or electronics. Use your discretion. Also keep it short, so that people can remember it.

Description: Describe your blog in a few words. This text will appear under the title on the top of the page and will also appear in a search engine when someone searches for a topic concerned with your blog. Needless to say, make the description inviting and reflect your expertise or credentials in that area.

All the remaining setting by default are suitable for the blog and you can leave them as such. There is an explanation each setting that is easy to understand.

Global Settings: There is an option for the new editor and the old editor. To start with, you can start with the old editor and when you are comfortable, you can change over to the new editor. The other setting is the transliteration. The transliteration option is given to convert English words into Hindi or any other language. You can leave it selected to Hindi for the time being and then change to some other language later.
after you have completed the basic settings, click on save changes.

Publishing: The publishing button allows you to change the URL of the blog at a later date. If you remember, you had already selected the URL for your blog when you created it. However, if you want to change the URL, you can do so on this page. But keep in mind that it takes some time to earn reputation online and people also remember the URL of the blog, so if you change the URL at some date, you have to do the hard work all over again to let your readers and followers know that your blog URL has changed.

The other part is that if your blog start doing well and you think it can be sustained on its own, you can buy a custom domain and point your blog to the domain URL that you have chosen. If you want to do that, click on "custom domain" and fill the box that asks for your custom domain with the domain address of the URL you have bought. It may be pointed here that the blogger continues to host your content and only change that takes place is that the people and search engines will use your domain name to visit/list the blog.

Formatting

Formatting allows you to change the way your blog display various items. Here you can select the number of posts that are to be displayed on the single page, the way date and time are displayed on the post, the way your archive is indexed and the language of the blog. Most of the settings on this page are the self-explanatory and most important thing that you need to remember is to change the Time zone. It is important that you change the time zone to that of your country. Otherwise, there is a possibility that the blog may not get displayed correctly due to the time difference.

The post template is something like your signature and you can fill up this box with standard information or links that you would want to appear under each post. After you are done, save settings and move to the next tab.

Comments

Comments are a way for your visitors to interact with you and express their ideas, thoughts, and opinion about the subject matter of your post. They also have the liberty to appreciate or criticize your writing skills and your opinion on the subject matter. It is recommended that you leave the comments option on. This will attract more readers to your blog.

In the "Who Can Comment" option, do not choose the option of "anyone" if you do not want to be flooded with filthy messages, harsh criticism and useless comments with out knowing who the person is. However, you can easily delete such comments at any time so there is not much cause for concern. If you select "registered users" the readers will not be able to comment anonymously and everyone who comments knows that the comment can be tracked to the commentator if required.

You can select where and how you would like the "comment box" to appear by checking the appropriate option available in the " The comment Form Placement" namely Full page, Pop-up window or Embedded below post.

The Comments Default for Post setting is the best left to "new post has commented" if you want comments to appear.

The backlinks option can be selected to show, if and when any of the other blogs or websites across the world link to your blog, they will be displayed on your blog. This will be the true test of the quality of your blog and writing. Backlinks play a major role in the position of the blog in the search index. The more backlinks a blog has, the better is the placement of the blog in search engine rankings. This will be explained in a more detailed manner in a later chapter.

The option Backlinks Default for Post and comments time stamp Format can be left to their default values. You can place a signature or statement in the comment form message to prompt your visitors to leave a comment. If you leave it blank, there is no harm done.

You can moderate the comments as per your choice by selecting the appropriate option under the Comment Moderation setting. If you would like to see the comments before they appear on your post, select "always". When you make this selection, the form will ask you for the email id where you would like to receive a message whenever a non-member posts a new comment. You can then read the comment and decide if you want it to appear on your post or not. But, on the other hand, if you end up rejecting too many comments, it may dissuade people from commenting on your posts altogether. Getting people to comment and interact on your posts is a difficult task and so your aim should always be to encourage new visitors to comment rather than dissuade or scare them away.

You can leave the "Show profile images on the comment" to the default value of "yes". Having the profile image of the commentator displayed next to the comment lends a face to the written text and gives it more credibility.

You can provide up to ten email IDs of your contacts or collaborators in the box in front of "Comment Notification Email" option. Whenever someone comments on any of your posts, all of them will get an email intimating them about the new comment. However, if you do not want such emails, leave the box blank. Save your settings and go the next tab.

Archiving

Archiving is the manner in which your older posts are stored and accessed from your blog. The archive appears in the side bar of your blog and allows a new visitor to see all your earlier posts and access them without having to leave the page. You have the option to select Daily, Weekly or Monthly archiving depending upon the frequency of your posts. The Monthly archiving is the most preferred option amongst blogger all over the world.

Site Feed

Site feed or syndication allows people, who want to follow your blog, a means to stay updated with your new posts. If the visitors like your blog and the content you are posting, they can subscribe to your site feed and they will always come to know when you add a new post or update an older one. If you select the "Full" blog feed option, your followers will get the entire post in their feed. By selecting the "Short" blog feed option, your subscribers will get the first paragraph limited to 255 characters in their feed and will have to visit your blog for reading the rest of the post, which is desirable since you want the traffic to your blog to increase. For whatever reason, if you do not want blog feeds to be enabled, then select the "none" option. More about the site feed and how it helps your blog or website is covered in a later chapter.

Email & Mobile

The blog sends address option allows you to select/enter up to 10 Email addresses that you would like to have your blog emailed to whenever you publish a new post. These can be your friends or relatives. If you are using a Gmail account, then you can click on the "Choose from contacts" button and select the contacts directly from the address book of your Gmail account.

Like facebook and twitter, you can also use email and mobile phone to post text or images directly to your blog. For publishing via the email, you need to specify an email address to which you will be sending your text/images. Select the address in the box against "Email Posting Address" you can also select whether you want the post you send through the mobile devices to be published immediately or to save as draft.

For posting via the mobile phone, you can easily add a mobile device by clicking on "Add mobile device". A new window opens, which will ask you to send a verification code through your phone to go@blogger.com. Once this is done, your mobile device will be registered and you can start posting text/images through your mobile.

OpenID

OpenID is a new concept which is gaining popularity and being adopted by many websites. An OpenID allows you to use an existing identity to sign in to multiple websites. Without creating new passwords. In this manner, you can control how much information you want to share with the websites that you visit. With OpenID, your password and your account registration are given only to the identity provider, which in this case is Google and the provider then validates your identity to the participating websites.

There are more than one billion OpenID enabled users accounts and more than 50,000 websites accepting OpenID for logins. Many of the popular and widely used websites either issue or accept OpenIDs, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Myspace, Microsoft, AOL etc.

The blogger will supply you with an OpenID, which is listed on this page, you may or may not be able to use this ID for accessing a website depending on whether the trust is established between the two websites, Google and the other website.

Permission

You can make your blog a joint venture, with your friend/spouse or a third party. All you need to do is add the email ID of the person you want to allow to post on your blog by clicking on the "Add Authors" button. A blog can have up to a hundred authors.

You can choose to keep your blog "private" or open to "public" by selecting the appropriate option in "blog readers". Here too, you can select up to a hundred readers to whom you want your blog to be visible. However, if you want fame or make money out of your blog, then it is best to make your blog visible to everybody.

Blogger Layout 

Next under the settings is the layout tab. You have already selected the template earlier, which defines how your blog page appears. When you click on the layout tab, you get a page which looks like the image no.2

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 Also read: How to Create and Publish Blog Post On Blogger

On this page, you can define Page elements, Fonts, and colors, Edit HTML and also change the template when required. Edit HTML tab is for advanced users and should be best left alone, as you already know how to select a template, we will now talk about the other two tabs.

Page Elements 

On this page, you can add and arrange different page Elements, the way you would like them to appear in your blog, which is defined by the framework of the template that you have selected earlier. Simply click and drag the page elements to wherever you want them. The box for the title of the blog and the box for your blog post from the main elements here. New page elements will appear by default and you can add new ones to your liking.

The page, as you saw after publishing your first post, looks bare and to make it interesting and also provide more information/functionality, blogger allows you to useful Gadgets. These may be in the form of latest news, videos, polls, links, lists, images or any other HTML code to showcase widgets, banners or share buttons etc. There are many options to choose from to enhance your blog. You place these Gadgets either in the sidebar, in the header or the footer. Adding gadgets is very easy. Click on the "Add a Gadgets" link which you can see in a box next to blog posts and a new window will open see the image no.3

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Choose any gadget from the list provided to suit your blog and add it. You can select a variety from the Basic Gadgets/ Featured Gadgets/ Most Popular/ More Gadgets or even Add a Gadget of your own. Once you have selected a gadget. For some gadgets like the latest news or videos. You may be asked to provide other inputs like category or search expression. This information helps the provider to narrow down the feed to the required subject or topic. For example, if you put a search expression for the latest news as sports, then only the latest sports news will be displayed on your blog. There are more than 600 gadgets available at the time of writing and it is beyond the scope of this book to list and explain all of them. Feel free to experiment and make your blog interesting as per your liking.

Once you have added a gadget to the specific location you want, by dragging and dropping, don't forget to save your settings by clicking on the save button. You will now be able to view them in your blog. You can also use the preview option, if you like, before finalizing your selection.

Fonts and Colours

This tab allows you to change the font (style) of the text and its color. When you click on the Fonts and Colours tab, the following window opens see image no.4

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On the extreme left is a box with the scroll bar, where you can select the Text of the blog that you want to change the color of, namely; Text Colour, Link Colour, Blog Title Colour, Blog Description Colour, Post Title Colour, Visited Link Colour and Text Fonts etc.

Next to the scroll box, on the right, are the color palettes. After you have selected the text in the box, click on any of the colors you want from the color palette and you will be able to see the effect immediately in the box below. The "edit color hex code" option is for advanced users who can input the hex code of the desired color to get the exact shade that they want.

To change text fonts, select the one that you desire to change from the scroll box and you will get the fonts menu on the right in place of the color palette. Select the appropriate  Font Family, Font Style and the Font Size that you want. After you have made the necessary changes, click on "Save Changes" and you are done.

Monetize

The next tab on the Main Navigation bar is the "Monetize" tab, which allows you to earn money by configuring Google Adsense for your blog. This point will be covered in detail in a later post. See the image no.5

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The image in the figure is how the blog looks in the view blog mode when you are signed in. If you want to go to the layout page from here, you can use the customize link on the top right side of the page, next to where the Sign Out link appears. Once the layout page opens, you will be able to see the entire navigation bar as explained earlier and you can thus make the changes, even when you are viewing the blog. If you arrive at your blog through a search engine result, then a sign in the link will be available for you to login to the blog directly rather than opening the blogger homepage again. This brings us to the end of the "Blogger Basic Settings" chapter and by now you should be able to create your own blog, change the settings to your liking and post content on the blogger.

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