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Basics of Blogger’s Dashboard Settings

Blog software, as a rule, is quite customizable. As the owner of the blog, you can decide a number of things about the way your blog looks and works, and you can control those elements from the control panel — called the Dashboard in Blogger — of your blog software.

Most blog software packages work quite similarly, and if you know how Blogger works, you can make the most of any other software.

Blogger divides its settings into several areas: Basic, Posts and Comments, Mobile and Email, Language and Formatting, Search Preferences, and Other.

You access all the Blogger settings via the Blogger Dashboard. (In other blog software packages, this area is called the control panel, the admin panel, and so on.) To reach the Dashboard, just log in to the Blogger website. If you're already logged in, look for a link to the Dashboard in the upper-left corner of any page and click it. This link is the Blogger icon.

The Dashboard shows all the blogs that you've started with Blogger. For each blog, you can quickly start a new post, view your blog, or jump into other areas. A single click takes you into the blog settings, or to the template or layout that you're using.

How to make basic changes to your blog

From the Basic Settings area, you can change the name of your blog (Blogger refers to this name as the blog title) as well as give it a short description. Most of the Blogger templates display the description near the top of the page.

Even if you change the title on your blog page, the URL that readers type into a browser to visit your blog stays the same, but you can also change the URL.

You can also add authors to your blog — people who can also contribute blog posts, creating a group blog. To add someone as an author, you simply need that person's e-mail address.

If you aren't happy with the web address for your blog, you can edit the address by changing the Blog*Spot Address setting. For instance, if you start a blog called my New Kitten, Maggie, and your cat grows up, you might want to edit both the name and the location of your blog. Use the Publishing tab to change the URL. For example, you can change

http://mynewkittenmaggie.blogspot.com

into

http://mygrownupcatmaggie.blogspot.com

You can change your address only to one that another Blogger member isn't already using, so you may have to make several tries before you find one that's available.

Although you can make changes to the URL of your blog, remember that doing so means that no one can access your blog from the previous address, so anyone who has bookmarked your blog or memorized the address can't reach you after you make the change.

How to make e-mail changes to your blog

On the Mobile and Email settings page, you can turn on a cool feature that allows you to post to your blog by sending an e-mail message. When it's configured, you can simply send an e-mail to the address from any device capable of sending e-mail (such as your smartphone!).

The subject of the e-mail becomes the title of the blog post, and the text of the e-mail is the entry body. It's a very quick, easy way to publish to your blog, which makes it great for when you're traveling.

To set up an e-mail address to be used to send a post to your Blogger blog, click the Mobile and Email Settings tab and fill out the Posting Using Email text box. Be sure to save the settings and test to make sure that it works!

In the Mobile and Email page, you can enter an e-mail address in the Comment Notification text box at which you want to receive notification when someone leaves a comment on your blog. This setting helps you keep track of comments left on your blog, especially when you have a lot of old posts on which you might not see comments when you view your blog.

You can also set up your phone with Blogger so that you can post using SMS/MMS. This is especially cool for photo bloggers who use their phones to capture images.

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