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Chapter 2. writing your blog > Link to Another Blog p. 16

Link to Another Blog p. 16

  • If you use a browser that doesn't offer an add link button, you can write the HTML code manually. Type <a href="url"> before the linked text and then </a> after it. It should look something like this when you're done:

    <a href="http://www.site.com/target.html">linked text</a>

    Make sure to use straight quotes, and don't forget the http://.

  • Each time you publish a post, Blogger does three things: it adds the new post to your main blog page, it updates the archive page if necessary, and it creates a separate, independent post page whose sole job is to display that new blog post (and any comments it may receive). Because the main page of a blog is subject to frequent updating, using the blog's main URL for linking to the current post will only work until a new entry is posted. Instead, if you want to link to a specific blog entry, you should link to the post page, whose URL will not change. Such a link is called a permalink.

  • Currently, Blogger creates a permalink out of the timestamp in the byline at the end of each post. If you allow comments, the link to the comments in the byline is also a permalink. In older versions of Blogger, the link was labeled Permalink, as in the example. In some blogging software, permalinks are identified with a hash sign (#).

  • The URL of a post page will change (and thus the permalink will be less than permanent), if you change a post's title, month, or year.

  • If you disable post pages on the Settings | Archiving page, your blog's permalinks will change since the post pages will no longer exist. When you disable post pages, Blogger keeps all your current posts on the main page and creates a separate page for each set of archived posts. In this case, if you change the archiving frequency (see page 53), the permalinks will change.



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