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Setting a Static Front or Main Page in Blogger
By: Codex-M
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    2009-04-20

    Table of Contents:
  • Setting a Static Front or Main Page in Blogger
  • Google Classic Blogger Template Structure and Code
  • Formulating the Code to Edit the Template
  • Implementation and Testing of the Code

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    Blogger (Blogspot) does not have a static front page feature, unlike WordPress. This means that it will change from time to time when there is a new post added to the blog. There are reasons to prefer a static front page, however. This article will explain, and show you how to set up such a page in Blogger.

    In Blogger, by default, the front page shows the latest post, and displays a maximum of seven posts.  This number can be changed in the Settings-Formatting section somewhere in the Blogger Dashboard control panel.

    You need a static main page for the following reasons: 

    1. Marketing and Branding. The front page is the landing page for most visitors, so if a blog needs to convince its users of something, a static front page is very useful for showing consistent information. This technique can be used to provide complete, consistent and static information about what the blog can offer.

    2. Avoiding duplicate content. From an SEO perspective, a structure that displays the same information on the front page, post page and archive page creates duplicate content issues that can affect site rankings and confuse visitors in finding relevant information on the site.

    3. Professionalism. A static front page makes the blog look professional. Most users are accustomed to seeing static front pages for businesses and other professional or respectable organizations, and will be able to relate that to your blog. 

    In WordPress, it is very easy to set a static front page, unlike in Blogger. On the Blogger platform, providing a static front page calls for editing the template.

    The objective of this article is to show you how to edit the Classic Blogger Template to show a static front page. Please note that these techniques will only work on templates running in the Classic version of Blogger.

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