Customizing the Links Section of Your Blogger.com Blog
|Now that you have a good start on your blog, let’s start to customize the individual sections of the blog template. On most of these templates there is a LINKS section which is usually under the ABOUT ME section. This is the place where you will list important links. What makes a link worthy to be added to your blog is up to you. But, taking into account the purpose of your blog and the reason people will visit your blog will help you in choosing which links to add to this section. |
So how do you change the default links to the ones you wish to use? You will do this by changing the HTML code in the template. Log in to your BloggerTM account and let’s get started. Click on the Template tab in the menu at the top of the page which will take you to the Edit Current template section. You will find the HTML code for the template in the box below. Scroll down the code until you reach the LINKS section. You will find it almost at the bottom of the code.
You will need to make two changes to the code for each of the three default links. If you don’t wish to use all three default links, simply delete the links you do not wish to use. (To find out more about the HTML anchor tag used to create these links, follow the link below to the HTML Basics Series.) For the links you will use, you will change the value of the href attribute to the URL of the webpage you wish to link to. Then, you will change the text between the opening and closing anchor tags to the name of that webpage. Let’s start by changing the default link named Google News.
If you want more than these three links in your LINKS section, you will need to create your own. But first, notice the anchor tag for each link is surrounded by an opening and closing <li> list item tag. This is because the links are part of an unordered list. (To find out more about the unordered list and list item tags, follow the link below to the HTML Basics Series.) Because you want the additional links to be aligned with the first three, you will need to use the <li></li> line item tags along with the anchor tags.
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