Monday, November 10, 2008

The Navbar Is Optional

The question whether the Navbar is a requirement, in all blogs hosted by Blogger / Google ("Blog*Spot and Custom Domain"), has been asked repeatedly, and debated by many bloggers, for years. Today, Blogger has finally provided an authoritative answer.
While we don't recommend or support the removal of the Blogger navbar, there is nothing in our Terms of Service that explicitly mandate its use.

As far as actually doing it, it requires just a simple 5 minute template edit (10 minutes, including backing up the template, twice).

I will, however, point out that, if you publish your blog for people other than you to read, you will probably have happier readers if you leave the navbar in place. As time goes on, and Blogger improves the navbar, you'll find more and more reasons why removing it is just not a good idea.

It's your blog - but it's your readers blogs, too.

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7 comments:

RAV TUX said...

Awesome since both my blogger blogs I have done away with the unsightly Nav-Bar:

http://www.ravtux.org/

http://www.lagomorphs.org/

Reference the two above both without Nav-Bars.

RAV TUX

Jesse Crouch said...

thanks for posting this. probably wouldn't have found it otherwise. surprised to see the blogger navbar still on your blog though.

Mrs. Ricketts said...

how do I get the navbar back

Chuck said...

To get the navbar back, you remove the code that you added, that made it go away.

Carol said...

Just wanted it gone to protect my son from going to sites that might not be good for him.

DKSmall said...

I got rid of the navbar because everytime I used the Next Blog feature, I was sent to one in another language or more often than not, a commercial site (not a real blog).

dbdb said...

Very impressed that you allow removal. It's the sign of a good product and of a supplier that trusts its users and will be around a long time. Not like Geocities (spit).