How do I publish a label page with my static pages?and
How do I link to another blog, in my Pages gadget?and
How do I publish posts in pages?are asked, fairly regularly.
The typical answer, to the question above, has been
You can't index anything but pages, in the Pages gadget. You have to make a custom index bar.Posts are dynamic content, and pages are static content. Posts and pages are simply different blog content. And the standard Pages index gadget only indexes static pages.
Fortunately, a horizontal menu bar, to replace the Pages index gadget, isn't difficult to make. You can see one right now, in my home blog, Nitecruzr Dot Net.
If your blog has a new Designer Template, you may wish to go a bit further, and make a custom Pages Index. With a Designer Template, we simply position a linklist in the Pages Tab Index space, and we get a horizontal menu bar / tabs index with the look and feel of a Pages gadget.
- First (should you ask?), backup your template.
- Go to "Page Elements", and look below the page header space, in the Tabs section. If you do not see a space just below the page header, upgrade your template. The picture below shows what you will want to see. If you have an old blog, with a template created before static pages were released, you'll want to use the Template Designer, and give the blog a nice Designer Template.
- If you have a Pages Index gadget already installed in the template, delete it.
- Position your new linklist where the Pages gadget was (or would be).
- Backup the template, again (yes, do it again)!
- Add more links to the linklist, when you feel the need. It's a linklist, and you hopefully know how to add links to a linklist.
You can see my demonstration in Nitecruzr Buzz. I just took the linklist out of the sidebar, repositioned it as I discuss above, and voila. It took me 2 minutes.
Of course, there are details which should be attended to, any time you tweak a new Blogger feature.
For more detail, see Roberto's Report: New Designer Template and the Tabs Index.
(Update 2011/08): The pages editor, in the New Blogger GUI (2011), now provides us with this option.