Thursday, December 01, 2011

External Links On Pages Gadget Point To Home Page Of Blog

Today, we're getting a few reports in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, from blog owners who setup blog clusters, with the cluster members linked using tabs in the Pages gadget - who suddenly found their clusters unlinked.
The different page tabs on my blog redirect to my same blog!

You can see the problem, in my demonstration blog. The tab marked "Indra" should redirect to "officialcommunities.blogspot.com" - instead, it redirects to the home page of that same blog "nitecruzrtestnew.blogspot.com".


When I look at the Pages editor, I see New Page › Web Address.When you look at my blog, you see
We have almost a dozen forum discussions, all reporting this same problem. We now have a rollup discussion, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, where details are requested.
  • What is the URL of the blog?
  • Taking any non working link in your Pages gadget as an example, what is the label, and the correct link target?
  • Using Pages editor, what target do you see, for that link?
  • Are you using Classic GUI Pages editor, or New GUI Pages editor?
  • When did you first observe this problem?
  • When did you, previously, not notice this problem?
  • What did you change, between #4 and #5?
  • What browser do you use, when using Pages editor?

I was able to contact Blogger Support, so they are aware of the problem, and are working on it.


(Update 2011/12/04): We are receiving reports that the problem has been resolved. Thanks to the Blogger Engineers who worked long hours to fix this one.
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12 comments:

Heather said...

Hi, I noted a 4 December post on your blog reports the issue with external links has been resolved - I've experienced the same issue twice since then. Can you offer any advice on a permanent fix? The two blogs I'm cross-linking between are:

http://the-nicolls.blogspot.com/

http://seasprint-ships-log.blogspot.com/

The Ship's Log tab in Nicolls@Sea should link to the log. Home, Trip Map and About Seasprint tabs (currently removed) should link to the three Nicolls@Sea pages.

I've put a clumsy workaround in but am v. keen to fix it. Many thanks!

mack. said...

Any word on when this will be fixed? It worked a few days ago, and now it's not linking properly again. :(

sitebymack.blogspot.com

Gabe & Bonnie Ledford said...

It's baaaack! (12-21-11) Started affecting one link yesterday, today it's all of them. Think you could notify whomever you did last time?

-Gabe
http://ledford-sojourn.blogspot.com
http://ledford-moments.blogspot.com

Gerry Regan or Alannah Ryane Social Media Manager said...

We just noticed it today.

The page on http://www.thewildgeeseblog.blogspot.com that links to our other blogger blog http://www.thewildgeesegenealogy.blogspot.com is just pointing to it's home page And vice/versa. The page that links to our WEBSITE DOES work. It used to work perfectly

Talmage Hansen said...

I didn't notice this problem when it happened (as I wasn't interacting with my blog) but I have noticed it now. so what is the fix? Here is my info:

0. What is the URL of the blog?
http://robertemersongibson.blogspot.com/
1. Taking any non working link in your Pages gadget as an example, what is the label, and the correct link target?
Original Journal
http://regoriginaljournal.blogspot.com/
2. Using Pages editor, what target do you see, for that link?
3. Are you using Classic GUI Pages editor, or New GUI Pages editor?
4. When did you first observe this problem?
Today. December 27, 2011
5. When did you, previously, not notice this problem?
Probably November or October
6. What did you change, between #4 and #5?
Nothing.
7. What browser do you use, when using Pages editor?
Google Chrome

Miguel Solano-Romagosa said...

As of today, the problem is still present on my blog, I want to redirect to http://hallic7.blogspot.com/ and the link takes visitors to http://hallic7-eng.blogspot.com/

Angryhatter said...

This is now occurring again now.
Is there anything we as users can put in place to sort it rather than waiting for the blogger team to sort it out?
Its a fairly important section of my blog as it allows me to link together my various work.

Chuck Croll said...

This is now occurring again now.
Is there anything we as users can put in place to sort it rather than waiting for the blogger team to sort it out?


Hatter,

You can use an HTML equivalent of the tabs bar, if you wish.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2010/04/static-pages-and-custom-pages-index.html

mack. said...

I think the fastest and easiest way is to use the Link List gadget instead of the Pages Gadget.
Leave your pages intact, add the Link List gadget and add the links to your pages in the order you prefer. In Layout, move the Link List gadget beneath your Pages Gadget. Check the page to see if it has worked correctly and is styled the same as your Pages gadget. Go back to layout and remove the Pages Gadget.

Hope this helps.
I've had to do this on many of my sites and I haven't had a problem since!

http://sitebymack.blogspot.com

Talmage Hansen said...

Thank you Chuck Croll. I was waiting around for Blogger to fix the problem with the pages tab, but this is a much better solution.

James M. Tate said...

This same thing is happening to my blogs. This is horrible. If it was fixed then broke again, I guess that's a good thing because at least they'll TRY to fix it. But this needs to be fixed. BTW I think this is ONLY happening with DYNAMIC VIEWS. Why on earth doesn't BLOGGER mention this problem on Twitter!!!!????!!!!

My blog:

www.cultfilmfreakreviews.blogspot.com

Chuck Croll said...

James,

Actually, we've seen this problem both in dynamic and non dynamic templates. The problem is apparently in the code behind the Pages gadget - not in the template itself.