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Link Your Blog, Using A Dynamic Template, To A Non Dynamic Page In Your Blog

The dynamic templates have been available for just over 3 months, and for all their usefulness, there are a number of identified deficiencies. We see, every week, naive questions about one well known deficiency.
How do I add a bloglist (Followers gadget, labels index, popular posts, what have you...) gadget to my blog, with it using a dynamic template?
Adding gadgets to a dynamic template display just won't be a simple project. Not to be facetious, but there is really no space on the screen, for an accessory bar (also known as a sidebar). The dynamic views dynamically fill all horizontal space.

Lack of popular gadgets, like Followers, are a major shortcoming for many blog owners, who are considering using a dynamic template for their blog. Many blog owners like the Followers gadget - and can't bear the idea of having their blog without its ability to build their reader community. Other gadgets, similarly unavailable, cause disappointment also.

It's possible that Blogger is hard at work redesigning the dynamic template display, and creating a space for an accessory bar. Until they do that, though, you may be able to have gadgets like Followers - if not on the first page of a dynamic template, possibly on a Pages link.

If you create a Pages gadget, using the New GUI Pages editor, you can add a link to any URL in the blog, in the Pages gadget. If you can do that, you can add a pair of links to the home page - one explicitly targeting the non dynamic URL, a second targeting a dynamic URL (your chosen default view). The first links your blog, using a dynamic view, to a page containing all of your missing gadgets; the second links back to the dynamic view.

The Layout menu entry is not available, when the blog is published to a dynamic template. If not already present, you'll have to add the Pages gadget, with the blog published to a non dynamic template.

As an alternate to the two links, you can force a new tab / window, for the non dynamic link. With the non dynamic view opening in a new tab / window, there's no need to link back - so you need only one link.

Here's a link to my test blog.
http://nitecruzrtestnew.blogspot.com

Here's a link to the home page of my test blog, non dynamic, added to the Pages gadget.
Home (Non Dynamic)

Here's a link to the home page of my test blog, dynamic, added to the Pages gadget.
Home (Dynamic)

Here's how the latter two links were constructed.

Here's a link to the home page of my test blog, non dynamic, added to the Pages gadget.
http://nitecruzrtestnew.blogspot.com/?v=0

Here's a link to the home page of my test blog, dynamic, added to the Pages gadget.
http://nitecruzrtestnew.blogspot.com/view/sidebar

Here's a link to the home page of my test blog, non dynamic, opening in a new tab / window, added to the Pages gadget.
http://nitecruzrtestnew.blogspot.com/?v=0 target="_blank"

Click on any of the links, and see what you get. It was simpler to do it, than to write about it.

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