Saturday, April 14, 2012

Blogger Limits: Pages - Dynamic And Static

We see periodic evidence of the confusion about the differences between dynamic and static pages, expressed as limit uncertainties in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?.
How many pages can I have in my blog?
and
Why can't I have more than 20 tabs in my top menu bar?
The Pages editor manages dynamic and static pages so transparently, not everybody realises where the limits are.

(Update 2014/11): This limit has been relaxed - but it does not appear to be gone, entirely.

Blogger has limited the number of static pages - Pages entries created as "Blank page", by the Pages editor in the New GUI.

The limit on static pages is a resource issue. Static pages require specific resources, pre allocated to every blog - and increasing the number of static pages, like increasing the limit on number of labels, would have to be made to all blogs. Such resources are limited, just as everything is limited, in some way.

Learn the different possibilities for dynamic and static pages - and your blog has a virtually limitless potential for expansion.

Even if you can have only up to 20 static pages, you can index an unlimited amount of dynamic pages, using the Pages gadget, and adding "Web address" entries. You are limited only by the space used by the blog header tabs, or by the sidebar based gadget.
  • Individual posts.
  • Label searches.
  • Archive indexes.
  • Other blogs and websites.
There is no limit, for dynamic pages. Those items are dynamic, because once you add a dynamic entry, it links to content that is constantly changing, without the need to use the Pages editor.

So understand the differences between dynamic and static pages - and know where the limits are, and where they are not.

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10 comments:

Ankit Shah said...

nice thing !

i didn't knew that.

Muzaffar Munasir said...

This is what I need. Thanks man. Very informative.

Rome said...

Hey Thanks!

Graham Dragon said...

This is very helpful, thank you. I came across it while looking for info on the naming conventions Blogger uses for the page URL, and I still cannot find anything on this. Maybe you or your readers can help. I know it is of the form "blogname/blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/article-name.html", where 2012/09 will change depending on the month published. By trial and error I have found the limit on "article-name" seems to be 35 charcaters. But there seem to be other limits too, which make it difficult for me to predict what the page name will be. For example it seems to leave out any definite or indefinite articles. But the most recent case which has really confused me is it interpreted my blog title "Learning from a Toddler" as "learning-from-toddler_9", whereas I had expected it to be "larning-from-toddler". Is there a complete list of rules to which I can refer?

Chuck Croll said...

Graham,

No, there is no comprehensive article - because I have no figured out, reliably, what all of the rules are. I've identified specific features, though.

The suffix "_9" is duplication prevention.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2009/08/blogging-directory-and-url-structure.html

Jameela said...

Hi

ive been reading your posts and i think you got the answers i need but im affraid i'm not following... (totally new to Blogger and blogs in general).
What i'd like to do is to create another page like the home page (i think that's what you call dynamic page) so that i can start afresh with a new topic where i would like to add regular posts (plural), just like in the home page, not the static page where you can only have 1 post (even though you can add to it).
Is that possible? if so, how? in totally newby language please?
Thank you so much

The Sun and the Turtle said...

Hi! First off great posts and blog that you have. Very nice examples and explanations. I have a questing regarding the limits of the "homepage". currently i can only get the 6 last post to show there even if i change the max-results to more via the post settings. I am using a jump-link to show a summary of the post on the homepage. The strange thing is that that on the archive pages "blog-pager" it can show atleast up to 50 posts. Do you know why this is happening?
All the best,

-John

Tito Dutta said...

Most probably I'll need more than 20 pages.

All I can can think at this moment is using posts as page, please see: http://www.swamivivekanandaquotes.org/2013/12/project-page-featured-articles.html

Please tell me about disadvantages of using a post as a page. The two disadvantage I can see at this moment— a) the linkWithin gadget will wrongly include that project page and b)such page may get included in popular posts. Anything else?

Chuck Croll said...

Tito,

Blogs with posts published to dynamic pages will probably have the same advantages and disadvantages as posts published to the "main" page.

Label search pages ("dynamic" pages) are the same as archive (date retrieval), or main page - they are all called "index" pages.

If you use Jump Break consistently, the index pages won't have a lot of post content - and should not get indexed by the search engines.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2011/11/jump-break-main-page-contents-and.html

Chuck Croll said...

Tito,

Here is my comparison of pages (static pages) and posts (dynamic pages).

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2013/12/what-are-differences-between-pages-and.html