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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Confusion From Blogs That Use Smart Links In Titles

Some blog owners like to publish blogs that use custom colours, in the titles.

Carefully coordinated colours are important, in some blogs. Both the blog title, and the individual post titles, in many blogs, are clickable link captions. The blog title links to the blog home page, and / or the post titles link to the individual post pages.

Some blog owners get confused, when they try to set the colour of the titles, to a custom colour - and see link colours (which vary according to status), instead of the selected custom colours.

With some templates, both the blog title, and the post titles, may be captions for "smart" links.

A "Smart Link" is clickable, only when it leads to a different page.

With a smart link, the caption is clickable only when you are viewing a page not targeted by the link. When the link is clickable, it becomes subject to the "link" vs "visited link" colour combination.

With a blog that uses a custom colour title, and links in the titles, you will have 4 possible title colours.
  • Custom title colour.
  • Link colour.
  • Visited link colour.
  • Hover colour.

The above colour settings are provided, for some templates, when one uses the Template Designer "Advanced" menu. All settings are not included on all templates - though you can add any needed setting, with a little work.

A post title is clickable, only when the post is viewed on an index page.

With a smart link, the title in question will be a link only when you are not viewing the page that's targeted by the link. The blog title smart link, for instance, will point to the blog home page - and each post title smart link will point to the individual post page.
  • When you are viewing the blog home page, the blog title will not be clickable. Each post title will be clickable link captions.
  • When you are viewing an individual post, the blog title will be a clickable link caption, and the post title will not be clickable.
  • When you are viewing an archive retrieval or label search, both the blog title and posts titles will be clickable link captions.

It appears that the post title smart links are enabled, when the post permalink is part of the published date / time, in the post footer. This option was common, with older templates; with some (but not all) Layout and Designer templates, it may also be available.

If the post permalink is not provided in the post footer link, it appears that "smart" links may not be an option.

If you don't want the "smart link" colour action, you can add a CSS rule, and make page / post titles a consistent colour.

h3.post-title {
color:#000000;
}

This will, for instance, make all titles black. Be observant, though - and make sure that this works, consistently, for you!

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