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Friday, December 05, 2014

Removing Author Information From The Blog

Not everybody likes to be known, everywhere.

Some folks prefer to publish a blog, without their name appearing. Anonymity is a goal, for many blog owners.

Blogs using both Dynamic and non Dynamic (Layout, Designer) templates can be made anonymous - but different tasks are involved. Fortunately, both tasks are simple.

We've been advising how to achieve anonymity, with blogs published to non Dynamic templates, for many years.

Both the Author Name, and Author Profile below the posts, are removed, using the proper selections in "Configure Blog Posts". In the "Post Page Options", the second option (has a modifiable caption, which by default is "Posted by") can be de selected, to remove the name. The twelfth option, "Show Author Profile Below Post", can likewise be de selected.

With a blog published to a Dynamic template, the solution for this need is not obvious - but it's not complicated, either. Use the "Add CSS" wizard, in the Template Designer "Advanced" menu, and add one CSS rule.
.publish-info {display:none !important;}
I advise people to include blank lines before and after the rules being added. If there are other rules, previously added using "Add CSS", with blank lines, you won't necessarily need a second blank line - but you do need one blank line, between each different rule.

There are other tasks needed, to publish a blog anonymously - but removing the name from the blog is one of the most visible changes that you can make.

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Traxy said...

While it's easy to remove the name from the blog site by removing the "Posted by" bit and so on, it doesn't seem as easy to remove it from the RSS feed. As in, it still says who the poster is when looking at posts in a feed reader. So that's a downside.

Chuck Croll said...

Traxy,

Good observation!

The problem of personally identifying details being tightly bound in the blog feed, and not "removeable" is one of the privacy issues that lead Blogger to stop letting people switch their blogs between non dynamic and dynamic views, on the fly.

I've found that some feed details can be cleared / changed if you make the change in the blog, with the feed temporarily disabled. I have not tested this concept extensively, so I can't say, for sure, if this would affect the "name" (which "name", anyway?). If you'd like to chat about this IRT, you can contact me in Google+.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2014/04/loss-of-ability-to-let-reader-choose.html

AnnaMarie said...

I removed the Posted by and also added the CSS thing, they were both very simple to do. But neither one of them worked. When I share to facebook, it still says By AnnaMarie. Any other suggestions? Thank you.

Chuck Croll said...

Hi AnnaMarie,

Thanks for the question. I suspect that I'm not clear on what you're trying to accomplish.

Can you start, from the beginning?

Amita Kapoor said...

Hi thanks for your advice, I had been trying hard to remove posted by and had even tried editing the HTML but of no use. The simple command in Add css did the trick