Skip to main content

Static Pages In A Renamed Blog

It's possible that Blogger takes the term "static", as in "Static Pages", very seriously.

I've been hearing rumours of odd URLs in blogs that are renamed - ie, published under a new URL - where static pages are present. Today, I setup a brief experiment.

You may see the result of my experiment, in my test blog "Nitecruzr Test Pages In Renamed Blog". The blog started out as "". You are welcome to click on that link, if you wish. It won't get you anywhere, though.

After I setup the blog, I published a couple Static Pages - "About Me" and "About This Blog", with a tab bar below the header, as the Pages gadget.

After publishing the pages, I renamed the blog to its current URL "". Do you see the name change?

A very small change, but it's significant.

And now, please examine the blog itself. Observe the URL of the first post, "Lorem Ipsum".

And look at the Pages gadget
Home    About Me    About This Blog

The 3 static links:

That's a problem. What we should have is

Home    About Me    About This Blog

The 3 static links:

So, try it. Click on an link in the first example, above.
The blog you were looking for was not found.

What have we observed?
  • Static Pages get a new URL, when the blog is renamed.
  • The links in the Pages gadget are not changed.
I think somebody has some work to do, yet.

Fortunately, if you know that this oddity exists, it's not hard to correct it. Just delete the Pages gadget. Then go to "Layout", and add a Pages gadget again. The re added Pages gadget will now have links with the correct URLs.

But please, only delete the Pages gadget - please, do not delete the individual pages. It appears that pages are given the same duplication prevention treatment, as are posts. If you delete the pages, you'll end up with suffixed URLs, when you re create the pages.

There is more to consider, when we examine a blog published to a custom domain, and the blog In Transition. We will examine that, later.


Mary said…
What's going to happen when someone else sets up once that name is released again (since you've given it up by renaming your blog)? Will they automatically get those old static pages that didn't get new URLs?

Seems to me that this is just another symptom of Blogger having pushed the "Pages" feature thru far too quickly, without doing a full analysis of what needed to be done.

To start with, the name "Pages" is just daft. It makes a nonsense of years of help-pages that think of pages as collections of posts. No wonder we've got hundreds of people looking for how to make sub-pages!

Secondly, the fact that Pages are not included in the export file is just ridiculous. (Yes - I tested it:
Dudel said…
"Secondly, the fact that Pages are not included in the export file is just ridiculous. (Yes - I tested it:"

Another reason I'm glad to stick with my fake version of static pages. Thanks to some custom code and alterations certain things are set up that making posts after/before X time/date don't have the problems that would otherwise be there.

I'm going to say that its probably better to use the Gerry-rig, right now. If you are willing to learn and/or already know some HTML, that is.
SCR said…
Thank you so much for answering this question for me and for leading me to this site of yours! Your solution worked, and I am very happy to report that my blogger page and all of its links are now completely accurate, thanks to your advice! Such a simple fix, but I never would have figured it out myself. Much Gratitude!
King's Daughter said…
Just a thanks for helping me fix a very irritating problem with my blog!

Popular posts from this blog

What's The URL Of My Blog?

We see the plea for help, periodicallyI need the URL of my blog, so I can give it to my friends. Help!Who's buried in Grant's Tomb, after all?No Chuck, be polite.OK, OK. The title of this blog is "The Real Blogger Status", and the title of this post is "What's The URL Of My Blog?".

Leave Comments Here

Like any blogger, I appreciate polite comments, when they are relevant to the blog, and posted to the relevant article in the right blog. If you want to ask me a question thats relevant to blogging, but you can't find the right post to start with (I haven't written about everything blogger related, yet, nor the way things are going I don't expect to either), ask your questions here, or leave an entry in my guestbook.

As noted above, please note my commenting policy. If you post a comment to this post, I will probably treat it as a "Contact Me" post. If you have an issue that's relevant to any technical issue in the blog, please leave a comment on the specific post, not here. This post is for general comments, and for non posted contact to me.

If the form below does not work for you, check your third party cookies setting!

For actual technical issues, note that peer support in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, or Nitecruzr Dot Net - Blogging is, almos…

What Is "" vs. ""?

With Google Domains registered custom domains becoming more normal, we are seeing one odd attention to detail, expressed as confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.My website uses "" - am I supposed to use "", instead?It's good to be attentive to detail, particularly with custom domain publishing. This is one detail that may not require immediate attention, however.