20. Editing Existing Posts
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
15 Creating a Post Using the Blogger Editor in Compose Mode
16 Creating a Post Using the Blogger Editor in Manual Mode
20. Editing Existing Posts
If you write a post and save it in draft mode, or even if you have already published a post and want to add or modify its text, you can navigate the Edit Posts menu to select a specific post to edit. Somewhat counterintuitively, the quickest way to get to the Edit Posts menu is to click the New Post icon in the Blogs section of the Blogger Dashboard. From there, click the Edit Posts subnavigation item. Steps 15 detail some of the actions you can take in this interface.
Control the Number of Entries on the Page
You can use the two visible drop-down menus to determine how many posts you want to show in the Edit Posts menu. You can select 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, or 300 posts from the first drop-down list, and Everything, Drafts, or Current in the second drop-down list. So, if you want to show only the first five posts saved as drafts, in descending order by date, you would select 5 and Drafts from the drop-downs and click the Go button. Current posts are those that are published, and Everything includes both draft and published posts.
Search for a Post
If you want to search for a particular post by keyword, enter the keyword in the Search text field and click the Go button. Only those posts matching your keyword will be displayed in the Edit Posts list. This is a particularly handy search tool because it also matches bits of code that you have typed along with your post text. For instance, suppose that you have linked to a specific URL in several of your posts, but you know for a fact that the URL has changed. You can use the search interface to look for the string <a href="http://www.oldaddress.com">, which you can then replace manually in each post.
Delete a Saved Post
The Edit Posts list also provides you with an option to delete a particular post. To delete a post, click the Delete link. This action will take you to a confirmation page to ensure that you really want to delete the post and didn't accidentally click the Delete link.
View a Published Post
To view a post that has been published, click the View link for that post in the Edit Posts list. The View link will open a new browser window, showing the post as it appears on your blog.
You can also view a draft or published post in Preview mode by clicking the right-pointing arrow next to the post title in the Edit Posts interface. The content of the post, lacking any style sheetbased design, will dynamically appear in the Edit Posts interface so that you can get a quick idea of the content you've written to determine whether you need to click through to the post editor.
Click to Edit a Post
To launch the Blogger editor to edit a particular post, click the Edit button next to the name of the post you want to edit.
Post Editor Is Prepopulated with Text
After the Blogger editor is launched, the original post title and text will populate their respective areas of the editor. From this point you can use the Blogger editor in Compose or Manual mode to edit your post as if you were writing it for the first timeall editor features are available to you.
Additional Comment-Related Setting Is Available
If Blogger commenting is enabled for your blog, the Blogger editor will include an option for allowing reader comments on a post-by-post basis. You can select the radio button next to Yes if you would like readers to be able to comment on your post, and the radio button next to No if you would like comments to be closed. When editing a post that has been published, one additional feature will be available to you: No & Hide Existing Comments. Select this radio button to close comments for this post and hide any comments that have been left through the Blogger commenting interface.
Select Next Action
When you finish editing your post, you can either save it or publish the post as if you were creating it for the first time. If you want to save your post in draft format so that you can put the finishing touches on it at a later date, click the Save as Draft button. If you are ready to publish your post to the masses, click the Publish Post button.