Thursday, February 10, 2011

Your blog, on a diet

This is your blog, on a diet.

Blogger automatically pagenates your blog pages based on size. Exceed 500 kb, and Blogger continues your blog onto an archive page.

This feature (or bug if you prefer) is not going away. You can't disable it, but you can manage it.
  • Consider strategic use of the jump break to fit more posts per page. Put most of your large content, such as photos, behind the break, where it won't count against your 500 kb. Write an engaging lead that draws readers in, then jump!
  • The 500-kb limit applies to all dynamic pages, including relative archive pages (older, newer), but not to absolute archive pages (e.g. January 2010).
  • The limits do not apply to static pages, so if you have a gallery of many photos park them on a static page and link to it from a sidebar gadget, navigation tab, or regular post.
  • Think you can get around the limit? Think again. The "Show At Most" setting for your blog will let you override 500-kb per page, but only by making it smaller.
  • Regardless of size, Blogger will always let you show at least one post per page.
Clicking to see more content is the way of the world, not the end of the world, on the internet. Were your blog not paginated, readers would still have to scroll down to keep reading it.

Is there really a huge difference between clicking a link ("Older posts") versus clicking a scroll bar?

Your blog, on a diet

This is your blog, on a diet.

Blogger automatically pagenates your blog pages based on size. Exceed 500 kb, and Blogger continues your blog onto an archive page.

This feature (or bug if you prefer) is not going away. You can't disable it, but you can manage it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blog-page length

Write a post, and it will show up at the top of your blog page. Keep writing posts, and eventually your posts will spill over into archive pages, with links to older posts at the break.

Two things determine where that break is--and you only control one of them.

First, you can limit the number of posts per page using the Show At Most setting at Settings > Posts and comments.

Second, Blogger limits the size of your blog page based on kilobytes of data served. The limit seems to be around 500 kb, counting every blog element, such as photos, slide shows, and sidebar bling.

Blogger always allows at least one post per page. Otherwise if your page exceeds the limit Blogger will bump posts to archived pages so that only the most recent 500 kb are left.

As you can tell by phrases like "Blogger limits" and "Blogger will bump," this is not something that you can opt out of or override.

Both of these limits--the setting that you control and the 500-kb limit that you don't, are ceilings. Both apply, which means your limit or Blogger's, whichever is smaller.

You can't override Blogger's limit with Show At Most, except to make pages shorter.

Blogger calls this auto pagenation, though many disgruntled bloggers had a few other choice words for it when introduced in early 2010.

At the time Blogger touted the benefits to blog authors of optimizing load times, but the policy also conserves use of Blogger's servers, which was surely a consideration.

Update: Although you can't turn auto pagenation off, you can manage it.

Blog-page length

Write a post, and it will show up at the top of your blog page. Keep writing posts, and eventually your posts will spill over into archive pages, with links to older posts at the break.

Two things determine where that break is--and you only control one of them.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Limiting posts per page

Bloggers with administrative privileges can limit the number of posts per page at Settings > Posts and comments > Show at most.

This setting lets you control the size of dynamic pages.

Sort of.

"Show at most" sets an absolute ceiling on the number of posts per page, up to 500. You can also specify a limit based on a number of days, as in "all posts in a 7-day period"--up to 500 posts.

Blogger put posts in excess of your limit on a subsequent archive page--or pages.

The limit you set applies not only to the main blog page, but also to relative archive pages (but not to absolute ones). Oddly, label-search and other search pages seem to be governed by a 20-post-per-page limit, see discussion in the comments below.

However, the setting does not disable Blogger's own 500-kb limit on the size of pages. Both of these limits apply: yours and Blogger's, whichever results in the smaller page.

Limiting posts per page

Bloggers with administrative privileges can limit the number of posts per page at Settings > Posts and comments > Show at most.

This setting lets you control the size of dynamic pages.

Sort of.