54 How to create an "Admin Control Panel" in your layout
September 22, 2008 /

For those of us who hide the Blogger nav-bar, it can be awkward to access our Blogger dashboards to create a new post, change settings or customize the layout of our blogs.

So after a bit of brainstorming, I realized how we could add an "Admin control panel" to our Blogger template, which is only visible to the administrators of a blog (and not to regular readers).

You can read my method and instructions in full over at BloggingTips.com, where I write regular posts about Blogger and blog design. I hope this article will be useful for many of you! Please let me know your opinions about this post by leaving a comment here or at Blogging Tips where you can read through the archives of Blogger tutorials and enjoy loads of other tips about blogging.

Author: Amanda Kennedy

Amanda is a professional blogger and web designer living in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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    1. I enjoy you because of all of your labor on this blog

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  3. Cool hack...:)

    Hey Amanda I designed a template: http://asknithin.blogspot.com/ can u add mine to your friday templates listings...:)

    Please reply...

  4. wow...its cool! i will try it!

    your blog very inspired me!

  5. Ok Thank Amanda, I want to try.... Can u Help me to Create [ New Article/ recent Post with Could,]..? thanks.. before.

  6. I know of another way to get to the dashboard, easy too. Log in to the Google account that the blog(s) is/are associated with. Then just go to "blogger.com". Since you are technically logged in, you automatically reach your account dashboard.

  7. That's really cool. Hey but I heard on the discussion group that romoving nav basr is against the blogger TOS. I am afraid. Is it really safe to remove nav bar?

  8. Hi Amanda,

    Thanks for you blog, heaps of helpful info.
    I'ds like to know more about how I can add a top commentators list to automatically measure who is my top commentator. Any suggestions?

    Have and awesome day.

  9. I know this is unrelated but it's the quickest way to get in contact with you.

    Is it possible for you to use your influence to get blogger to add categories?

    look: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b5/WordPress_Administration.png

    Categories are the ONLY thing keeping me from fully moving to blogger. I'd try to get a campaign started but I don't have as many visitors. Come on, help your fellow bloggers out!

  10. http://help.blogger.com/?page=wishlist

    I just sent the following:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b5/WordPress_Administration.png <- Notice, there's a section for tags AND a for categories! Blogger needs categories. I'm still using Livejournal due to the lack of categories. Heck, 1up them and do nested cats.

  11. I shows errors while previewing as it has problems with format of the tags please fix it. T

  12. Amanda,
    Thannx for this. I was being dumb and putting it below the sidebar entry. Once I put it above like you clearly state it worked great. Thank you!

  13. Thank For Your Article... is very good,I like'id

  14. GREAT!!!
    Thx alot Amanda, I'm looking for this tip.
    U hava GREAT job! keep moving..

  15. Amanda I just recently bought a domain name for my blog but now after I added a .com I can't see my admin control panel and also all the edit tools. I see the blog like I'm just a visitor. Is this normal or is there a way I can change it back to normal?

  16. Hi,i am strucking with problem,
    that all my posts are displayed in same single window,
    how can i make new posts to open in its own window,or
    to display single posts per page.

    Please help me, see my site and tell how to change the settings www.mdmindia.blogspot.com

  17. Hi, i need your help,
    pls tell me how to show one posts per page.
    All my posts are shown on same page,but i want to display each posts in its own.
    How can i do that,
    any one help me. Pls...

  18. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rOPCAiSst6E/SYK-5I28FKI/AAAAAAAAAo8/Xm21sD7Wt2M/S450/alf.jpg


  19. You are brilliant thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Hiya Amanda..
    I've tried visiting the site bloggingtips but i keep getting an error.. probs?

  21. Thanks so much I was able to add this - what a timesaver it will be to not have to switch back and forth all the time.

  22. Hi ...

    I got a code from blogger login page and made it as my blog widget .

    Hope you can take a look and maybe can make it perfect , becouse I don't understand CSS or Script cade well .

    Here is my blog address and instruct how to make login panel in blooger page .


    Sorry about the article in chinese , becouse I am chinese from Taiwan ...

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