Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How to Remove the Navigation Bar from New Blogger Templates

Last winter I posted some instructions for removing the navigation bar from Blogger blogs. Since that time Blogger released a new template designer and slightly modified the code that defines new Blogger templates. This made it easier to customize most Blogger templates, but put the navigation bar back at the top of all blogs. The good news is that it is still easy to remove the navigation bar. I've posted directions in the slideshow below.


Why You Might Want to Remove the Navigation Bar.
The navigation bar that appears by default at the top of Blogger blogs can be useful for searching the content of your blog, but that "next blog" link can potentially lead your students to blogs containing content that is not appropriate for school.

Disclaimer: Before you go and remove the navbar, keep in mind that some people consider removing the navigation bar to be a violation of the Blogger terms of service. That said, it's a gray area as many bloggers have removed the navbar and continue to use Blogger. You can read the TOS and make the decision for yourself.  

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Something a lot of Blogger users aren't aware of is that for just $10/year you can have your own custom domain for your blog. For that $10 not only do you get to drop the .blogspot on your url you get access to all of the Google Apps like custom branded email. You can learn more about that option in this video created by Google.