Thursday, November 29, 2012

blog tip: Test Blog

It can be be very handy to have a separate test blog available. When you want to use something new in your side bar, a widget, or a picture, or some code in your template, or a new design, or another font,  you can try it out in your test blog before applying it in your main blog.

To do this you can start a new blog, give it a name, and make sure it won't show up in your profile:

Go to your profile page (by clicking on your avatar)
Click on Edit Profile
Click on Select blogs to display
Make sure your test blog is not marked

To avoid the blog showing up in Google search results go to the dashboard of your test blog and go to Settings. Here you can edit the privacy settings.

next episode: Monsieur Schmit


  1. That's very cool to know. I actually already have one, that was my first blog, before I really ever posted much, and I have used it from time to time for tests like you said. But I had really forgotten about it, until you reminded me. I do want to change my header photo but I've had problems so now I can try out my other blog! Thanks so much!

  2. I've got a test blog too....
    Very handy if I'm messing with layout, because if I do anything drastic over there, and it's a mess, only I know about it, and my regular readers are allowed to continue in the illusion that I know what I'm doing.

    Here's another very useful thing to know:
    Ever get paranoid about losing your blog? You can back it up online for free with
    Phew! that saved me once...
    And you can get it made into a book! or pdf file, ready to print. I store an archive version this way, but I can't afford to print it all, ha, it would cost too much in paper and ink!


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