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Blogger Basics: An Introduction To Your Blogger Dashboard

Published on: Thursday, 21 May 2020 ✦ Updated on: 2020-05-21T15:47:39Z

the all new responsive blogger dashboard

If you have just started your blog on the blogger platform and you know nothing about it, this post is for you. If you are thinking about starting a blog, I have some other tutorials for you.

NOTE : this blog post is for the new blogger dashboard. If you're looking for a post about the old dashboard, please stay tuned. Once it is live, I will update this article with a link to that post.


blogger dashboard introduction


By the end of this post, you will be confident in your way around the blogger dashboard. You'll know about all the settings available to you in the dashboard that you can use to manage your blog easily.

To make this blog post easy to understand I have divided the blogger dashboard into four sections, the top section, left section, middle section and the right section.

We will be covering in detail what buttons and features each of these sections have.

Top Section


blogger dashboard top section

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Starting from the hamburger menu (≡) on the very left: Clicking on this button will collapse the navigational tabs on the left (Which is also called the main menu). These tabs lead to other places inside the dashboard, by default the posts tab is open every time you log in to your blogger dashboard.

Then you'll see the blogger logo along with the text letting you know you are in the blogger dashboard currently.

There is a search box located in the middle of the top section. If you would like to search for anything such as a post, whether published or not you can use this. You can even search by typing the post name or some of the words that are present in the post name. For a more detailed search guide, read this post from Google.

Next, you'll see a grey circle with a question mark, this is specifically to help you understand how you can use the search box more effectively. It leads directly to the post I linked above. It's always there and easy to access so that you can look it up for reference whenever you need.

Moving on you'll see another question mark, this question mark serves a different purpose. You can access two places using this button. You can enter the blogger help forum (this is where normal blogger users volunteer to help each other with blogger related problems.

I myself am a blogger product expert in the forum, you can check me out here.) or you can send feedback directly to blogger about an issue or general features/updates you might want to see (for example, password-protected pages and posts is a great feature blogger blogs don't have, you can send in this request in the feedback telling blogger you want this feature and how it would be beneficial for you).

INFO : The same button is used for Help and Feedback, remember, help takes you to the support forum and feedback lets you send any feedback. Also, please don't expect blogger to respond to your feedback. It is only for sending feedback.


Unfortunately, there is no "customer care" available for blogger. There is no contact number you can use where someone from their support team will get in touch with you.

That is why I started the dedicated blogger section on this blog. I wanted to help you, the information on this blog, to the best of my capabilities is accurate, tried and tested. And it's all free. So I encourage you to add this blog to your reading list or signing up to receive blog posts directly in your inbox. Just so you're always in the loop about the latest about blogger, tutorials and obviously ways to use your blogger blog by taking it to the next level.

I'm here to help you with your issues on your blogger blog. I'm a real person you can talk to with years of experience using the blogger platform. I try to give out as much free information as possible. If you need me to help you troubleshoot, or look into something for you one on one, you can have a look at my services here.


The Left Section


blogger dashboard left section

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Not much has changed in the left section. For the most part, it remains the same. Let's take a look at the few changes there have been before we get into what each button is for:
  • The help and feedback button which had previously been relocated to the left navigational menu, is no longer there. This button has now been moved to the top section as mentioned above.
  • And addition has been made in the form of a new button, this button is called, "Back to Classic Blogger" all blogs using the new blogger are able to switch back to the classic editor if that's what they prefer. 

NOTE : The classic blog editor is not mobile responsive, unlike the new blogger.

The left section of your blogger dashboard serves the purpose of helping you navigate around the blogger content management system.

First, you'll be able to see the name of your blog, and then right underneath you'll see the link to view your live site.

Then you'll see the navigational menu laid out in a clean manner, you have all the tabs you'll need to make the most of your blog. This navigational menu is always visible by default unless you click the hamburger menu (≡) in the top section.

Right underneath the navigational menu tabs, you'll see the Reading List tab. This tab allows you to read other people's blog, it's easy to follow blogs you like and you can stay updated anytime, anywhere.

Then a small button is located to help you go back to the classic (old version) of blogger if needed.

The middle section


middle section of the new blogger dashboard explained

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  • You can now see the small arrow on the top with the number of posts you have on your blog. This arrow is a filter and if you click on it, you'll be able to sort blog posts on the basis of, All, Draft, Published and Scheduled.
  • Then blog posts are visible, now will notice that the status of the blog post is now visible in this section instead of being in the right. The way the labels where shown have also been improved upon. Personally, I prefer this. It also tells you the number of labels on each post now.
You'll see an image (if you've added an image to your blog post) thumbnail, otherwise, you'll see the first letter of your blog post title.  you'll also see the title of your post, labels and date of creation in the middle section. 

The Right Section


dashboard right section new blogger explained

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  • You'll notice many changes here. You'll see the number of comments and views have changed in design. Now, there is a number in front of the icons respectively. 
  • Other than that you'll also see an "eye" icon, which you can use to preview the post (this used to be in the middle section before). 
  • There are three dots, once you click them you'll be able to see three options, Discard (Trash/Delete), Apply Label and Publish.
  • Your image and author name are also shown in this section.
I hope you've enjoyed this detailed, in-depth tutorial and it will help you adapt to the new blogger in a  guided way. 


There are many more changed sections in the new blogger dashboard which I will be covering in the next posts over the course of some weeks. I hope these posts will be beneficial for you. 

As always, if there is anything just let me know in the comments down below!


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6 comments

  1. Thanks so much for this tutorial Zera! I have a question about the blogger stats, with this new update are they any more accurate than they were in the past? Thanks so much!

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    1. You're welcome, I hope it's helped you. The next sections will be up soon and then compiled into a proper step-by-step guide. If you have Google Analytics installed on your blog then your stas should ideally be more accurate, yes. I'll have to confirm on the entire set of changes, and will update you shortly through the comments.

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  2. Thank you so much for this. I've only just tried the new blogger for the first time today but when I go to add a photo (upload from PC it just twirls. So I tried selecting 'photos' option and the same it just twirls. So I can not add a photo....Oh I wish they'd just leave the old blogger going!

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    1. Hi Janett, I can understand your frustration. Why don't you make a post about this (preferrably with screenshots) in the support forum?

      This update was much needed, it makes blogger mobile responsive, thus helpinh you blog on-the-go. It also lays the foundation for new, more exciting updates. Remember, that at any given time you can ask blogger for more features by using the Help and Feedback > Feedback Button.

      This photo issue should be a temporary glitch, please report it above and either me or someone else from the forum will get in touch. Also, you could just e-mail me the lik to your post if you need me to look at it!

      More tutorials and guides coming soon, so hope you stay tuned! If there's anything you would like to request of me, then please don't hesitate. :)

      Happy Blogging!

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  3. Hi Zora,

    Has anyone else reported being unable to change the publication date of previously published posts in the new Blogger? I’ve been unable to in Safari ...

    I’ve also reported these glitches --

    1) can’t use “select all” in html mode
    2) can’t upload images in html mode
    3) for those of us with multiple sites, with multiple pages open at the same time, can’t tell which site is which any longer

    I’m thrilled to see Google finally investing in Blogger again, glad to see your hints that more is forthcoming ...

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    1. Hi Alanna!

      Really happy to see your comment. Yes, this has been reported previously for the new blogger. The thing is, that I myself came accross some bugs, which blogger is working out and is aware of.

      Have you reported the glitches experienced by you in the support forum yet? Once you do, someone (either me or someone else) will get in touch with you to help work the issues out.

      When reporting these issues, please keep in mind that you also provide screenshots if possible when making your thread, also let them know which browser and OS (operating system) you are using.

      You can make a thread in the support forum here.

      I too am thrilled to see all the new updates to blogger, they were needed! And I'm looking forward to the future of blogger as well. I'm happy for a blogger that will now be mobile responsive so we can blog on-the-go.

      Also, I'm happy with code layout improvements as well!

      Happy to hear from you anytime!

      P.S. Have you sent feedback to blogger directly about these glitches and bugs/improvements you want to see?

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