A blogging platform used as a content management system (CMS) is not really new. This blog has outline several reasons why WordPress as a CMS is feasible. Open source systems like WordPress are ideal for such an application because of the inherent “hackability” of the app to be shaped into other uses. But what about closed systems like Google’s Blogger?
Here are two situations wherein Blogger may be a possible CMS for you:
- When you’re pressed for time – You can purchase a domain name and use it on a Blogger blog very quickly. Themes for Blogger is also available and easy to implement.
- When user management is not crucial – The thing with Blogger is that, as of now, there are only two levels of users: Authors and Administrators. If you’re the one who will be managing the content, then Blogger is OK.
Undoubtedly, making Blogger as a CMS is a challenge. Unlike WordPress, there is no “Page” content type, only generic blog posts. Also, the URL’s of Blogger posts are automatically generated. This feature makes it hard to create pages with specific titles reflect on the URL.
To make Blogger into your CMS, a few simple steps are needed:
- Remove all gadgets, expecially the archive and label
- Download a Blogger template with a navigation menu and removes the post date.
- To manually remove the date header in the post, go to “Edit HTML” in the Layout editing section. Make sure that “Expand Template Widgets” is checked and look for “<data:post.dateHeader/>” and remove it
- After writing the site’s content, take note of the URL. Edit the template’s navigation bar to direct to the post’s URL.
Blogger may not be the most elegant of CMS solutions, but there are select situations that it might work.