How to Add an Admin Control Panel in Blogger

A while ago I've posted some tutorials on how you can remove the Blogger Navbar or add a Peek A Boo Effect so that it would show only when we mouse over on top of our page.

However, customizing or removing the Blogger Navbar also has its downside because the admin links for "New post", "Customize" and "Log Out" will be no longer visible and navigating through the blog functions could be really frustrating sometimes. When the navbar is visible, blog administrators can easily create a new post or customize their template with just one click; however, when the navbar is hidden, many more clicks are required to access the Blogger dashboard panel again.

In this tutorial, we'll see how to add an "Admin Control Panel" menu with many cool additions such as:

- access to the Blogger's Homepage
- create a New Page or Post
- view all your posts
- read your comments
- access the Blog's layout to add or rearrange gadgets
- edit the HTML of your Template
- refresh current page or post
- open a new tab with your blog's homepage
- access the blog' settings
- view your stats
- log out

We will put all these options on the top of your page as a menu and we will make it visible only to the administrator of the blog, so our blog visitors will not be able to see it.

The result will be something like this:

admin control panel for blogger

Adding Admin Control Panel to Blogger template

The Admin Control Panel will only be visible when the blog author is logged in and will not display to blog readers, same with the Post Edit or widget pencil icons which are only visible to you while you are logged in.

To add the admin panel to Blogger, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Go to Template and click on the Edit HTML button:


Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys to open the Blogger' search box

Step 3. Paste this line inside the search box then hit Enter to find it:
<body expr:class='&quot;loading&quot; + data:blog.mobileClass'>
Note: if you can't find this line, try to find the <body> tag.

Step 4. Just below that line or tag, add the following code:
<span class='item-control blog-admin'>
<style>
.control-panel ul{z-index: 20; position: absolute; margin: 0px auto; background-color: #F6F6F6; width: 100%; }
.control-panel ul li{display: inline-block; float: left; padding: 7px 0px;}
.control-panel ul li a {color:#686868;padding: 7px 15px;border-right: 1px solid #E3E3E3;font-weight: bold;font-size: 13px;}
.control-panel a:hover {text-decoration:none; color:#FC8F44;}
</style>
<div class='control-panel'>
<ul>
<li><a href='http://www.blogger.com/home'>My Blogs</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#editor/src=sidebar&quot;' rel='nofollow'>New Post</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#editor/target=page&quot;' rel='nofollow'>New Page</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#posts&quot;' rel='nofollow'>All Posts</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#comments&quot;' rel='nofollow'>Comments</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#pageelements&quot;' rel='nofollow'>Layout</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#templatehtml&quot;' rel='nofollow'>Edit HTML</a></li>
<li><a href='#' onclick='location.reload(true); return false;'>Refresh</a></li>
<li><a href='/' target='_blank'>New Tab</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#basicsettings&quot;' rel='nofollow'>Settings</a></li>
<li><a expr:href='&quot;http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=&quot; + data:blog.blogId + &quot;#overviewstats&quot;' rel='nofollow'>Stats</a></li>
<li><a href='http://www.blogger.com/logout.g'>Logout</a></li>
</ul>
</div>
</span>
Step 4. Click on the Save template button to save the changes.

Now take a look at your blog. While you are logged in to Blogger, you should notice your control panel appear on top of your blog. Enjoy!

With this admin control panel for Blogger you can easily access the functions of the blog and you will not have to always open your blog page and the Blogger homepage at the same time.

25 comments:

  1. wow.... its works nicely.. many thanks mate...

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  2. its not workin for me :(

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  3. thanks
    ajyal
    http://ajyal-s.blogspot.com/

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  4. this is necessary to all bloggers who want to add some spice in their blogs.

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  5. that's so cool is working thanks a lot

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  6. Yup it works really nice
    super tips thanks a lot. I have applied it for http://emondeuk.blogspot.com/ Now it show the control panel at top of blog when singed in. Thanks a lot

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  7. interesting, that's a nice trick... thank you for sharing

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  8. This widget is superb nice widget and your blog is best blog for Blogger Widgets.... Thanks for help bro : my blog - http://hdwallwide.blogspot.in (Please Connect with me on Facebook bro http://facebook.com/ankitisrock )

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  9. awsome//thanks dude..

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  10. It was an effective and most important post for me .... thanks admin... Go ahead.

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  11. This is so incredibly useful and handy! Thank you so much :)
    xx
    www.junewantsitall.com

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  12. done and run perfect !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thx

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  13. Thanks admin, very helpful!

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  14. Thanks
    http://cinemaleak.blogspot.in/

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  15. Great! Thanks.
    Is there a way to add just one command for co-authors: "New Post"?
    The reason I ask is I'm working with 6th grade students, and I want to keep a pretty closed system. Hiding the Navbar, makes it a bit harder for them to just go scurrying around finding random blogs, and our class blog is not visible in search engines, but I would like them to see a link to "new post" when they open this blog, so that they can submit their thinking about books they've read for example. Thanks, if you can manage to help me on that.
    Mark

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    1. Hi Mark,

      One way would be to invite authors by email to grant access to the posting option. To see how to invite multiple authors, please refer to this post. After you invited them and they approved the invitation, they should be able to add new posts.

      This is the code that you need to add just below the same body tag of your template (remove the one that you already added):

      <style>
      .control-panel ul{z-index: 20; position: absolute; margin: 0px auto; background-color: #F6F6F6; width: 100%; }
      .control-panel ul li{display: inline-block; float: left; padding: 7px 0px;}
      .control-panel ul li a {color:#686868;padding: 7px 15px;border-right: 1px solid #E3E3E3;font-weight: bold;font-size: 13px;}
      .control-panel a:hover {text-decoration:none; color:#FC8F44;}
      </style>
      <div class='control-panel'>
      <ul>
      <li><a href='http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=XXXXXXXXXXXXX#editor/src=sidebar'>New Post</a></li>
      <li><a href='https://www.blogger.com/next-blog?blogID=XXXXXXXXXXXXX'>Next Blog</a></li>
      <li><a href='#' onclick='location.reload(true); return false;'>Refresh</a></li>
      <li><a href='/' target='_blank'>New Tab</a></li>
      <li><a href='http://www.blogger.com/logout.g'>Logout</a></li>
      </ul>
      </div>


      Don't forget to replace the XXXXX... part with the ID of your blog. I hope this will help you!

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  16. now working in my blog...

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  17. Hi there. I can see the Admin Control Panel at the top of my blog page, but when I click on several of the links, I get a "Not Found Error 404" message. Any ideas why that might be happening?

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    1. Please make sure that you replaced the XXXXXXX... string with your blog ID.

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  18. Thanks!

    It is really helpful.

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  19. How can I import an already blog link into the blogger site for publishing ?,, tryina'figure out how to do it but invain?, do you have any ideas?

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  20. Another brilliant, useful and easy bit of code. Thanks a lot!

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  21. Thank you! It is really helpful.

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