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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Profile Page Element

This is a nice accessory, to give your blog readers a chance to see you, as a person. Or, if you have a blog with multiple contributors, to see each contributor.

It's a pretty simple page element, with limited possibilities.

  • If the blog has multiple contributors, it will show a list of the contributors, with links to their Google profiles.
  • If the blog has just one contributor, it shows a few things.
    • The picture, from the Google profile.
    • A few basic facts, that you can change at will.
    • A link to your Google profile.


What you can change is pretty limited.
  • You can remove the page element itself.
  • You can prevent it from showing a page element, if there is only 1 contributor.
  • You can add a few details about yourself, to show if there is only 1 contributor.


If you need more granularity, say you don't want your photo, or the link to your Google profile, just remove the page element, or turn off "Share my profile".
  • If you just want your picture, and a short caption, add a Picture page element.
  • If you just want text, you can add either an HTML / JavaScript, or a Text, page element.
  • If you want your picture, and some text about yourself, add an HTML / JavaScript page element, and arrange the text above, beside, and below the picture.
  • If you just want text, you can add either an HTML / JavaScript, or a Text, page element.
  • If you want links to other web pages, HTML / JavaScript will do fine there, too.


Use your imagination. The standard Profile page element is just a start. With an HTML / JavaScript page element, there are endless possibilities.

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2 comments:

Batman said...

what i'd like to do is to allow multiple contributors, but at the same stage just display the one (primary) profile - as if there was only one contributor.

any ideas on how to do this?

Chuck said...

Maybe my updated version of this post will contain more ideas for you.