Monday, October 05, 2015

"Read More" In Dynamic Template Magazine View

Some blog owners, who publish their blogs using a dynamic template, prefer the "Magazine" view.

A few owners observe that there's a problem with the "Read More" function, in the "Magazine" post summary display.
How do I let my readers know that there's more to read? There's no caption to indicate "Read more ..."!
This is an odd omission, too.

With Dynamic Templates involving 7 different views, though, it's not difficult to imagine 1 or 2 details dropping through the cracks - and we are here.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

How To Activate AdSense, On Your Blog

This question comes up, almost daily, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger - and continues into AdSense Help Forum: Blogger / YouTube
How do I activate AdSense, on my blog?
The activation process does not require a lot of additional work, by the blog owner - but it does require a mature, well written blog - and some patience.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

OpenID Commenting, With Blogger / Google Accounts

Blog guests and owners who wish to use OpenID, for posting comments, may need to logout from Blogger, before commenting.

It appears that when commenting, someone logged in to Blogger or Google will use the Blogger / Google account for authentication, automatically - instead of an OpenID account - even when preferring to use OpenID, and the blog permits use of OpenID.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Following - How Do I Get Started?

One challenging question, that we see from time to time in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, is about one of the neatest Blogger social networking features, Following.
How do I find blogs to Follow?
And that is a simple question, with not such a simple answer. What came first - the chicken, or the egg?

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Publishing A Static Website, As A Blogger Blog

Some blog owners use Blogger, as a lightweight website platform.

A normal Blogger blog consists of posts, which are published as dynamic pages. Static pages, used in a normal blog, are extra content - that's typically hidden from direct view, and intentionally not indexed by the search engines.

A website, on the other hand, will typically use static pages as content. Static pages, by default, are not used as blog content.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blogger Offers HTTPS For BlogSpot Published Blogs

Today, Blogger / Google made a major announcement which has been coming, for a long time.
Today we're expanding on the HTTPS Everywhere mission and beginning an initial rollout of HTTPS support for Blogspot. HTTPS is a cornerstone of internet security as it provides several important benefits: it makes it harder for bad actors to steal information or track the activities of blog authors and visitors, it helps check that visitors open the correct website and aren’t being redirected to a malicious location, and it helps detect if a bad actor tries to change any data sent from Blogger to a blog visitor.
SSL access to Blogger blogs has been requested, by many blog owners, for years.

The initial offer, which will roll out gradually, will only affect BlogSpot published blogs. It will be voluntary, to give blog owners a chance to upgrade the various accessories and applications.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Street Legal Race Cars, And Similar Web Applications

Almost 2 years ago, motion picture actor Paul Walker and a buddy decided to joyride, take a spin, in suburban Los Angeles California.

What followed was $500,000 + destruction, at speed exceeding twice the posted 45 MPH. Driven in an industrial / office complex, the street legal race car - his buddy at the wheel - left the road, and wrapped itself around a tree.

It takes money to own, and to race, a super car - like a Porsche Carrera GT, that took Paul's life. It takes no money, however, to own a super web application - like a Blogger blog.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Spam Review Is Not By Word Of Honour

Too frequently, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, we try to advise blog recovery for a legitimate blog, unrighteously deleted by Blogger.

Occasionally, when advised to
Find a dashboard link labeled "Deleted blogs" / "Locked blogs".
Having found the link, you submit a Review request.
The response is
There is no dashboard link, referencing 'deleted blogs / locked blogs'.
There are several causes of this condition - but there is only one real solution. The (would be) owner has to login with the right Blogger account, and find the necessary "Deleted" / "Locked" blogs section, of "My blogs".

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Revenge Porn Now Recognised As Abuse, By Blogger

Recently, Google publicised advice about a new type of abuse that may be reportable, when present in a Blogger blog.
Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results.
Supposedly, "revenge porn" mitigation is limited to removal from Google Search. In one forum discussion, however, the new classification appears to have successfully resulted in an offensive blog being removed from Blogger.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

People Who Publish Private Blogs Deserve Privacy

We see an occasional would be blog member, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, bemoaning lack of private blog access.
I used to follow a certain blogger - but found out, recently, that now his blog is blocked & only open to invited readers. I do not know the author and would like an invite.

How do I contact the author?
Lack of access to the fancy clubs and parties, in any city, is a disappointment to many - except the lucky members of the "AAA" list. Private blogs have the same exclusivity. Life is not fair.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Not All Template Designer "Advanced" Wizards Work

An occasional blog owner reports frustration with various "Advanced" Template Designer wizards, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
I have entered my new colour palette under "template>advanced>" - and the colours will not show up on the blog.

I even checked that the colour values were right under "Edit HTML".
This blog owner wants different background colours, than are provided as defaults - and does not understand why the wizards, that advise
Template applied.
simply don't work.