Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Add Accessories Using "Layout" - Avoid "Template"!

We've dealing with owner installed malware, for over 5 years, when reported in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.

In early 2010, we diagnosed the first mass malware installation. Owner installed malware can be quite deceptively marketed, by the hackers who produce it.

With proper blog setup, and accessory installation policy, though, identifying and removing misbehaving accessories can be made easier.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stats Displays Are Significant, In Their Own Context

Some blog owners want significant details, from Stats.
How do I get all posts listed, with pageview counts?
or
How do I get a specific time period, from last month?
Not everybody observes that Stats gives us specific details, based upon what's generally useful, or what is possible to keep, easily.

Some details are not provided, because Stats provides details that are significant, in the right context. Other details are not provided, because they are not retained, from day to day (week to week, month to month, or year to year).

Monday, March 30, 2015

Observe The Spirit Of The Law, Not Just The Letter

We see too many problem reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, about inconsistent content penalties.
My blog was deleted - then I got a letter of apology from Blogger. But my blog was deleted, again!
and
My blog does not contain copied content, why was it deleted?
These blog owners, and others, are complying with the letter of the law.

Unfortunately, other blog and website owners have rights too - and Blogger will also enforce their rights. To have a righteous blog, you have to be innocent of all possible TOS violation categories.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Replace "No Comments" With A More Friendly Caption

Ever since Blogger replaced the vague 0 comment count, that was originally part of the link to the comment form, with a more indicative caption "No Comments" (or whatever language equivalent may apply, on your blog), they have gotten criticism.
People think I don't want comments, what can I do?
I think the old saying
Don't try to please everybody!
applies here, in spades.

So people ask, periodically, in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger, about template customisation.
How do I replace "No Comments" with something more reader friendly?
And the first question needs to be
Are you comfortable with editing the template?
This can be a rather forbidding question, to some blog owners.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Adding An HTML / JavaScript Gadget?

Some blog owners try to add a new gadget to their blog, unsuccessfully.
When I try to add my own gadget to my blog, it won't accept it. It says
We are sorry, this gadget appears to be broken.

This gadget has errors and cannot be used until fixed.
I've seen the gadget used, on other blogs. Why not, on my blog?
There is a small problem in understanding, how to add gadgets.

Blogger lets people add HTML / JavaScript based gadgets, provided by various developers and non Google services - and they let people make their own, XML based gadgets. Some people confuse the two types of gadgets.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Labels Searches, And Case Sensitivity

We see confusion, from time to time, about label searches in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
Why don't my labels work, consistently?
or
Why don't all of my pages work?
Looking at a blog with the problem, we'll frequently see lack of consistency in label case - some labels appear in lower case ("label"), some in upper case ("LABEL"), some in sentence case ("Label"). This might seem like an insignificant personality issue - but it's not.

Label searches are case sensitive - that is, upper case letters are different from lower case letters. People who do not write natively, in languages which use the "Latin" alphabet (is that the correct term?) are not always attentive to case variations. We observe this frequently, with people who DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM WITH SHOUTING, in forum discussions.

In a label search, "Case Sensitivity" and "case sensitivity" will produce different results. Click on the two links, and check out the different results.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Comments Subscription Options For A Blog

We see occasional confusion from blog owners, and readers, about options for reading comments, and comment updates, from a given blog.

The most obvious way to read comments - or replies to comments - is to read the individual posts. If a blog that interests you uses Google+ hosted comments, reading either on the post, or in the Google+ stream, may be your best option.

For Blogger hosted comments. both owners and readers have a few more choices.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BlogSpot Country Domains Blocked By StumbleUpon

We've seen a few recent reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, about problems getting StumbleUpon to accept Blogger blogs.
Every time I try to put a blog into StumbleUpon, it replies that it does not accept Blogger site submissions.
And the URL, when stated, will be a non "BlogSpot.com" country code alias.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Retrieve The PageID / PostID Of A Deleted Page / Post

I've previously provided instructions for recovering a deleted page (static page) or post (dynamic page).

Retrieval of a deleted page / post involves editing the deleted page / post, using a URL which contains the BlogID, and the PageID / PostID. It's easy enough to get the BlogID - the source listing for any blog page will have multiple places where the BlogID can be found - but where can one find the PageID / PostID?

The PageID / PostID can be found - given a small amount of effort, for any well indexed blog. Any cached copy, of the deleted page or post, will provide the PageID / PostID - once you know what to look for.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Adding Pages To A Dynamic Template

We all know the limitations of the dynamic template - how you can't easily edit dynamic template HTML code, or accessories as freely.

At one time, you could switch back to dynamic view, for the comments and posts - and view the complete blog, using a non dynamic template. That ability was taken away, in early 2014.

That doesn't mean that you have to give up completely, however, on adding pages - though this may not yet provide a solution for a custom home page.