Sunday, July 05, 2015

Blogger Magic - Reset The Post Template, 2015

In 2010, we learned about the mysterious Post Template - and the problems that can be caused, when it is corrupt or out of date.

We developed magical ways of correcting the problems.
  • Revert the widget templates.
  • Reset the post template.
  • Add or tweak specific template code.

It's now 2015, and Blogger Engineering has rewritten the Template Editor, and given us new possibilities for correcting problems with the post template - and other gadgets.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Web Based Businesses Need Multiple Email Accounts

Someone publishing a blog, that supports a web based business, may use email to communicate with the customers - and possibly, to distribute the product.

With a Blogger blog involved, use of email, to communicate with people who you don't know, creates a security risk.
  • A blog, supporting a web based product, may look more interesting to hackers. If it's worth publishing by the owner, it's worth stealing.
  • If the owner uses email, to communicate with customers or distribute the product, some owners may casually use their Blogger account email - and make their Blogger account vulnerable to brute force account hacking.
  • Some owners may even include password hints, in the blog content - making the hackers job easier.
  • At minimum, a successfully stolen blog may be worth a ransom demand, since the blog likely has commercial value.
What enterprising hacker wouldn't invest a few extra dollars to buy a product, to learn an email address and possibly a Blogger account name?

Friday, July 03, 2015

A Deleted Post Affects The Popular Posts Display

Some blog owners report various discrepancies, and oddities, with Stats and its various components.

A few owners find that the Popular Posts gadget, that supposedly will display any selected number (1 - 10) of the most popular posts for a blog during a given time period, is sometimes short the number selected.

With only 6 posts displayed out of 8 posts selected, it is possible that the desired 8 posts may be displayed - if 10 posts are selected, and the display is refreshed. On the other hand, with only 9 posts displayed out of 10 posts selected, it's not possible to increase the selection to 11, to compensate for the "missing" post.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

You Cannot Control Title Colors, Easily

Some people are particular about the colors used, in their blogs.

They may spend hours - or days - choosing the right shade of gray, to complement the text in the posts. Later, they look at the blog, and discover a glaring discrepancy.
Why are the post titles so nasty looking? The titles clash with the posts!
These owners may just be discovering the reality of Blogger blogs, and the ever changing title colors.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Recovering Admin Console Desktop Access

The Google Admin Console (formerly known as "Google Apps" desktop) is an essential tool, for many Blogger custom domain publishers.

Any blog owner, who purchased a domain from Google before the introduction of Google Domains, may need access to the Admin Console. It's used to change payment or renewal details, to change domain settings - or possibly, to transfer control of the domain outside Blogger / Google.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Deleted Post Affects The Blog Posts Feed

We've seen a few reports in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, mentioning mysteriously resurrected posts, appearing in email or on peoples desktop displays.

When investigated, the blog owner will observe that a new post, which had been originally published after the one mysteriously appearing, was recently deleted. Further investigation shows that the mysterious post, that just re appeared, was the 26th most recently published post.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Before Starting Recovery, Get Your Facts Straight

We're seeing signs that Blogger is requiring more detail, in the account and blog recovery processes.

Even when able to recover account or blog access properly - using a registered email address or telephone number - Google may ask more questions, to verify identity. Some (would be) blog owners,in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, report that more secrets are required.
I provided my email address - and after I got the recovery email, I was asked when the email account was setup!
and
After I gave my home phone, I was asked for a list of my other Google accounts!
Apparently, Blogger / Google Security is trying even harder, to prevent blog theft.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shall I Move My Blog, To Google+ Hosted Comments?

Just about 2 years ago (give or take a few days), I evaluated Google+ hosted comments, based on moderation / notification options.

A few changes have been made to Blogger - and to Google+ - since then. Some changes affect usefulness of Google+ hosted comments, in Blogger blogs.

I guess to honestly evaluate Google+ hosted comments, I should decide whether to leave this blog using Blogger hosted comments - or move forward.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Private Blog Access Now Requires A Blogger Account

Blogger recently simplified private blog access, and removed some of the ambiguity from the membership invitation acceptance process.

Previously, an invitation to a private blog involved an email message with several options. Besides the expected invitation to join (using a Blogger / Google account), one might find an option to "preview" the blog, and / or view as a "guest" (without requiring a Blogger / Google account).

Both the "guest" and "preview" options caused confusion, for both owners and prospective members.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Press "Publish", To Schedule A Post To Publish

People who setup a post for future publication, and who work on the post for hours or days, may overlook the final step in scheduling a post.

To create a scheduled post, there are 3 steps that are essential.
  1. Create and edit content. (D'Ohh!).
  2. Set "Schedule", with a future date / time selected.
  3. Press "Publish".

If you spend hours or days repeatedly editing and Saving your changes, it's possible that the final step may elude you. And this may explain, to some folks, why their scheduled posts don't publish.

Troubleshooting Custom Domain Issues

If you are trying to make your custom domain published blog work, see my guide Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems.

If you want to know how to setup a custom domain properly, from the beginning - and avoid the need for Troubleshooting - read Setting Up A Custom Domain. Avoid the most basic mistakes made - read The Simplicity Of A Custom Domain Setup.

If you just setup your custom domain - and want to minimise the effects of the URL change upon your search engine relationships - read Managing The Migration.

If you're just browsing, then read on - but get a good cup of coffee first. And welcome, to Nitecruzr Dot Net.