Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Change The Sequence Of Your Posts

If there's one question, seen occasionally in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger?, that confounds me, its a simple one.
How do I change the order of my posts?
Why does my blog display the newest post first? Where is the option, to change to oldest post first?
It is very difficult to respond both correctly, and helpfully, to both questions, equally well.

Blogger does not provide a dashboard setting, to change the post display sequence. Post sequence is only changed, by altering the date and time of the posts.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Making Threaded Google+ Hosted Comments Work

For many years, threaded comments was a frequently requested Blogger feature.

That option was finally added in 2012. When Blogger added Google+ hosted comments in 2013, threaded Google+ commenting was later added.

Threaded comments, provided as an option in Blogger hosted comments, have significant requirements. Google+ hosted comments have additional requirements - and predictably, threaded comments in Google+ hosted comments have still more requirements.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Panic From AdSense "Policy Breach Notice" EMail

Some blog owners, who use AdSense, received some very disturbing email this weekend.
This morning I received the following email from Google.
Dear Publisher,

We have now verified that we are no longer detecting PII being passed to Google from the account(s) under your control.

Thank you for helping to resolve this matter.


The Google Policy Team
What did I do, this time? Is my AdSense account in danger of being terminated?
And the email was labeled "Policy Breach Notice".

Fortunately, this was, apparently, just another episode of Google being Google.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Pages Gadget, In A Renamed Blog

We see an occasional blog owner, having renamed a blog to a new BlogSpot URL, reporting in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue that the Pages gadget stopped working.
I changed the URL of my blog, from "myoldblogspoturl.blogspot.com" to "mynewblogspoturl.blogspot.com". All of the links are working fine - except when I click on a pages link, I get
Blog not found.

Sorry, the blog you were looking for does not exist. However, the name myoldblogspoturl is available to register!
Long ago, we observed this to be a problem with static pages. It appears that this is a problem with both dynamic and static pages, for some blogs, when renamed.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Blog Owners Seeing "This Connection Is Untrusted"

We are seeing a few blog owners reporting, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, of inability to use various dashboard functions.
I am seeing
"This Connection Is Untrusted" - You have asked Firefox to connect securely to 7749195048983246407_73be54cd6d1c58526e719a5edd6d94a945570409.blogspot.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.
This prevents me from using various preview features.
We suspect that the problem involves the Firefox browser, possibly following the latest update.

Photos, Deleted From Your Phone, May Vanish From Your Blog

We see some blog owners reporting loss of photos, when used in their blogs, and added using Post Editor.

Some blog owners take photos using their camera / phone, upload them to Google+ Photos, and publish their blog posts. Having published their post, they remove the photos from their phones, to save storage space.

And once deleted from their cameras / phones, their photos vanish from their blog.

Monday, February 23, 2015

What Is "ghs.google.com" vs. "ghs.googlehosted.com"?

With Google Domains registered custom domains becoming more normal, we are seeing one odd attention to detail, expressed as confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.
My website uses "ghs.google.com" - am I supposed to use "ghs.googlehosted.com", instead?
It's good to be attentive to detail, particularly with custom domain publishing. This is one detail that may not require immediate attention, however.

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.

Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems

Of the many accessories and features in Blogger, Custom Domain Publishing is possibly the most problematic.

Looking at the Labels index in this blog, I see the Custom Domains label on 343 posts (as of 2015/01/26) - which makes it one of the most heavily labeled single topics here. There are several challenges with diagnosing and resolving a custom domain problem.
  • It has various different causes.
  • It leads to many different symptoms, which can easily be confused for other problems.
  • Its symptoms can be chronic or intermittent- and may be immediate, or may take months to exhibit themselves.
  • It may require resolution by any blog guest, by the blog owner, by Blogger Support, and / or by a third party such as the domain registrar.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Google Domains Need Time To Propagate

We're seeing an increasing number of problem reports, mentioning Google Domains.

Google Domains is becoming a popular registrar for new custom domains - and this leads to more problems, reported in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue. Many reports look like timing problems, from long ago.

The most common symptom is the mysterious Redirect Warning.
I purchased a Google Domains site, and connected it to Blogger so it redirects my blog to my domain, no problem.

The problem is now when accessing the BlogSpot URL, it now shows a redirect warning message, which is killing my web traffic.
This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has not been checked for spam, viruses and other forms of malware.
How do I publish my blog, and keep my readers, with this confusion?