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The Real Blogger Status Moves Into The Future

Several months ago, I took a leap into the future, and upgraded this blog to use a "Responsive" class template.

There are four "Responsive" templates - Contempo, Soho, Emporio, and Notable. The differences between the four include more than merely the visible design.
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The "Notable" Theme - Title Formatting Improvement

I published this blog to the "Notable" theme of the "Responsive" class templates, in February 2018.

I never spend a lot of time tweaking and making blog formatting changes - there are so many other Blogger issues to write about. But that ugly big black box, at the top of each post page, was in my list of improvements needed.

And last week, I found the motivation, and instructions, to improve the look of this blog.

The Google+ Share Counter Was Unreliable

One interesting feature of Blogger, now removed, was the Google+ Share counter.

Similar to the FaceBook "Like" counter, many people used to enjoy watching the Share counter increase, for a given blog or post. I, personally, used to share my blog posts to Google+ - then watch happily, as the numbers climbed.

The Share counter is no more a part of Blogger.

SMS Verification Being Replaced By 2 Step Verification

Over the years, we've seen various problem reports mentioning attempted use of SMS for identity verification, for emergency Blogger account access.

It's possible that SMS based identity verification is one more service that has been replaced - by Google 2 Step Verification.

The "w i d g e t s e r v e r" Abandoned Domain Is Malicious

We've been dealing with a minor recent deluge of reports, from blog owners reporting mysterious redirection of their blogs.

The original typical report, which started like any report involving a respected Internet service going out of business, was annoying - yet benign.

Today, the status changed to malicious.

Right now, "w i d g e t s e r v e r . c o m" is redirecting to "l i b o s t u d i o s . com".

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Many gadgets, long known for redirecting, are again redirecting - recently to "w i d g e t s e r v e r . c o m" - and now to "l i b o s t u d i o s . c o m". As some were diagnosed, a few owners advised that the misbehaving gadget had been installed long ago.

We've seen, so far, a few old (not!) friends. M a u k i e , N e o C o u n t e r, and "S u n a n d M o o n P h a s e" can be seen, in some topics.

A brief sample of forum topics involving "w i d g e t s e r v e r . c…

Now, Ya See It - Now, Ya Don't

For those not yet familiar with the new "Responsive" class themes, I offer my demo 4 "Responsive" blogs - one blog per exciting theme.

You can see the links to the 4 demo ("Test") blogs, at the top of the sidebar. You'll also see links to 2 live blogs, for a better idea.

You have to make an effort, to find the sidebar, however. The effort is necessary, to help the "Responsive" class templates replace the "Layout" / "Designer" class templates - and their special "Mobile" template.

Custom Domain Redirection, And "A" Referral Servers

One of the advantages of custom domain publishing, and the domain root to published URL redirection, used to be transparent redirection of the URLs.

As Blogger blog owners become more sophisticated with their blogs, and custom home pages (aka "landing pages"), become more popular, we have blog owners with concerns about home page access and domain root redirection. We are also seeing concern with direct access to specific posts - with posts advertised, using the domain root URL.

In some cases, redirection only shows the reader the blog home page, as the first view of the blog - even with a specific post being linked in the advertised URL.

"HTTPS Redirect" And Private Blogs

URL redirection is a Blogger magic trick, similar to a common sleight of hand trick in stage magic performances.

The Blogger HTTPS Redirection, a recently added feature in Blogger security, may be a similar Blogger magic trick - and a possible problem. Some browsers treat websites with multiple redirects as possibly malicious.

Private blogs, accessed through the Blogger / Google interstitial login, may also complicate HTTPS Redirection.