Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What Access Do You Have To Your Blog?

Occasionally, you see bloggers becoming confused about what access they have to their blog.
I can look at the Edit Posts menu, but there are no posts listed.
or
I can't access the Template Designer (edit the template, add users to the blog, ...).
These are bloggers who are confused over a blog where they are an Administrator, vs a blog where they are an Author.

Let's look at my dashboard, and at a pair of blogs which we see there.


Here's my dashboard. Among the many entries, you'll see one blog listed where I am an Author, and a second where I am an Administrator. Let's first look at a blog where I am an Author.


Let's look at "Edit Posts".

I'm an Author in this blog, and I haven't created any posts. There are plenty of posts in the blog, just none that I've created. I have no access to any posts that I haven't created.


Let's look at "Settings".

I'm an Author in this blog, so all of the Settings that I have are Email and Permissions.

The Email access gives you the ability to setup your own Mail-to-Blogger entry. The Permissions access lets people who have previously accepted Guest ("Author") membership in a blog to remove themselves, without having to contact the blog administrator.

Let's next look at a second blog, where I am an Administrator.


Let's look at "Edit Posts".

I'm an Administrator in this blog. Look at my Edit Posts menu.


Let's look at "Settings".

I'm an Administrator in this blog. Look at my Settings menu.


Let's look at "Design".

I'm an Administrator in this blog. I have a Design section (For a Classical blog, this would be "Template", but there would be lots less tabs under "Template".).



If you're not seeing either of the above, or you're seeing access as an Author, where you should be seeing Administrator, you lost access to your account or your blog.Unfortunately, these problems may be your responsibility to resolve, as you alone have the responsibility for retaining access to your blog, and for your own connectivity to the Internet.

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Shauna Renee' said...

SO, since my primary email account has been changed and I now use a gmail account as my primary email, I receive a message when I try to change said email in my Blogger account that I cannot use the gmail account for Blogger. NOW what do I do?

Chuck said...

Shauna,

This would be an excellent question, to ask in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.

TriFon Organization said...

How do I post to my URL

Chuck said...

How do I post to my URL

Please ask this question in BHF: How Do I?, so we can figure out any problems that you are likely having.

KurleeMe said...

They should have a recovery page that allows the person to enter personal info like name and address. Or to enter in a new recovery email if they no longer have access to the email on the gmail recovery account. I have had my blog since 2007 and do not want to create a new one. This is bad for business Google ... this sucks!

Chuck Croll said...

Kurlee,

Thanks for the comment. Yeah, it does seem that would be a helpful option, doesn't it?

It would actually be very popular, I bet - especially with blog hijackers. Can you imagine, how nice it would be to steal a blog, if all that you had to do is claim "I no longer have access to the email on my GMail recovery account, so I need to use THIS account, instead!"?

Nobody's blog would be safe.

Any thoughts, how you could validate ownership better?

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2015/04/ive-been-hacked-dreaded-cry-of-anguish.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2014/11/blogger-is-unfair-to-would-be-blog.html