Monday, October 17, 2011

Dynamic Templates Are Not For Everybody

The new dynamic views, a truly innovative feature recently developed for Blogger blogs, are still receiving mixed reviews.

Not everybody, able to use them, likes them - and not everybody, liking them, is able to use them. The reasons behind the decisions to use them - or not use them - are fascinating, when examined in proper context.

The most restrictive reason comes from their most major feature - the blog, when displayed, gets the post content from the blog feed, and is published locally on each client computer.

This excludes two groups of blogs - those published with no feed, or with a partial feed - and those published privately. As noted many times, a private blog will not publish a newsfeed.

Depending upon readership, some blogs may have potential readers who are overly concerned with computer security.

In either case - with a blog not publishing a full newsfeed, or with a computer owner who filters web content too strictly, the would be blog viewer sits there, watching the turning gears, instead of reading the blog.

Besides the technical restrictions of private blogs and unavailable newsfeeds, and of computer security, Blogger has made a strategic decision, and disallowed these templates with "Adult Content" blogs.

In addition to the unavailability for some blogs, there are several major design deficiencies - and some deficiencies may be resolved sooner than others.

Besides the use of the blog feed published on the individual computers, the blog, as displayed, is significantly lighter, because the blog feed contains only text and pictures. Various features, important in many blogs, are omitted or restricted - possibly, by design.
For a more obvious demonstration, you may display this blog, in dynamic view. For several of the reasons enumerated above, I'll not make dynamic views the default, for this blog.

The good news is that the dynamic templates are easy to apply, and they are easy to remove - both permanently and temporarily.

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2 comments:

Harold Shaw Jr. said...

No - I tried the Dynamic Views and decided that they are not quite ready for prime time as yet. The lack of sidebar capabilities and all that means as you stated in your post.

I still find the idea intriguing, but not what I want yet. I'll give 6 months or so to see the improvements they bring out over that time period.

Harold

Traxy said...

Aside from anything else, I think the dynamic templates look incredibly dull! I mean, if I want to read blogs in a feed reader, I'll just stick to Google Reader.

I'm also not convinced DVs are going to work from an SEO perspective, for blogs which aren't image-heavy (only one of my blogs would look half-decent as a DV) or that are based around having an archive rather than things that happen "here and now", so to speak. Not for me!