An Important Update

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Quick Edit Feature, And Domain Based Filters

Some Blogger features are so subtle, and so simple, that everybody takes them for granted - and nobody thinks about them, until they stop working.

One example of this is the Quick Edit option that lets us edit a post, or tweak a template feature, without having to access the Blogger dashboard. Sometimes, the icon is just not there - or maybe it's there, but when clicked on, nothing happens.

Quick Edit, like many Blogger features, is affected by both cookie and script filters - and many filters are domain based. Any domain based filter needs to allow cookies and scripts - both from "blogspot.com", and from any non BlogSpot domain that may be relevant.

Quick Edit, like many Blogger features, is designed to be used by blog members.
  • The post edit "pencil" icon lets authors and administrators access the post editor, for the post in question.
  • The template component edit "screwdriver / spanner / wrench" icon lets blog administrators access the template wizard, and tweak the template gadget in question.
Both features require access to the Blogger / Google login cookie, to verify identity of the person trying to use the feature - and the verification process is a script.

Both features are vulnerable to cookie and script filters - and some filters may require multiple domain entries.
Any change in these details - such as a country being added to country code aliasing, a blog being newly published to a custom domain, or a filter being updated by its provider - will cause the Quick Edit feature to stop working. When this happens, the feature will be unavailable until all relevant filters are properly updated. This will happen, without any action taken by the blog owner.

Again, I will remind you that Blogger Support cannot support the filters affecting your personal computer. Both blog owners, and blog readers, have to check all filters in their browsers, their computers and their networks.

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