Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Should I Move Forward?

We see this question, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, a couple times / year.
Can I keep using a Classic template on my blog - or must I upgrade?
Right now, Blogger won't require anybody to upgrade. You can stay with a Classic template, if you want.

That said, there is no guarantee that the next major Blogger problem will not leave Blogger Engineering deciding to cut their losses, and move forward.
If we can get Blogger back online with Layout and better today - as opposed to Classic templates, maybe tomorrow - let's drop Classic templates, and bring it back, today.
They've moved forward, this way, in the past - and next week, they could, again.

Eventually, this will happen. Blogger will come back online - but without your blog.

Eventually, you will have to move forward.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the harder it will be, to move forward.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the less other blogs there will be, using classic templates.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the less classic template related problems there will be.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the less helpers there will be, who remember classic templates.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the less help you may get.
  • The longer you go with a classic template, the less your readers will enjoy the blog, lacking features not available on classic templates.

The longer you go with a classic template, the harder it will be, to move forward. Moving forward is never easy. The longer you wait to move forward, the more migration related work will be involved. This will force you to wait, until it's convenient. In some cases, you'll move forward, even if it's not convenient - and even thogh you can't do it, properly.

The longer you go with a classic template, the less other blogs there will be, using classic templates. Every month, some other blog owners will follow this advice, and move forward.

The longer you go with a classic template, the less classic template related problems there will be. The less blogs that don't have classic templates, the less blogs there will be to cause problems.

The longer you go with a classic template, the less helpers there will be, who remember classic templates. The less problems with classic templates, the more helpers will forget - and move forward.

The longer you go with a classic template, the less help you may get. The less helpers who remember classic template problems - and solutions - the less people will step forward to help you.

The longer you go with a classic template, the less your readers will enjoy the blog, lacking features not available on classic templates. Many Blogger features are written in XML, and just won't work, with HTML only templates.

Move forward. Upgrade to a Designer, Dynamic, or Layouts template.

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1 comment:

G. B. Miller said...

I can understand that. My old blog was under a classic template so when I decided to start fresh, I used a picture window template. Right now, I'm using my old blog more as an archive than anything else. Like you said, moving forward, whether you like it or not, is the only way to go.