Thursday, July 02, 2015

You Cannot Control Title Colors, Easily

Some people are particular about the colors used, in their blogs.

They may spend hours - or days - choosing the right shade of gray, to complement the text in the posts. Later, they look at the blog, and discover a glaring discrepancy.
Why are the post titles so nasty looking? The titles clash with the posts!
These owners may just be discovering the reality of Blogger blogs, and the ever changing title colors.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Recovering Admin Console Desktop Access

The Google Admin Console (formerly known as "Google Apps" desktop) is an essential tool, for many Blogger custom domain publishers.

Any blog owner, who purchased a domain from Google before the introduction of Google Domains, may need access to the Admin Console. It's used to change payment or renewal details, to change domain settings - or possibly, to transfer control of the domain outside Blogger / Google.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Deleted Post Affects The Blog Posts Feed

We've seen a few reports in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, mentioning mysteriously resurrected posts, appearing in email or on peoples desktop displays.

When investigated, the blog owner will observe that a new post, which had been originally published after the one mysteriously appearing, was recently deleted. Further investigation shows that the mysterious post, that just re appeared, was the 26th most recently published post.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Before Starting Recovery, Get Your Facts Straight

We're seeing signs that Blogger is requiring more detail, in the account and blog recovery processes.

Even when able to recover account or blog access properly - using a registered email address or telephone number - Google may ask more questions, to verify identity. Some (would be) blog owners,in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, report that more secrets are required.
I provided my email address - and after I got the recovery email, I was asked when the email account was setup!
and
After I gave my home phone, I was asked for a list of my other Google accounts!
Apparently, Blogger / Google Security is trying even harder, to prevent blog theft.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shall I Move My Blog, To Google+ Hosted Comments?

Just about 2 years ago (give or take a few days), I evaluated Google+ hosted comments, based on moderation / notification options.

A few changes have been made to Blogger - and to Google+ - since then. Some changes affect usefulness of Google+ hosted comments, in Blogger blogs.

I guess to honestly evaluate Google+ hosted comments, I should decide whether to leave this blog using Blogger hosted comments - or move forward.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Private Blog Access Now Requires A Blogger Account

Blogger recently simplified private blog access, and removed some of the ambiguity from the membership invitation acceptance process.

Previously, an invitation to a private blog involved an email message with several options. Besides the expected invitation to join (using a Blogger / Google account), one might find an option to "preview" the blog, and / or view as a "guest" (without requiring a Blogger / Google account).

Both the "guest" and "preview" options caused confusion, for both owners and prospective members.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Press "Publish", To Schedule A Post To Publish

People who setup a post for future publication, and who work on the post for hours or days, may overlook the final step in scheduling a post.

To create a scheduled post, there are 3 steps that are essential.
  1. Create and edit content. (D'Ohh!).
  2. Set "Schedule", with a future date / time selected.
  3. Press "Publish".

If you spend hours or days repeatedly editing and Saving your changes, it's possible that the final step may elude you. And this may explain, to some folks, why their scheduled posts don't publish.

Troubleshooting Custom Domain Issues

If you are trying to make your custom domain published blog work, see my guide Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems.

If you want to know how to setup a custom domain properly, from the beginning - and avoid the need for Troubleshooting - read Setting Up A Custom Domain. Avoid the most basic mistakes made - read The Simplicity Of A Custom Domain Setup.

If you just setup your custom domain - and want to minimise the effects of the URL change upon your search engine relationships - read Managing The Migration.

If you're just browsing, then read on - but get a good cup of coffee first. And welcome, to Nitecruzr Dot Net.

Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems

Of the many accessories and features in Blogger, Custom Domain Publishing is possibly the most problematic.

Looking at the Labels index in this blog, I see the Custom Domains label on 363 posts (as of 2015/06/15) - which makes it one of the most heavily labeled single topics here. There are several challenges with diagnosing and resolving a custom domain problem.
  • It has various different causes.
  • It leads to many different symptoms, which can easily be confused for other problems.
  • Its symptoms can be chronic or intermittent- and may be immediate, or may take months to exhibit themselves.
  • It may require resolution by any blog guest, by the blog owner, by Blogger Support, and / or by a third party such as the domain registrar.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Setup A Custom 404 Not Found Display For A Blog

One of the simplest - and most user friendly - displays that you can add, to your blog, is a custom "404 Not Found" display.

A standard Blogger blog, by default, provides a terse advice, for invalid URLs.
Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.
Would it not be more user friendly, to use relevant slang, maybe.
Sorry, bro - that's not on!
You can do this - and more - with a little imagination.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Push The Limits, Expect Repeated Spam Classification

We're seeing a few blog owners, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, admitting to casual / multiple TOS offenses.
I have received many DMCA complaints - and I always sort them, as soon as possible. This time, my account was disabled.

How do I get my account back?
Here, there may not be an easy answer.

Blogger does not send out violation notices, so you can just stop what you're doing, when warned by the Policy Review team. They want you to stop what you're doing - and not do other things, that you're doing, that have not yet been detected.