Showing posts with label Settings - Basic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Settings - Basic. Show all posts

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Problems Verifying Domain Ownership, With Bad Domain DNS Addresses

We're seeing a few problem reports, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, from blog owners who started with bogus DNS addresses - and who can't retrieve the required verification address from the custom domain Publishing wizard.
What is my second "CNAME"?
The domain isn't working, and the Publishing wizard isn't helping!
These blog owners have domains with bogus DNS addresses, don't understand their mistakes - and are not being given the required advice from the Publishing wizard, how to fix their problems.

In some cases, the blog owner will see a well known "Error 12" (or similar alias error) - and in other cases, the Publishing wizard will display incorrect advice, that the blog is now published to the domain. In neither case, however, will the domain actually work - even if the second "CNAME" advice is presented by the Publishing wizard, and verification is properly installed by the blog owner.

Alternately, the blog owner may await the second "CNAME" in vain, because the domain is already published. Once the DNS addresses are corrected, the domain may work. Simply given advice to clear browser cache, the owner may find the domain operational.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Private Blogs And Google+ Comments

Recently, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, we've seen signs that Blogger considers Google+ Comments and privately published blogs mutually exclusive options.
How do I enable Google+ Comments?
and, alternately
I am trying to change our blog to private - but no options come up under "Permissions" - "Blog Readers". There is no "Edit" link.
These blog owners are discovering that, though one of the earlier publicised features of Google+ was the ability to distribute a substitute private blog posts feed, a private blog comments feed won't be offered.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Search Engines, And Private Blogs

Not every blog owner realises the relationships between private blogs, and search engine indexing.

Some blog owners think that private blogs can't be indexed, by the search engine robots. Given the way private blogs work, search engine access is not directly restricted - even though indexing activity is impeded.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Click On The "X" (If You Can Find It - And If You Mean To Do It)

The custom domain publishing form, in the dashboard Publishing wizard, causes confusion.

Occasionally, we see evidence of the confusion, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.
I need to cancel my domain - but Blogger won't let me!
I clicked on my dashboard, and now my blog isn't published to my domain!
These blog owners, and more, are perplexed by the Publishing overlay form, displayed for a blog published to a custom domain.

The custom domain overlay, in the dashboard Basic - Publishing wizard, is very elegant. The overlay design is similar to forms used by Blogger and Google+, to display photos.

The "overlay" form is appropriately designed, for its use. The form follows the function - and reflects the status of the blog. For all that, it's diabolically subtle.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Custom Domains Purchase - "Buy a domain" Lacks The "Check Availability" Option

We're seeing a few reports from confused blog owners, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, who want a non BlogSpot URL for their blog.
I have tried to follow the guide, but my page does not say the same as the guide.

Several blog owners, in trying to use "Add a custom domain" to buy a domain, are observing that there is no "Check Availability" sequence.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The "Create a new blog" Wizard Is Not Prescient

We're seeing some odd problem reports in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, about blog creation.
I entered just the first letter of the name which I wanted, and I immediately saw
Sorry, this blog address is not available.
How am I supposed to create a blog, if all the names are taken?

What intrigues me here is not that people see
Sorry, this blog address is not available.
It's that people don't ask the next question.
How did it know what name I was typing, before I finished?

How do you explain that you have to type the entire name, and have that name checked, before giving up, disappointed?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Renaming Your Blog Requires Choosing An Available Blog Name

Like creating a blog, the task of renaming your blog involves one very important step - choosing an available blog name.

When you rename your blog - as in change the blog address - you have to pick a name (address) that's not in use. Both creating a blog, and renaming a blog, suffer from one key detail - you can't identify an available address before you get started.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blogger Magic - Republishing A Custom Domain Published Blog

Sometimes, when you have a Blogger blog, published to a non BlogSpot URL, you may need to repeat the publishing process.

Maybe, you want to change the BlogSpot or domain URL, or change the blog - or maybe the previous publishing did not complete, properly. If the blog is currently published to a non BlogSpot URL, you can't just publish it, again. You have to start by publishing the blog back to a BlogSpot URL, before you can again publish the blog to a non BlogSpot URL.

Given the right planning, and understanding of the tasks involved, you can do all of this in 5 minutes - less time than it will probably take you to read these instructions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cloning Your Blog

Occasionally, we see evidence of wistful thinking in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?.
How do I make an exact copy of my blog, to another URL?
This should be a simple enough task - but it's not.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Custom Domain Publishing - Moving Back To BlogSpot, Using The New GUI, Isn't Obvious

The New Blogger GUI (2011) has been available for just over 6 months - and we see new confusion about using it, daily, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?.
How do I cancel my custom domain redirect, in the New GUI?
This is one specific question, that's been asked, recently.

The answer to that specific question is actually right there, in front of us - we just don't see it.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Blogger Magic - Identifying The Blog

Identifying Blogger blogs, as with identifying people, is an exercise in futility - or at least, complexity. As a person, you are addressed in number of ways, which will be contextually significant. Depending upon how / where you live, you may have:
  1. First name.
  2. Last name.
  3. Nickname (one, or many).
  4. Government identifier ("Social Security Number", and others).
  5. Home address.
  6. Business address.
  7. "Phone" number. How many phones do you have?
  8. Email address. How many email addresses do you have?
  9. SMS address (which may or may not be same as one or more "phone" numbers).
  10. Website address. How many websites do you publish?
  11. I'm not going to take all day writing this - give me a break!

Your blog has a number of ways of addressing it, too - and it may be to your benefit to consider each identifier, canonically.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Tranliteration Feature Is Disabled

Owners of Asian language blogs have been recently asking, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken
Why can't I publish in Hindi (Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, ...) any more?

(Update 2011/07/20): The Transliteration feature has been returned to availability.

Monday, March 21, 2011

In Custom Domain Publishing, The Naked Domain Redirect Is Optional (But Shouldn't Be So)

We see several problems weekly, which relate to custom domain redirects.
My domain root isn't working!
How do I get my naked domain to redirect to my blog??
Generally, we'll investigate, discover an apparent Google server problem in the original publishing sequence, and recommend recycling of the domain.

Sometimes, the solution is simpler - but we may not get to the simple solution, immediately.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Inviting Members To Your Blog

Some blog owners are confused about how to setup a team blog. Occasionally, in Blogger Help Forum: How Do I?, we see the query
How do I setup a second account, that I can give to my blog authors? I don't want them knowing my personal login and password!
as if there is only one account possible, for a blog.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

A Post Editor For Virginia USA

Recently, we have been reading comments from a few blog owners, who do not appreciate the latest version of the Post Editor, Some blog owners are so unhappy that they want Blogger to retain the old Post Editor, so they can avoid the changes indefinitely.

At first glance, this may seem like a reasonable idea - why not keep the old version indefinitely, to accommodate those who cannot move forward?. Unfortunately, that strategy is not really practical. As Blogger releases new features to Blogger, having two versions of Post Editor will require some features that have to be developed in two aliases, each alias being compatible with a different version of post editor.

Eventually, the next new version of post editor will be developed. Maintaining two old versions of post editor, or abruptly discontinuing the oldest version, would be an immediate necessity then. Neither strategy will really serve the folks who, right now, see the need to keep using the old version.

The answer here, folks, is that everybody needs to move forward, and start using the new version, sometime in the near future. As you move forward, you can help identify and report the problems found, so Blogger can fix the problems. To encourage reporting of problems, Blogger has developed an Issue Reporting Form, where you can report any issues found with the new (2010) Post Editor.

As you are able, move forward - and when you find a problem, or identify a feature that you don't like, report what you don't like. The sooner that you move forward, and report the problems that you discover, the sooner that your problems will be considered - and the more likely that your problems will be seriously considered ahead of the others who move forward later.

Help Blogger make the new post editor a good product. Move forward.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Google Webmaster Tools And URL Removal

If you have a blog that you don't want indexed by Google Search, you block it from being indexed using the selections in Settings - Basic. Sometimes, you may have a blog that you do want indexed, but specific posts that you do not want indexed.

You can block individual posts from being indexed, using Google Webmaster Tools, and the URL removal request tool.

The URL removal request tool is accessed from the "Crawler access" wizard in "Site configuration". Note the advice provided, first.
If private or out-of-date content is appearing in Google search results, use the Removal URL tool to request its removal (but first, make sure to review our removal requirements).
Having fulfilled the requirements, hit the "New removal request" button, and enter the URL of the post in question.

Note that you will be required to verify that the specific URL is returning a "404" or "410" in the "Crawl errors" or similar diagnostic report, before continuing. You'll also be asked for the removal reason.
  • Remove page from search results and cache
  • Remove page from cache only
  • Remove directory

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Republishing A Custom Domain Blog

Sometimes, when you are publishing a blog to a custom domain, you'll have a problem with the settings. Some settings problems can only be solved by repeating the publishing process. But you can't repeat the process - once a blog is published to a URL, you can't just publish again, to the domain URL.

In some cases, you have to publish the blog back to BlogSpot, then re publish to the domain. In other cases, you have to return the blog to a BlogSpot publishing, so you can solve some problems now - and return to the domain publishing, at some unknown time in the future.

This is all done from the Settings - Publishing wizard, which you access from the Blogger dashboard - and it's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3 - 4.
  1. Always start by getting a new ownership verification token, and adding it to the domain DNS address list. Pay careful attention to DNS address entry conventions! If you are instructed to add a "CNAME", you do have to add a "CNAME" - regardless of older instructions!
  2. If the blog is currently published to the non BlogSpot domain, you'll simply have to click on the "X", to re publish to the previous BlogSpot URL.
  3. Click on
    Add a custom domain
  4. Now, you have several possibilities.
    1. In many cases, you will be republishing to an otherwise properly purchased domain. Click on
      Switch to advanced settings
      The previously used custom domain should be already displayed, in the Advanced settings window. Click on the Save button, and your domain should be online.
    2. Occasionally, the domain was not successfully purchased, even though the BlogSpot URL redirects. Alternately, you may have let the domain expire - and you now have to buy a new domain. In either case, you have to purchase a domain, again.
  5. OK, it couldn't be quite that simple, could it? Don't forget to select
    Redirect to
    if desired - and if you are not publishing to the domain root.
Solve the CAPTCHAs handily enough, and you can be done in 5 minutes. It's 5 minutes well spent, too.
For more details on the re publishing process, see Roberto's Report: Re-Publishing to, and back to a Custom Domain.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Want Your Blog Deleted Or The URL Freed Up? Do Not Delete Your Blogger Account

In March 2009, Blogger changed its blog deletion procedure, to let you recover a mistakenly deleted blog on your own, and to make a blog's URL available when the blog is deleted.
  • When you use the "Delete blog" wizard in Settings - Basic, a deleted blog goes into a "Deleted But Recoverable" status.
  • The blog is immediately visible on your dashboard, possibly behind the "View all blogs" link, and is displayed with an "Undelete this blog" link.
  • 90 days after you use "Delete blog", the blog is truly deleted, and the URL is made available to the public, on a "first come, first served" basis.

However, this process applies only to deletions using "Delete blog".
  • If you delete a Blogger or Google account, any blogs owned by that account are locked to that account. The URLs for those blogs will be permanently un available to the general public.
  • If you want the blog URL to be immediately available to another individual Blogger account, you have to transfer control of the blog, properly.
  • If you want the URL to be immediately publicly available, you have to rename the blog to publish to another URL.

Please, don't make the mistake of deleting the account that owns a blog, purely to transfer control of a blog to another account. If you do that, you'll have toDo it right, the first time, please.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Less Traffic To Our Blogs

One of the more active (and frequently controversial) subjects discussed in this blog is getting more traffic to our blogs, also known as getting the blog indexed by the search engines. Not everybody wants their blogs indexed, though.
How do I make sure my blog is NOT found by search engines?
That question is asked, regularly. And, in truth, there is only one truly effective answer.
Don't publish your blog on the Internet.
This is similar to the question (and answer)
How do I keep my blog private?

Short of absolute effectiveness, the most obvious solution is the two Settings - Basic options. And there are other tweaks which you may find, in Google Webmaster Tools.

And, in the spirit of locking the barn after the horses have been stolen, there is the subject of Removing Your Blog From The Search Engines Caches. Search engine caches, like browser caches, won't clear overnight, if ever.

You'll need to note that the entries in "robots.txt", that result from the two Blogger options "Add your blog to our listings?" and "Let search engines find your blog?", are advisory only - not all search engines observe either setting. And the various search engines accept feeds from each other, in various relationships.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Accepting Membership In Another Blog May Change Post Editor Settings

Recently, we've seen an occasional question about mysteriously changed post editor selections.
Where did my options toolbar go?
Why do I now see the new post editor?

Right now, as part of the deployment of the new post editor, there are 3 selections, in Settings - Basic - Global Settings - Select post editor.
  • Updated editor
  • Old editor
  • Hide compose mode

If you make this change under one blog, you'll find it true for all of your blogs. I've also noted, under some circumstances, that when you accept membership in someone else's blog, and the other person was using a different post editor selection, the other person's selection will now be yours, globally.

The next time that you accept membership in a blog, check your post editor setting. If the owner of the blog was using a different setting, your setting may have changed.

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