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No effort has been made to stay within the bounds of the truth in this blog as it has always been the view of the management that the truth should never be allowed to stand in the way of a good story.
Monday, August 21, 2006
No it's not bad news, I have been playing around with all the bells
and whistles that I like to put on my sites, you are warned by
Blogger that you will loose the extras that you may have saved,
things like counters, blog rolls, calendars, clocks, etc don't worry
there is a work-around for this.
If you intend to swap over, and my recommendation is to do it,
before you start the change over, open your template, scroll down
to near the bottom and locate "Sidebar begins" and save ( ctrl C )
everything between there and "Sidebar ends" to a Word doc, now
when you make the change to Beta Blogger you can reinstall your
extras through the new "customise" and "add a page element" and
finally "add HTML" copying the code material (one piece at a time)
from your saved Word doc and adding it to Blog, click Save,
(where-ever you see it) and your old coded blog roll or whatever will
be on your new sidebar.
There have been questions in many of our minds about the new
Beta Blogger; I also had read a bit about it and was then invited
to guest post on a fellow bloggers site so that I could have a
look around the new layout my thanks to Kelvin who is a Kiwi
from across the ditch, as he puts it, in New Zealand.
The front page doesn't change very much, there is quicker access to
some elements but it all looks pretty familiar, it's when you click on
customise and add a page element that the differences come out,
you now have a series of choices that you can make to set your blog
page up as you want to, largely this is done in straight text form,
no longer do you need to battle with that mysterious HTML code.
Some time ago I set up a blog, "Home At Duke Street" for the
purpose of experimentation with new ideas that I want to try out
without the risk of corruption of my other sites, this one I have gone
the full monty on while at holtieshouse, peters pictures and poetry
galore, I have changed to the Beta Blogger format but have yet to
implement all the changes on all sites.
Should anyone wish to visit Home At Duke Street it can be accessed
from my profile and the listed blogs, I did mention that this was an
experimental site, please note that no young ladies have been
injured in the Bouncers section!
My reaction to Beta Blogger has been very good so far, the only
problem I have encountered is in setting up the sub-sections to my
blogroll, and with a little more time and effort that may be doable.
The other aspect of Beta Blogger is that it seems Google, who own
Blogger, intend to make Beta the only version of Blogger in time,
no one is saying how much time, so it's good that it appears to be
a change for the better, on a personal note I believe that their
concentration on Beta is a probable cause of some of the problems
that have plagued us for months now, I'm just sayin'