Monday, February 28, 2011

Slide show, only the codes showing!

Q: Embedded slideshow not working on new blog (works on old one perfectly) only shows code when posted. Why?
A: On the new post editor, the compose mode will show only codes when published. Use [edit HTML] mode for slides. On old post editor, either the [edit HTML] or the [compose] mode works.


source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=4e07e14f909a2e23&hl=en

New blogger

Q: I am a new blogger. How do I get my blog read?
A: You can try commenting on this thread: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?fid=525634ff564fdd8e00049d4bca2ce349&hl=en

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Upload photos

Q: How do I upload photos to existing post?
A: Updated post editor
Please go to settings>basic>select post editor.
Choose new editor. Save settings
You can change back and forth, if you wish, later.

If you wish to upload photos to your existing post. Click:
1. edit post
2. "add image" icon. (on the "compose mode" tool bar, next to Link)
3. browse (max 5 photos at a time)
4. upload image
5. done 

6. publish post

You have to upload them one at a time to your post editor where you can arrange them (left/right/centre), choose the size (small/medium/large) add captions and some text. Then click publish post. All your photos will appear on your post. 

Another way to add photos
If you have Picasa, fill the tray with photos you wisk to add to your blog. Upload photos to your blog directly by using the button "blog this". The photo will appear on a new post. You cannot insert a photo to an existing post by using [blog this].

source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=67a582c85b9e1474&hl=en

Blogger features

Q: What are the Blogger features?
Here is a link: http://www.blogger.com/features

Revert widgets templates to default

Q: My comment links are gone. Why?
A: Design>>edit html>>Revert Widget Templates to Default
Save template. Be sure to make a backup copy of your template before starting.
source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=17deefa35a22efd0&hl=en

Cloud picker

Q: I can't upload images to my blog; it takes me to something called google cloudpicker; why?
A: Clear your cache. If that doesn't work, switch back to the old editor and use html mode to upload photos. Then switch back to new editor and compose mode to continue placing your photos on the post editor.
Publish post.
More info about cloud picker from Katney on this link:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=21b595dc69546a75&hl=en

Google my name

Q: how do I make my blog (on Blogger) searchable by my name?
A: Use your name as the blog address (URL) and the blog name. Keep on making more posts to improve your Google ranking. Next, you register your blog with search engines:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Change font

Q: I can't see the font change after I change it in Advanced. What am I doing wrong?
A: To change font in Advanced in template designer, you have to stipulate where and which text you wish the font to change. It is not possible to change the font for every thing all at once. Select one of these: Page, blog title, blog description, tabs text, date header, post title, gadget tile, gadget text, etc.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Terminology

Q: How do I specify which of my pages I want a post to go under?
A: On Blogger, it is mainly about posts, not pages. Normally you make a new post. It ends up on top of your other posts in reversed chronological order. The number of posts you can make, is almost unlimited. However if you use static pages, you are allowed to have only 10 pages. 

Posts
Unlike other blogging platforms (word press, my space, typepad, livejournal, multiply, facebook, orkut, friendster, hi5), on Blogger, we do not call a blog, a blog. We call it a post. When you wish to make a new blog, you should click on "new post". Other wise you would be creating blog after blog with just one post each. That is terrible. No one will read your blogs arranged this way, all over the internet.

1. Sign on to your blog using your ID and password here: www.blogger.com
2. On your dashboard click on "new post"
3. Type inside the post editor (large box) or upload a photo
4. Publish post.

Your blogging area will be filled by your posts as you add more posts (no limit). The side bars are meant for adding gadgets: About me, archives, labels list, link list etc. Continue to add posts to your blog. Please do not create too many blogs today. What you need to do is add more posts to your blog. One blog is usually enough for most new bloggers.

Pages?
This term, as used on Blogger, refers to static pages which appear as tabs under the header: Home, About me, recipes, my blog list, etc.  Static pages 9max 10) have only limited uses on Blogger.

create another static page?
On your dashboard, click on edit posts>>edit pages>>new page
A page editor appears. Create a title for your page, create the page, publish page.
You are allowed to have 10 static Pages. They will appear horizontally, as tabs under your header. The first tab will always be [Home]. You may choose the names for the other tabs e.g. About me, contact me, photos, recipes, my other blogs, etc.


*************
Once you understand the above, you can go one step further. Create an entirely new blog for a new topic. All this can be done under the same account. The limit is 100 blogs per account.

create a blog
On your dashboard, click "create a blog" (top, right hand corner) Most new bloggers are happy with just one blog for a long time. Please try not to create too many blogs today.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Add friends

Q: How do I add friends on Blogger?
A: Blogger is not really a social blogging platform like FaceBook. We don't "add" friends to our blog. You can "follow" a blog if you wish and you can place a follower gadget in the side bar to "allow" others to follow your blog.

If you feel extra generous, you can also add a subscribe gadget in your side bar to allow your viewers to subscribe to your blog. It is listed as feed and subscription links (under gadget>>basic). All viewers need to do is click on these icons and choose the way they wish to receive feeds from your blog. This will activate an email to them every time you make a new post.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hijackers beware!

mlengela,
This thread is about profile problem and it belongs to some one else (Okie). It is closed, finished, kaput. Tagging along to the end of this thread like this will not serve any useful purpose. It is termed as hijacking, unless you are answering Okie's question above. 

You need to start a new thread in order to get any response from other helpers. No one will look here because the helpers will first screen through questions with 0 response. then they look at those with 1, 2, 3, 4 ....replies. This one shows 10. No one will look here for sure.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My blog has been removed

Q: Please let me know the reason for blocking my blog.
A: I tried to view your blog. There was a message saying that your blog has been removed (not blocked). It is therefore not very clear to me what exactly has happened or why.
You will not get an answer from anyone else because, if you are  a spammer, you will learn (from the answer) what not to do in the future and continue your spamming! Blogger won't tell you what they are looking for as the real spammers will immediately work out how to avoid being caught. On the other hand, if you are NOT a spammer, it could mean that the Google robots has removed your blog in error (false +ve). Robots are not well known for explaining why they do things. Either way, you will still not get a satisfactory answer, why your blog is gone. 

Here is a link with some explanation:  http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=35d61124ecd041aa&hl=en No amount of shouting, begging, tears or adrenalin flow will help in this case.
It is a very long and tedious process which may or may not work; but you can have a go if you like.
You should read this and try to do the 4 steps for getting your blog back:

Monday, February 14, 2011

URL not available

Q: I have deleted my blog. Why is the URL not available for reuse?
A: Deleting a blog will simply put it out of your reach for 90 days. You need to undelete your blog and do a proper transfer. Make the blog in question into a team blog, with two members, then removing the original team member:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?answer=41448


source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=74949f9439916531&hl=en

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fish gadget

Q: How do I add the fish gadget?
A: Design>>add a gadget>>most popular
+
configure gadget
save

Links not visible

Q:How do I make my links within my posts visible BEFORE you hover over them?
A: Please go to design>>template designer>>advanced>>link
Change your link colour to contrast more with your background colour. 
To save changes, click "apply to blog"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to report a problem?

Q: How can I share my expertise and knowledge best, in Blogger Help Forum?

A: Here is a link: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=40f22ed096c1308d&hl=en

Here are some quide lines and etiquette:
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=150831


Delete account

Q: How do I deactivate/cancel/close down my Google blog and account?
A: Please read this: http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=41932

delete profile
Please go to your dashboard and click on "edit profile".
un-check all the boxes (including the first item "share my profile"), remove your photo and clear data in all other boxes (replace data with fictitious info if compulsory) Save profile.

Please don't do it. Deleting a blog merely puts it out of reach. It benefits no one. You lost control of it. Make it instead, into a stub blog. First deleting all the posts on it and removing all other personal details. Then leave it. You can always return to it in the future. Here is an example of a stub blog: http://davidchin88.blogspot.com

but if you insist...
delete blog
Sign on using your ID and password here: www.blogger.com
Go to dashboard and click on:
1. settings
2. basic
(under "blog tools" you have 3 options. One of them is "delete blog")
3. delete blog
4. delete this blog
Be aware that the blog address (URL) is now locked and you cannot reuse it again. You have 90 days to change your mind.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Alternative to following

Q: Is there an easier way to following?
A: You can add a subscribe gadget in your side bar to allow your viewers to subscribe to your blog. It is listed as feed and subscription links (under gadget>>basic). All viewers need to do is click on these icons and choose the way they wish to receive feeds from your blog. This will activate an email to them every time you make a new post.


source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/blogger/thread?tid=5e002b75b06ada46&hl=en&fid=5e002b75b06ada4600049bbb896f4a58

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Undelete blog

Q: I deleted my blog accidentally. How do I get it back?
A: You can undelete your blog (within 90 days). Please sign on to your dashboard with your ID and password here: www.blogger.com
Look for an "undelete" tab. If you don't see it, click on "show all"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Formatting problems

Q: Why are the formatting problems in the post editor, not fixed?
A: Most of the formatting problems in the post editor have been identified. Solutions have been found on this forum. We know that Blogger and Microsoft are not compatible:
1. Copy/paste first to Notepad and then copy/paste to the post editor.
2. use the edit HTML mode instead of the compose mode.

helpful links: 


Only photos are showing on my blog

Q: Nothing shows up in my blog, only photos. All the text are gone. Why?
A: Your text colour is white! Your post background is also white!
You need to change one to contrast with the other. Then you can read your text.
design>>template designer>>advanced>>page>>text colour
Choose black text
press "apply to blog" to save changes.

Wider blog

Q: How do I make my blog wider?
A: You can make your post area wider if you are willing to move your side bars contents to the footer.
Click design. Drag and drop all your side bar gadgets to the footer.
Your requirement is to reduce the width of the side bars to zero and increase the width of the post area to maximum (1000 px) covering the whole monitor screen.

design>>template designer>>layout
Select a body layout with no side bar at all.
Select a footer with 2 compartments.
click "apply to blog" to save changes. 
Click design, drag and rearrange all your gadgets in the footer.

design>>template designer>>adjust widths
Slide the pointer to extreme right (1000px)
Click "apply to blog" to save changes.

You will have a blog which will look something like this:
http://davidchin8888.blogspot.com

An extra page?

Q:I have my main page for my blog which im going to use for most things, but I want an extra page for a different topic, am i able to do this?
I want to be able to post on the extra page without it having to appear on the main page?
blogger has extra pages but these are static, what does this mean? please help

A: On Blogger, it is mainly about posts, not pages. Normally you make a new post. It ends up on top of your other posts in reversed chronological order. The number of posts you can make, is almost unlimited. However if you use static pages, you are allowed to have only 10 pages. Each page has only very limited features; no comment box, no labels and it stays static. You normally do not add anything to it.

Posts
Unlike other blogging platforms (word press, my space, typepad, livejournal, multiply, facebook, orkut, friendster, hi5), on Blogger, we do not call a blog, a blog. We call it a post. When you wish to make a new blog, you should click on "new post". Other wise you would be creating blog after blog and not a single post. That is terrible. No one will read your blogs arranged that way.

1. Sign on to your blog using your ID and password here: www.blogger.com
2. On your dashboard click on "new post"
3. Type inside the post editor (large box) or upload a photo
4. Publish post.

Your blogging area will be filled by your posts as you add more posts (no limit). The side bars are meant for adding gadgets: About me, archives, labels list, link list etc. Continue to add posts to your blog. One blog is usually enough for new bloggers. Please do not create too many blogs today. What you need to do is add more posts!

Pages?
This term, as used on Blogger, refers to static pages which appear as tabs under the header: Home, About me, recipes, my blog list, etc.  Static pages have only very limited uses on Blogger, (max: 10)

create a static page
On your dashboard, click on edit posts>>edit pages>>new page
A page editor appears. Create a title for your page, create the page, publish page.
You are allowed to have 10 static Pages. They will appear horizontally, as tabs under your header. The first tab will always be [Home]. You may choose the names for the other tabs e.g. About me, contact me, photo galleries, recipes, my other blogs, etc.


*******
Once you understand the above, you can go one step further. Create an entirely new blog for a new topic. All this can be done under the same account. The limit is 100 blogs.

create a blog
On your dashboard, click "create a blog" (top, right hand corner)

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