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Monday, 30 November 2009

Jump Breaks - via your html Post Editor



Be Careful - For those bloggers, like me, who insist on using the Old Post Editor, the new feature Jump Breaks is still NOT available to you, although you can still use html code in your Template.

Also, be very careful you do NOT get confused, like I did, when reading the Blogger Help article, or the Blogger in Draft article, where it says:

"If you don't use the new post editor, you can still insert a jump break in Edit HTML mode by adding code where you want to position the jump break."


Unless, you work in Blogger in Draft, or use the New Post Editor (see: Settings - Basic / Global Settings / Select Post Editor), you can't just add a snippet of style code via your html Post Editor, in OLD Editor. Don't worry, though, it's easy enough to do in the NEW Editor ... just place a jump break in your post, click on Edit Html, and place the code where you want it, just like in the following image ...


* NOTE: This image shows the code in the NEW Html Editor - (Image copied from Blogger Help - for educational purposes only ...). Until Blogger iron out any, and all possible glitches, and stabilise NEW Editor, and add Spell Check, I won't be using it.





Once you have placed the Jump Break in your Html post, you will see a grey/gray line in Compose mode, where the Jump Break is positioned. You are then ready to Publish.

Don't make THIS mistake ...




If you add the code into your OLD Post Editor, you get formatting problems after posting. For example, the sidebar will go crazy, Page Elements will appear anywhere, the Read more won't appear, etc.



If you read some of the articles about Jump Breaks, you'll also notice that the wording can be changed - personalised, if you will, to suit your style.

By navigating to the Layout | Page Elements tab. Click Edit on the Blog Post widget, and then change the Post page link text to whatever you'd like ... see: Blogger Help article "Creating After the Jump summaries".





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Friday, 27 November 2009

Delete in haste? No way!



Occasionally, (far too often), a blogger comes to the Help Forum - generally, in a panic.

"I want to delete my blog, and all the posts on it. Help, please?"

and it's too often, that we see;

"I deleted my blog - accidentally - and I want it back! How do I?"


As I have always said, it is NOT a good idea to delete your blog, and I will NEVER understand why!

I'm not the only blogger who thinks like this, either.


I've even seen some bloggers reporting that they made a boo-boo and want to re-start. Or, they want to delete all posts, and start again. Why go to all that trouble?

If it's a simple thing, like you don't want a certain post being displayed, or the blog doesn't look the way you want it to - change it!

If you are sick of trying to blog the way you see others blogging, ask questions! There's millions of bloggers out there, who are happy to help you build a good-looking, effective blog, - and fix problems.

Don't delete the whole lot! I suppose I should have called this post, "Delete in haste, Re-consider at leisure."

I believe, from what I've seen and heard, that once you delete a post, it is gone - forever. Well, that's not necessarily the case, anymore. Keep reading ...

With blogs, no. Up to 90 days from DD - that stands for Deletion Day - you can restore your deleted blog - yourself.

Posts, sorry. Under normal circumstances, they're gone. Sometimes, Blogger may be able to restore them, but only if you can supply the URL of each post! I wouldn't like to be in the situation.


The end result doesn't have to be so. Delete in haste, Re-consider at leisure doesn't have to be the case. Hypothetically speaking, if I were to be considering deletion of a blog, and its posts, the first thing I would do is:

  • Download a Back-up copy of the blog Template - that way, if I decide I want to start blogging again, in a few months, or years, I can create a new blog (with the same Account ID), re-claim the blog URL, and set it up the same way the 'old' blog was.
  • I would Export a blog XML.file and keep it on my computer - in a Folder. That way, if I decide to start blogging on a new, or restored blog, I can upload, or Import all the posts that were on the old blog, or select just a few of the best ones.
  • I might even make a copy of my blog! - that way, I have a visual record of what the old blog looked like.
  • I would Record the Blog URL, the Google Account name and Password.
  • I would create a new Google Account, and Transfer the blog - as a Stub Blog - to the new Account, and then make it Private. Then, forget about it


Restoring your old blog, if the situation arises, can also be a relatively simple task - it depends on how long since DD.

There are lots of things you can do with a blog you don't want:
  • Stub it
  • Ignore it
  • Change its content, or theme
  • Make it Private
  • Hide it from your Dashboard, and Profile
  • Transfer ownership to someone else
  • Last resort - delete it.

...just to name a few. What does it cost you to keep the blog - un-used? Do you have to pay Storage? NO.


There's just some things to reflect upon, while your mind is still clear - should you be of a mind to delete a blog.

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Mail2Blogger - Secret Email-Posting Address



Have you seen this sort of problem reported by a blogger?

"Someone is posting unauthorised articles on my blog"

or

"Someone is putting advertisments for a Porn Site on my blog"

or

"There are photos on my blog which I did NOT put there! Help!"


If you have, then there's a pretty good chance that the blogger's < SECRET > email-to-Blogger - Email Posting Address, or Mail2Blogger address, has been compromised. In other words, someone has either been given the address, or has discovered it, by happenstance.





Once someone has this address, they can post to your blog - at will - if your setting is Publish Emails Immediately. You can, of course, change it.

Don't give it out to people whom you do NOT trust - explicitly.


Once you have used this feature for your purposes, disable it! You can enable it again, or you could even change it, occasionally, too. This address, like your account ID, should be regarded as SECRET!


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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Translate a French Blog - to...



Ladies and Gentlemen! Attention, please! -

Mesdames et Messieurs! Attention, s'il vous plaît!


Can you read, and perhaps, speak French? -

Pouvez-vous lire, et peut-être, de parler français?


If you come across a blog, which is written in French, do you just look at the pictures, then go? Do you try to translate phrases, one at a time, in Google Translator? Or, do you wish you could just click on a button, and translate the whole blog, to your language of choice - all at once?


Many of you know that my friend, Chuck, a.k.a. Nitecruzr, and me, Roberto, a.k.a. Grumpy1, have been burnin' the candle at both ends, over the last year, or so, with our efforts to get our Translator Tool up and running, and doing more languages (now 54). Well, together with that, we have done some extra testing, and believe we have a viable alternative to the en|?? - that's English to one of 50-odd other languages. We've also added some fancy-bits - like a border around each flag!










We created some new blogs, under our Cumulus (Blogs) heading, for testing, as well as Publishing. The codes will be presented as available, and French can be found... < HERE >






So, if you have a blog, written in French, try the code, in a Blogger html/javascript gadget, and give your Readers a chance to translate your writings. They'll appreciate it, I'm sure. That will help to reduce any bounce-rate, too. You can see the working model on the Cumulus-FR blog (linked above), or the English to ... model, on any of our blogs.



Latest update : Mar. 2017 - This Language gadget is no more, a viable alternative to the Blogger gadget, seen in my Sidebar. Thanks to all who supported us.


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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Image Borders - Want to vary them?



Speaking of borders around images, you can vary the border's appearance - with a little tweak of the Template.

I found these examples on W3 Schools site (... you really should bookmark this site!)

The normal, or default style, is solid. Here's an example of another: This style is called dashed.




So, how do you do that?

Well, the easy way is to navigate to your Layouts Template...< Edit HTML >. Then, and always, make a Back-up Copy of your Template - before and after, working on it!


Search for this section:

.post img {
padding:4px;
border:2px solid $bordercolor;
}


Do you see where it says, solid ? Well, that's what has to be changed, to achieve the above result.

For example,

.post img {
padding:4px;
border:2px dashed $bordercolor;
}



You may wish to delete the border entirely ...


.post img {
padding:4px;
border:none;
}



There are more options available, too. These might be... dotted, double, groove, ridge, inset, outset.





CSS Style is up to you. Play around with it and see what you like. Remember, make back up copies of the Template - before and after!


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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Disabling Right-Click



Over the last few years, bloggers with substantial interest in maintaining the integrity of their blogs, ask about protecting the content - such as Images. Here's just one example...



How do I disable the Right-Click function to stop people stealing my Images?





Well, I wrote a post on this subject, and in that post, I provided all the up-to-date advice I could find on the subject - all written by the experts.

The unfortunate sequel to that post is, nothing has really changed. It is still relatively useless to disable the Right-Click function, and people will still find a way to copy your Images, whether you do, or not. Disabling javascript (Right-Click function) only works for your computer - not mine!

As is said, about locks - "Locks are great for honest people! They are only a slight hindrance for a crook."


What can you do, then? How do you protect your hard work, or the integrity of your property, when using the Internet?

The simplest way, is, of course, not to publish copies of your images, your precious, one-off photos, which you alone value above nearly all else. But, that defeats the purpose, doesn't it? Yes.

Watermarking photos is probably the one way to ensure a modicum of security for your images, but, once again, if you are not very, very careful, in using the watermark, it can be in itself, the ruin of the effect you wish to achieve.

There are loads of sites where you can learn how to watermark, obtain the software for it, and read articles on it.

If you feel that someone has stolen your work - breached a copyright, Google provides a site where the guidelines for you to follow, for recourse, are displayed.

See also: Copyright and your blog

Remember: If it's on the Internet, it's ripe for someone to copy - all you can do is try to make it difficult for them.

See also: The Real Blogger Status blog - Blogger Magic


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Friday, 6 November 2009

Horizontal Reference - HR - Lines



There's hundreds of styles that can be added to your posts, by using html commands. It is always worthwhile familiarising yourself with html Goodies website.



One such command is the HR Line.




The example above is the basic <hr> line command. So far, I haven't noticed any need to type the command in Upper, or Lower Case, - the editor changes the case, anyway.

HR stands for Horizontal Reference. Using the html Editor, you can put one line on your page simply by typing <hr>. These are great for enclosing quotations - instead of using colour highlights, or indentations, etc. Make your own mind up.

The reference lines can have shading, can vary in thickness, colour, and length - and, they are always centred. They can also run from the left, or from the right... - see the tutorial link - HR Lines, above.

Here's an example of three lines, using colours, and various lengths and thicknesses.






The commands for these were:


<hr color="cyan" size="1" width="50%">
<hr color="orange" size="3" width="60%">
<hr color="green" size="6" width="70%">


So simple to use and will brighten-up your blog.
Here's an example of two lines which are only 50% wide, from the left, blue, and size 5 'thick', from the right, red, and size 5, 'thick' ...





Code is:
<hr color=blue size=5 align="LEFT" width="50%">
<hr color=red size =5 align="RIGHT" width="50%">


Try it - have fun!

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