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Friday, 19 February 2010

Auto-Pagination - Great News Buzz



If you have been watching, or Following, Blogger Buzz, you'll see that they are testing Auto-Pagination, which will speed-up the loading of web pages.



Blogger says;


"...Latency is a word you hear a lot at Google. We are always looking for ways to make our products faster, because we have consistently found that faster page loads mean more satisfied users..."

In other words, readers will not spend time waiting for blog-pages to load a lot of, well, sorry to say this, 'crap'. Many readers throughout the world, pay for bandwidth and don't want to be wasting their money, and time. Blogger adds;


"...This has lots of implications. Users suffer — pages take longer to load, and for anyone around the world who pays for their bandwidth, they can incur unnecessary charges as their browser downloads more content than needed. You suffer, because as latency increases, page-views go down."

So, what are they doing? Blogger is releasing a change to the way in which a page, particularly search results pages, label pages, and archive pages, are loaded.


"We will dynamically adjust how much content to send to the browser depending on (a) the amount of HTML on the page being requested (in kilobytes) and (b) the number of images on the page. Users can continue to use “older posts” and “newer posts” navigation elements to see additional posts..."

and further,


"... We expect the change to be fully deployed over the next week, and once fully deployed, we expect to see several results:

  • pages will load faster
  • page-views, if impacted at all, may increase





I don't know about you, but this is great news for me, as I spend a lot of time surfing blogs and seeing what's out there.


Great work, Blogger!


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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Changing the Title of a Post



Can I, and if so, how do I change the title of a post, after I have published it?


The answer to the first part of that is YES. You can change the post title, after you have published the post - BUT, the URL will NOT change.


Let me explain how. If you publish a post and then decide to change the post title, simply click on Edit Posts, from your Dashboard, select the post you wish to change the title of, and change it! Then, re-publish the post. No worries. The URL, which has already been allocated to that post, will NOT change. I really don't see any need for it to change, anyway, unless there is a glaring error. However, if you do want the URL to change, you have to make a New Post, AND, use a different post title, otherwise, the URL will reflect it. Blogger won't allow duplicate URLs - See: here


eg: - If you do want to change the post title and the URL, start a 'New Post', add the content of the 'old post' (copy and paste), then re-publish with the New Post Title. That will give you the old post content, a New Post Title and a new Post URL. Simple. Then, and don't forget this - delete the 'old post'!


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