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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Pages

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New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Pages

Blogger's Static Pages, now just called Pages in Blogger in Draft's New GUI (Graphic User Interface), is one feature that I have never used, however, after a day of preparing this post, with images and testing, I am confident that anyone could use this feature without too much trouble.


The Pages feature is accessed through the Posts option, from the Dashboard ...



This is the Pages screen. The HOME title listed in the center of the screen defaults to your Blog URL. This title can changed (see further down).



Once on the Pages screen, select a Blank Page to create your Page on ...



Select which Editor you wish to use, and add your Text ...



or, a photo ...



Once you are satisfied, you can 'Save' the Page as a Draft, Look at a Preview, Close the screen, or Publish it, by clicking 'Save Arrangement'.

If you Save the Page as a Draft, it will list on the right-hand side of the Pages screen, as in this next image ...



or, if you 'Save Arrangement' - ie: Publish the Page, it will line up below the 'HOME' listing, under Pages ...



The 'Finished', or Published Page is then viewed on the blog ...




Two very important choices are now to be made - do you want to add a Top Tab, as per your existing blog template, or a Side Link, to be used like a sidebar gadget.

The Top Tab ...




The Side-Link gadget ...




If you wish to use the Page to direct your reader to another site, you need the Web Address option ...



If you wish to change the title 'HOME' you can do it here ...



If you wish to change the order of appearance of Pages, simply grab and drag the pages within the list ...



The Pages gadget can be viewed, or edited, here ...




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4 comments:

Zuzu's Petals said...

Very very helpful Bob, thanks.

Now that you've gone through all this trouble, can I just say that I intensely dislike the new UI. ;) Previously the edit pages were nice and compact, and now not only does the content take up lots of screen real estate (forcing me to scroll) the eye doesn't know where to land because everything is so washed out. iTunes did this, and so did JIRA, and it makes me sad that Blogger feels it needs to copy other UIs.

Furthermore, I'd love to smack the person who decided to change an intuitive button like Publish into 'Save Arrangement.' Save doesn't sound like it will publish anything.

I'll read your other related posts on this topic, but I have gone back to the old way of using Blogger and won't use the new UI until I have no choice.

I'd love to know what other users think.

Bob said...

Hi Zuzu
If anyone has an eye for detail, and cosmetics, it's you - and that's what I think Blogger is guilty of - change for the sake of change!

I don't use Pages, although I could, I suppose, so it's all new to me, however, I see good uses for them. I agree with the 'Publish' button - why change something that's tried and tested? Mmm.

The 'Save' button is for saving to Draft only, and replaces the 'auto-save' feature which many reported as causing problems.

I, too, would like to hear other people's ideas on it, so it's wait and see, I think, though I have to admit, I think it's got a lot of very good features, too!

Cheers!

Zuzu's Petals said...

I should probably stop being such a curmudgeon and poke around Blogger in draft a bit more. You really went above and beyond with your pictorial tutorials, which is much appreciated.

I'm glad to hear that you think there are some improvements. I shall keep an eye out for those. Although Blogger had some bugs, I did like the way the interface looked.

Bob said...

Ha - curmudgeon? Hardly. Maybe, with all the work you are putting in with hubby's 'man-cave', you're a little exhausted?
I love lots of images in my posts - saves a lot of text, and, in my experience, they stick in the memory.
I don't know of anyone who is 100% in favour of the New GUI, but not much we can do, other than keep suggesting where we see need.
Is change really as good as a holiday? Mmmm.

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